Thursday, September 13, 2007

#9 Track the Facts

So far, in our '10 Commandments of Blogging' series, we've discussed...

#1 Pick a Platform
#2 Win the Name Game
#3 Find your True Colors
#4 Hit Your Target
#5 Be Consistent
#6 Comment Unto Others
#7 Think Themes
#8 Add On

The 9th Commandment of Blogging is about one of my favorite subjects: Statistics! By adding a simple stat-tracker to your sidebar, you can know the who, what, where, when, why & how of your blogs popularity. For instance, I use the CQ Counter and it tells me that this month is my blogs best month ever. What's more, last week was my blogs best week ever. Still further, last Tuesday was my blogs best day ever. It tells me that my peak hours are from 8-10 pm. It tells me that for some reason most of you still use Internet Explorer. It tells me which of you link to me and how many people get to my page from yours. It tells me that people can get to my site by googling very strange phrases. Etc, etc, etc.

Information is good, but it's only helpful if you apply it. The key is figuring out how to utilize the numbers. For instance, one would be wise to reward your best referrers with extra comments. One would be wise to post an interesting blog on the busiest day of the week in the blogosphere. It'd be smart to make sure your blog looks good on IE & Firefox and in different resolutions. And it's always just good to know if you're gaining momentum. So if you want to be a better blogger, get cracking on your tracking.

8 comments:

Robin said...

One of the things I'm enjoying about using Wordpress.com for my blog is that it's got some built-in tracking included. It's not as detailed as I'd like, though.

Jadon & Amberly's Mommy said...

I have to refresh your page like 6 times just to get my computer to open it. So at least 6-12 of those hits a day are from me:)

matthew said...

really? my page and not other blogs? what part of my page isn't loading quickly for you?

The Jew said...

is there a good reason why you're not updating everyday anymore?

matthew said...

Sometimes I can't think of things :)

I usually go back & fill in missed days with movie reviews.

I Lost You At Hello!!! said...

You know this blog would be perfect if you added a "D" to the title of your blog. (at the end)

Jadon & Amberly's Mommy said...

The only thing that shows up until the whole thing finally shows up is just the black background and OCCASSIONALLY your blog title...but yes, usually just yours. I don't know if it's maybe just the fact that this computer is so old that it can't handle all the links on your page, or what...but I think I remember having the same problem with your page on Dane's brand new computer...

Jecca said...

i've never had a problem loading your page