How Tobey MacGuire made me $3.36

Okay, this is getting weird. Earlier in the month, as regular readers will know, I started to notice a lot of traffic coming to this website from people searching for keyword Toby Mcguire on Google. Careful spellers will know by now that the famous actor, Tobey MacGuire, does not spell his name this way.

In other words, I was the beneficiary of the traffic of the misspelling teen idol fans of the Internet.

Near as I could tell, this traffic was coming this way because a fellow named Matt Mcguire from Tyne Valley commented on a story about West Prince last July.

Of course as I mentioned this, with several uses of the target phrase Toby Mcguire, the popularity of the site in Google, vis a vis Toby Mcguire, the misspelled idol, grew and grew.

As I mostly missed out on the big Internet bubble, I decided that it was time to cash in on my (Toby’s?) newfound popularity. And so I scrounged around and found a poster company with an affiliate program and signed myself up. Then I modified this website so that any traffic coming from anywhere else that has Toby in the URL ends up going to this special page.

The result. This website is now the most popular one on Google for the search Toby Mcguire Photos.

For the first couple of days I carefuly checked my affiliate report two or three times a day, waiting for the teen money to start flowing in. Then I lost interest, and forgot to check for an entire week.

Imagine my surprise today when I checked in and found that I’d earned myself $3.36. That’s US dollars!


Well, one person bought a Toby Mcguire/Tobey Macguire photo.

And, strangely enough (and more lucrative), someone else bought a print of Vase of Roses by van Gogh.

At this rate, I’ll have enough for Oliver’s college tuition in about 97 years. There’s always Spider-Man 2 to hold out for, though, and the new Spike Lee.


Andrew's picture
Andrew on May 28, 2002 - 14:27 Permalink

And people say site statistics are a waste…

Justin's picture
Justin on June 1, 2002 - 03:48 Permalink

Tobey MacGuire the ‘famous actor’… Pardon me, but doesn’t famous imply that next week he?/she? WILL be remembered?

Grace Laslett's picture
Grace Laslett on July 17, 2002 - 07:47 Permalink

Tobey MacGuire is a great actor and because of his recent project spider-man he is sure to be remembered!

Anna's picture
Anna on January 15, 2005 - 05:55 Permalink

I want to mary Tobey MacGuire, lol. No, I’m really not that immature. But, he’s very talented and really cute too!

Olivia Rukavina's picture
Olivia Rukavina on May 29, 2022 - 11:59 Permalink

20 years!