Saturday, January 12, 2008

Google Analytics

This blogging thing is pretty fun even if I am the only one to see it, but I would by lying if I said it wasn't a little bit gratifying that other people read it too. Naturally comments show this, but another wonderful help is Google Analytics. It's a great way to track the traffic to your site - how many people go there, how they get there, and what they look at while they are there, over the past 30 days.

Interestingly enough, a great group of people find my blog through search engines looking for Petite Tresors Cocoa Dusted Belgian truffles. If you've had them, you understand. In the past month alone I've had 97 unique pageviews of the post about them (plus 32 on the update). Of the search engine traffic I got, probably 95% of the people found me doing some kind of truffle search. I also had visitors that searched for "amish don," "military bed making," "family home evening idea blogs," and "year of scouting," among a few others. If someone found me with "amish don," I'm sure you're dying to know how people get to you.

I guess there are a lot of people who can sympathize with sheet issues too (or like to mock those that have them), because the day I posted about that I had more visitors than any other day in the past month.

When I updated the look of my blog almost a month ago I sent out one of the posts to a lot of people. Analytics showed no visitors for the next few days and I was really disappointed... until I realized that when I updated it took off the code you add in for the tracking. So be aware of that - if you add it in, don't forget to keep it there if you make changes.

Pretty fun really. Try it out and see what you can learn about your own blog, I would love to hear about it.


  1. My hat is off to you. You have learned about a Google product before me. More amazingly, you have started using a Google product before me.

    I will let you know what I find out about my blog.

  2. Want to add it to my blog? When I switched over to the new blogger my counter disappeared. :(

    And I am going to get tomatoes, eggs, and every other nasty thing thrown, but I didn't care for the truffles. They were really blah. So I gave them to Ryan. He likes dark chocolate. His answer when I asked if he liked them - "They were messy." So.... did you like them? "Yeah." :P

  3. Great job in figuring out how to use Google Analytics. I have it running on a couple of my websites but I never thought of putting it on my blog. So, I did a little research and this is a website that shows you how to do it.