Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blog stats

I've been writing this blog now for a couple of months, trying to average about a post a day. Google Analytics tells me I've got 1200 pageviews from 539 visits, 309 of them unique, mostly from the U.S. The stat-keeping is pretty amazing - for example, I know that somebody from Mid-Michigan Community College visits every few days, and that 18 visits have come from iPhones.

I signed up for AdSense ads here, mostly because I was curious about how they worked. The short answer is, they don't - I have had no clicks and generated no revenue from them. I didn't expect to, so that's not by any means a crushing disappointment, but it's interesting nonetheless - I know some blogs are major moneymakers through ad sales, but they likely have a far greater readership than do I.

I also publish the blog as a feed, and there are about 20 folks who follow the feed in various ways, either through Blogger.com or via FeedBurner.

I'm curious how many of my visits and clicks are from me - I think the Google Analytics algorithms make at least an attempt to filter me out of the stats, because the total number of visits from Greensboro, NC, are nowhere near the number of times I log in. But I'm not clear on exactly what's included - I may well be generating a significant fraction of my own traffic.

It's pretty interesting seeing how this all works as I cut my blogging teeth here. I hope the blog has been useful for those of you who stop by. Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dave!

    Google Analytics does allow you to completely filter out your own clicks, but it's not exactly obvious. A while after I started my blog I realised most of the traffic was me, which I was unhappy about. Analytics has a 'Filter manager' and you can create a specific filter (and a related cookie) that only you know about. Once you've set it up you have to visit your site from your own computer with a string (something) like this in the address bar:

    http://[URL]/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=internal&utm_campaign=internal

    Analytics doesn't make this stuff simple, but it really isn't too complicated (I think I Googled and found a tutorial online) and once it's set-up doesn't require any ongoing work.

    It's over a year since I set it up, so am unsure now of the steps, but it wasn't rocket science!

    And keep up the good work on the blog!

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