Your Life Your Blog: Stat Trackers

(Psssst… See the new Facebook “Like” button at the bottom of this post? Hint hint)

Hey, everybody!  It’s Monday again- time to share your life, and your blog!  First up, a Blogging Tip!

For today’s tip, I figured I’d talk about Stat Trackers.  I’ve been using Google Analytics for a long time, and I’ve always been happy with it.  There is a depth of statistics information you can get there, especially in the advanced options.blog stats

The most important numbers to look at are:

  • Unique Visits
  • Page Views
  • Referring Link
  • Bounce Rate (percentage of single page visits)

It doesn’t help to be obsessed with yourt stats (especially if you moved from Blogger to WordPress, lost all your Google Juice, and have at least half the traffic you use to. *sigh*) – And yes, I really need to read Kelby’s Book!  However, you need to at least be aware of who is visiting you, where they are coming from, how long they stay, and what they read.  It lets you know what changes to make- and what to keep the same!

I’ve heard lots of people say that Google may not be incredibly accurate, so I installed Get Clicky last night. See funky error code at the top of this blog.  Grrrrrrr.  If you know how to get rid of it, please let me know!

Do you track your blog stats?  What service do you use?

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Blog Linky

Now it’s time to link up any post from the last week that you’d like to promote! Just add the permalink of your post to the linky below, and then go visit the other links!!  When you read other blogs, tell you them you came from Real Life! If you’d like to spread the word, you can click the “RETWEET” button at the top, or share on Facebook!

I’ll be tweeting some of the posts with the hashtag #yourblog. I encourage you to tweet them too, and feel free to add your posts to my Facebook Fan Page as well!

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. Teri Lynne
    Twitter: TeriLynneU
    says:

    I use Blog Patrol … and I generally only check my stats twice a week. I am absolutely fascinated with the Google searches that land on my blog … my page views are so minimal as to be depressing to most other bloggers. I just like to tell myself that people are reading via email and in their Readers!! 🙂
    .-= Teri Lynne´s last blog ..Step Climbing =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    I know, right? I SOOOO need to be a better blog reader! I keep telling myself I’ll have more time eventually!

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  2. I just started using Google Analytics last week!! I have been pleased so far! I hope to not be controlled by the stats, but it is interesting/informative to see where my traffic is coming from! Thanks for this post – really helpful!! =)
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Sunday’s Song….. =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    I’m so glad, Rachel! Sometimes I find great posts that reference my blog, too, when I see people coming from there.

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  3. I just use StatCounter & the WP stats. I’m with Teri Lynne – I love to see what google searches direct readers to my blog & also what other bloggers are referral links.

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  4. Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight
    says:

    I also use Googly analytics…and I’m excited to read Kelby’s book! 🙂
    .-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..Circles =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    I bought Kelby’s Book months ago, and I REALLY need to read it!

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    Kelby Reply:

    Hahah! It’s broken into really quick bites (30 days worth), so maybe try doing the first day’s worth. I swear it won’t take long! I created it with busy moms in mind.
    .-= Kelby´s last blog ..Announcing Type-A Mom Conference 2010 =-.

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  5. Looks like you fixed the Get Clicky error because I’m not seeing anything funky! Congrats. I like Get Clicky a lot. I also use Google Analytics. I’m with Teri Lynne with the depressing nature of my stats. Oh well. I love the readers I have and am making great friends.
    .-= Amber @ Because Babies Grow Up´s last blog ..Happy Earth Day! =-.

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  6. pammy pam
    Twitter: IYAMPAM
    says:

    ive been using google analytics for a few weeks now. i dont totally get it and i dont try to look at it very often. i know learning to be a better blogger is a process so i focus on reading other blogs and being true to myself in my blog posts.
    .-= pammy pam´s last blog ..Death and social dynamics at a funeral =-.

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  7. Hello! Great tips! I would also add keywords to the list of analytics to keep an eye on. It can be a great way to see if you’re driving the right search traffic to your blog. If you see weird keywords consistently at the top of the list, you might want to re-title those posts to something relevant people are searching. Then you won’t get a bounce, but will get a reader who is interested in what you have to say.

    And thanks for the shout out about Mom Blog SEO! You rock!
    .-= Kelby´s last blog ..Announcing Type-A Mom Conference 2010 =-.

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  8. I just watch my WP stats, but I do need to look into another tracking service so I can figure out the unique page views. This is very helpful! Thanks for the links. I will look into them. 🙂
    .-= Run DMT´s last blog ..Marley is My Musical Therapy =-.

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  9. I have never used anything like this before, because I figure I would look at it too much, but you all convinced me…I signed up, so we will see. 🙂
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Walking in Unity =-.

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  10. Thanks for linky!

    I have sitemeter up, for curiosity’s sake. As a devoted underachiever, I don’t care very much what my stats look like. 🙂
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Contests Today =-.

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  11. MommaKiss
    Twitter: MommaKiss
    says:

    I use stat counter. Stats are fun – but I try not to get caught up in them. I mainly check to see if my work is reading me (GASP!)

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  12. It’s my first time linking up thanks to Mandi at It’s Come to This.

    I was at Blissdom and loved your Sarah Palin impersonation. She was just in our town too. I think she’s following me:)

    I also watched some of your episodes on MOMtv. Remember the chicken and broccoli baggies:) Glad you were able to lose the weight.
    Take Care!
    .-= Adventure Mom Janna´s last blog ..I Put Mabels Labels to the Test: Watch My Video =-.

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