Blogging Insights — Stats Rule

Blogging insightsIn her latest edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya asks us three questions about blogging statistics and traffic.

1. How often, if at all, do you check your blog statistics?

I admit that I check my stats multiple times a day. It’s just another way to get feedback about how many people are visiting my blog and viewing, liking, and commenting on my posts. This kind of feedback enables me to see what people enjoy and what doesn’t resonate all that much.

2. What methods do you use to increase reader engagement, (provided you care about this)?

Honestly, I don’t have any definitive strategy for increasing reader engagement. I do, though, as I said above, look at my stats and I try to use that data to help me make gain insights about my blog and to take small steps so that others will enjoy reading my posts. That said, based upon my declining views each month since August (see the chart below), I should probably consider coming up with a better strategy.0AE90795-9BE8-46E0-B97C-323B14D42398

3. Do you actively promote your blog on social media?

Not at all. I’m don’t have accounts on Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, or any other social media sites other than Facebook, on which I never post anything and only have an account there because my kids post everything they do day in and day out on Facebook.

10 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Stats Rule

  1. Sadje January 30, 2020 / 4:14 am

    A good way to assess how your blog is doing. But it should not be taken seriously! It can sometimes pull a person down when we don’t get enough views or likes!

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  2. Paulie January 30, 2020 / 7:19 am

    I look at stats a few times a day but I’ve learned not to put too much stock in them. I’ve also learned that a “like” is not an indicator that someone actually liked a piece or even read it. For instance this morning I woke up to find that someone “liked” about 25 of my posts and all within a minute. It might be believable if they were all short photo essays but some were actually long written pieces. Lastly he followed my blog. But for fluffing up my stats, the likes were groundless and frankly a bit aggravating. I put a good deal of work into my posts and so I would rather have fewer likes and more actual readers. That’s why I value comments and regular visitors over likes.

    I try to build my readership by looking for sites that publish material that is similar to my own. I read their posts and the posts of the readers that follow those sites.

    Dr. Tanya uses a clever mechanism that builds her own readership by asking readers to link back to her site and to # her particular tag. It works. I read your piece, clicked on the link to her article and then searched her tag. All of the photo challenges use that particular tactic and in contributing to one or two of those I’ve increased not only likes but also comments.
    That’s my two cents. Well, it was rather long so maybe more like a buck.

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  3. robertawrites235681907 January 30, 2020 / 9:23 am

    I am always interested in blogger’s comments on stats. I never check mine. I never really think about it. I can tell if a post is popular by the number of comments and likes, but I don’t particularly focus on it. I do share to FB and Twitter and I share a lot of other people’s posts on these platforms too.

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong January 30, 2020 / 9:36 am

    Everybody’s stats are down. I think blogging itself is in a bit of a slump. Mine are beginning to erratically go back up, but I don’t look every day. More like a few times a month. If I have a good conversation going, i figure I’ve gotten what i wanted. And also, I know a lot of people read most or all of my stuff in other places, like Facebook — and Garry emails posts to his group. I’ve got a lot more readers than the stats show and probably so do you. Stats are NOT the whole story.

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  5. JT Twissel January 30, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    Checking the blogging stats for me is always head scratching. I have no idea what works and what doesn’t. Blogging for me is just a way to practice writing and touch base with some lovely people around the world. However, everyone likes to be liked so if you figure it out, let me know!

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  6. Taswegian1957 January 30, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    I have to admit I check my stats almost every day sometimes more than once. I don’t really have a strategy for increasing them except to write a new post if I haven’t done so for a few days. My stats did drop a bit over the last few months but I expected that because I was moving and not able to do as many or as varied posts, plus I was in a bit of a writing slump for some months last year. I don’t really understand how WordPress does their stats anyway. I am mainly interested to see what posts remain popular over time and in our doll blog I like to see what information people are searching for and if our posts have provided good answers. I do take care to answer or at least acknowledge readers comments and it is from those that I sometimes get ideas for new posts. I don’t promote the blogs on social media. I used to share them on Facebook before they changed the rules and required you to share on a page. I’m still thinking about if I should do this. I don’t do Twitter or Instagram. I do have a Linkedin account, a leftover from job search days and I link to it but as I never visit the account I have no idea if it has any effect. I doubt it as they are hobby blogs nothing to do with the type of work I did.

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    • Fandango January 30, 2020 / 9:46 pm

      My blogging “productivity” has dropped over past few months due to my move, which is taking place next week. And my stats have suffered accordingly. Oh well, I guess that happens when real life interferes with blogging! 😂

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  7. leigha66 January 31, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    I look at them probably only once or twice a week. I am still hoping for the day I get a follower from Greenland.

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