Thursday, 10 March 2011

Searching....

If you use Blogger, and I guess quite possibly if you use other blog hosts, you can look up various statistics to do with your blog. For example, you can see how many views a particular post has had, and where in the world your visitors have come from. (Some of you travel a loooong way! Thank you! x) You can also check out *how* someone has got to your blog - for example, have they clicked from another blog (and which one), or did they do a Google search, or perhaps they've used a link posted on Twitter or in the forum for an online class.


To access this information you can just go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click on 'Stats'. Have a little play with the different tabs, perhaps change the settings (from 'Day' to 'Week', or from 'Month' to 'All time') - just check it out! It's fun :-)

There are also a couple of sites where you can set up an account (for free) and then instal a gadget on your blog which will track this information for you. I use BlogPatrol, and had my little gadget sitting on my sidebar way before I ever found the Blogger Stats section (quite possibly way before Blogger had a Stats section!) The type of information it stores for you is similar, and just as interesting.


One of my favourite sections to look at in either of these is that which gives you the keywords that people have put into Google, and which have resulted in them finding your blog.

It's unsurprising really that the most common keywords that lead to my blog at any time are 'Melsh' or 'I Speak Melsh'. Makes sense, right?

Perhaps slightly less obvious, recent keywords have been 'jane austen books', 'rome colosseum gladiators "loved the colosseum"' and 'what is a drabbit'. Also interesting was 'wordles answers bag + i'. I can kind of figure out where these have come from though.

I quite liked 'music for the kitchen', 'love scrapbook' and 'mincemeat truffles', all keywords from various times over the past year.

But why on earth would this particular combo lead Google to my blog? No, please, do share your theories - The Doctor really would like to know!

'How do I know if I still love my husband?'

14 comments:

Cheri said...

Search engines ignore the most common words so what it probably used was "know still love husband" And you probably had a post or two extolling the virtues of your man!

Lizzie said...

Poor The Doctor... I'm sure you know the answer to that question and don't need to post about it! In fact, I don't remember you ever posting anything containing that particular selection of words in that particular order - don't know if that's any comfort to him!

Mel, this information is just spot-on in terms of timeliness for me. I have just logged into my blog following conversations with a) next-door neighbour about our respective home-run businesses, how we are doing, internet, stats etc... b) my DH about e-mail id's, how to re-direct e-mails and using Googlemail / google etc.
I have been thinking about changing my isp and need to research this, also how to get stats on my blog and etsy shop - including the stuff you just posted. So, thank you and I'll get onto this straight away!!

Sian said...

I think you might need to do some research into this one - there are people out there coming to you for answers (!)

Ladkyis said...

first of all one has to find the stats button!

Maria Ontiveros said...

This is so fun! I'm surprisingly popular in South Korea!
Rinda

alexa said...

What a great Q and no idea of the answer. Where people come from my account on Typepad doesn't have the ability to tell me (as far as I know - please contact me if you know better!). You could do a whole class on this!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Apparently a large chunk of my readers come from Germany. I don't think any of them comment though because no one has ever mentioned Germany when do posts asking about location.

I love search strings, though mine are generally rather boring & appropriate

Denise said...

Blimey,I never knew all this,I shall go off and have a look right now,thanks for this brilliant post Mel x

Lizzie said...

I had to come back and say that this is really fun and a teeny bit exciting, Mel! I found out where my blog readers come from - and that lots more people read my blog than actually comment.
I also found out the 10 most popular posts on my blog - the tutorials have been viewed lots of times.
It was good fun and actually made me feel rather proud and a bit happy, to know so many people have come to my blog... and I didn't know it before!
So, thanks for sharing this - it's great!

Clair said...

I used to look at analytics all the time (like obsessively!) but I've not looked for ages. Worryingly, there's a surprising large amount of visitors who have searched for me by name. Or is that a good thing? Am I famous? :)

Linda said...

I was obsessed with that stats button for a period of time. Had to ban myself from it. :) I was letting the blog take over my thoughts and my family was being neglected. . .but I still like checking them to see how far people come from to view my blog.

Sandra said...

I've never actually looked at the stats bit, so thank you for that :)

Jimjams said...

I have to admit to being slightly obsessed with the stats pages as I love to know where visitors are from. I also have a flag counter gismo in the blog footer and am "collecting" flags of the world!

However when I look too hard I get slightly miffed that the most popular/useful pages have had so many views and yet so few comments!

Better not allow searching on my blog or I'd spend even more time looking at the search terms as well as the traffic sources!

Ginger said...

This is so funny, for the longest of time I thought I had to pay to find out this information, but strangely enough I discovered the stats button just this week and so I'm hooked on looking...seriously, who knew I had viewers in Russia?? Great informative post Mel. P.S. I don't google you because I already know where you are :)