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30 Days to a Better Blog: Analyze Your Statistics

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Analyze Your Statistics

If your blog doesn’t come with some sort of statistics or analytics package, install one TODAY! I personally suggest Google Analytics because I find it easy to use and … well … analyze.

If you have a WordPress theme like Genesis, you can sign up for Analytics and install the code in the Header script. Otherwise you can download a Plugin like Google Analytics for WordPress to embed the code on all your posts and pages.

Once you’ve added your code and have a few days of data, it’s time to start analyzing your blog. Items you’ll want to look at include:

  • Number of Visits and Pages/Visit: This is your first indication of traffic and is best to track over a long period of time. Look for spikes and trends throughout the weeks, months, and years.
  • Bounce Rate: This percentage that shows the amount of single-page visits to your site. You want it as low as possible.
  • Average Time on Site: You want this to be as high as possible! If it’s too low it means readers aren’t finding the content they are looking for, your navigation is week, or there are other problems with the site.
  • Content Overview: This will show the highest single pages on your site for a specific period of time. You can look for trends and what your readers are interested in!
  • Traffic Sources: Find out how readers are finding your site.
  • Exit Pages: Are there post or pages with a high exit rate? If so, add better navigation and links at the bottom of the content!
  • Keywords: Learn what keywords search engine users are entering to find your site. These may come as a surprise – either good or bad! If people are finding your site for the “wrong” reasons – your bounce rate and time on site will be low. This means you need to take a look at your keywords and up your SEO efforts.

What else do you look for when analyzing your stats?

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Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld.com. She has been a freelance writer and blogger for over a decade, writing for About.com, iVillage and b5media. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni.


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  • Ajith Edassery

    Just saw this entry on blogging.alltop and thought of paying a visit. Incidentally, I was enabling the mobile version of the blog and this reminded me of setting up analytics for the mobile version as well (By default, many mobile themes don’t have this option)

    Do you have one of these 30 days talking about mobile edition of blogs/sites?

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