31DBBB Day 30: Monitor Your Blog
This is Day 30 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ of us bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers.
Wow, the penultimate day of a very intense group blogging project. Thank goodness for weekends
Today’s task is perfect for gauging how much of a difference the 31DBBB project has made on your blog. If you had already setup a way to measure your blog before, then you would be able to see that difference even better, otherwise it is never too late. I know that there are many 31DBBB peeps that do not have self-hosted blogs, but the concept of tracking visitors and visits is an important part taking your blog to the next level, and therefore worth considering.
Here are some ways that you can measure your blog’s statistics (as you can see in the eBook there is a lot that you can measure):
- WebMaster Tools (Google, Bing and Yahoo): They give you the ability to view the performance of your site.
- Built in statistics: Blogs on wordpress.com do display search keywords, referrals, incoming and outgoing links.
- Google Analytics. This should be the go-to tool for everyone. It is free and it gives you a lot of information. The hard part is understanding the numbers and graphs, and doing something about them.
- Yahoo Analytics. Unfortunately this is a paid service, confound it. If you are actually using it – I would love to hear your thoughts.
- Site Overlays, TouchMaps etc. Google has a Site OverLay that gives you little percentage boxes indicting where people click. A search for plugins will get some interesting utilities that will show you where people click and navigate to. This kind of thing can give you the general feel of how people move around in your blog or website.
Some lists on other blogs:
- 10 Free Analytics Tools for Ministry Sites (ChurchCrunch)
- Track Online Traffic (Mashable)
- 20 Blog Analytics Tools (toprankblog)
A couple more:
- woopra – I used this for a while. It integrates nicely with your Google Analytics Account as well as providing real time statistics and information as people visit your site. The only problem is that it runs as a separate application that keeps you wanting to see what is happening. You can even start a chat with a visitor.
- What are your thoughts on Analytics and measuring your blog’s statistics?
- Have you made use of any? Have they helped in any way?
- What type of statistic/s do you hope to improve upon?
The Extra Mile
A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further today…
- Reply & give other bloggers feedback on the little things they do.
- When other bloggers include a link to a new article they’ve posted today, click, read, and comment on it.
- Review Chad Estes’ blog and give him some feedback.
- Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.
Phillip Gibb; I am a Christian, a husband to a beautiful wife and father of two stunning children. It is my dream to make a Film one day and to Glorify God on my journey there. I blog at SynapticLight and twitter at phillipgibb.