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Overheard on #Blogchat: Stat Discouragement (@tsudo)


Do you participate in #blogchat? Every week, this weekly discussion on Twitter focuses on a specific topic and bloggers everywhere are invited to join in. Because I often have more to say than what will fit in 140 characters, every Sunday night, I post about some of the most interesting #blogchat tweets. Join the conversation by commenting below.

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This week’s theme: Understanding your blog’s analytics and using that info to grow your blog’s readership

As I’ve already said once tonight, stats are not my favorite. I don’t like analyzing them. Heck, I don’t even like checking them. I think one tweeter tonight especially touched on why stats are hard for me:

@tsudo: Measuring audience is important but don’t allow it to be a discouragement to creating useful content.

No matter how well my blogs are doing, I always have higher aspirations. I’m one of those annoying people who is never satisfied, even when I reach my goals. So, stats always seem like a bit of a let down to me. The doubt starts to creep in.

I’m not growing fast enough.

My reader bounce rate is super high. I must not be writing engaging content that encourages people to stick around.

Most of my referrals are from Google. I’m not doing enough to promote by blog through social networking sites, and no one feels compelled to retweet my links.

I had a bad stats day. All is lost.

I know in my heart that even a horrible stats day doesn’t mean that all is lost, yet it if easy to look at stats and wonder why you aren’t doing better. I bet some of the most popular bloggers in the world look at their stats some days and feel discouraged that they only have one million readers instead of two million readers.

The key is to be productive when you look at your stats, rather than letting it paralyze you and prevent you from creating good content.

Take a good look at your last two weeks of posts. Are they high quality? Are they original? Are they focused to be relevant for your target market? Are they consistent? If you truly believe in what you’re doing, keep doing it. Don’t stop just because you see a day of bad stats or aren’t growing as quickly as you wish you could be.

Of course, on the flip side, it is also important to not ignore bad stats. If your readership hasn’t grown for months, you have to ask yourself: why? Maybe you need to reevaluate your niche, your market focus, or your style approach. Don’t blindly continue to post for months or even years if you have no readers. Figure out why.

The point is, take any stat number with a grain of salt. It’s easy to get down on yourself if you think you could be doing better, but rather than simply not posting, continue producing high-quality content and take steps to discover why you aren’t doing as well as you’d like to be doing.

Check out “Overheard on #Blogchat” here every Sunday to read about some of the most interesting tweets from participating bloggers.


  • Tsudo

    We must be kindred spirits because you expressed the exact situations I found myself. In the early days of blogging it doesn’t matter, no one is reading so we spend time on all this stuff to increase readership when we should be focusing on writing.

    Then that moment comes when a big blogger/tweeter finds a post you’ve written and traffic increases exponentially. The hits are so extremeyou 3month graphs are unreadable because of this 20,000% spike.

    You just know this is your break & mashable is looking fir your number…the downside of such a swing is wet desperately want to repeat it. Once again using Seo, keyless, news w/ out analyses etc… All sacrificed at the altar of analytics.

    These #s will drive you nuts, chasing them or not writing because of them.

    I had to remember that I blog for me. I shoot for authencity, kindness, &usefulness.

    If readers come then I’m proud of what I’ve done , if the don’t then I’m still enjoying writing for me.

    Btw, keep writing, help ppl, build relationships and they will come.

    Parson any typos I’m mobile but wanted to share why those words helped me change my game.


    • Alli

      As a business person, I’ll never be satisfied with the “I write for me” mindset. I chose my blog topics for me, but I do strive to write for the reader, while still being proud of what I produce. So, for me, there’s that – though I also understand that some people blog for personal goals, not business goals. At the same time, I believe there’s such a thing as too much stat analysis, which is definitely where we agree. Listening to your gut – and your readers’ comments – is often a much more productive way to tweak what you’re doing to grow your blog.

  • Michele Price

    LOVE this, great idea. Great ideas spur more. The fact that you took action on yours is awesome.

    Many times I listened to folks at #blogchat say same things…your content must be relevant, your content must be valuable…those are all relative to your audience…so I ask when out networking -“What is your biggest frustration right now with social media?” Then I write posts answering those frustrations.

    Maybe simple, yet I am finding local businesses still do not think to subscribe and learn from bloggers like us yet. The mass do not leave comments-so analyzing your analytics to learn why you have not a lot of comments has not worked for me. Instead I pay attention to who comes, from where and what are they reading when they do come.

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