Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stats Roundup

My name is Martin and I'm a stat junkie.

The stats that Blogger throw at you can be curious, interesting and worrying all at the same time. Discovering that people come to your blog while searching for information on the Norse God Thor is curious, while knowing most of the traffic comes via Facebook is interesting. It's when you discover no one has looked at your biography page it gets worrying.

Onto the stats.

The top two search terms that led to the blog were 'the vikings' and 'woman middle aged'. If you think the last one was a bit curious, how about some of the others: 'alexandra k. trenfor quotes', 'cindy keen reynders' and someone who needs a spelling lesson, 'sand aunthor'.

Of the 1,253 pageviews in the last month, most came from facebook (101), more than double the next entry, Google (43). Interestingly a significant number came from Nick Wilford's blog (thank you). There were a couple of oddities in the list: '', ''. No idea why.

The two most popular posts of the past month, with 60 views each were Friday Fun ones, which should come as no surprise. What may surprise you is the that third place went the guest blog by the talented Milo Fowler...or maybe it won't surprise you given how popular an author he is.

The biggest surprise to me (but not to my ego) was the spread of readers. I would ignore the odd person from a country, but when the pageviews hit double figures, I smile. UK and US being at the top isn't a surprise, but 15 from Indonesia is. I am a global phenomena?

If only.

On that note. I bid you adieu and I look forward to stalking you all on Friday.


Chloe said...

I love stats too (I blame the biology degree)! I get tonnes of people to my blog searching for "the heavens and touch them" for some bizarre reason. But my favourites have been "blind optimism" and "i so totally want to drink".

I think you have grounds to claim you're a global phenomenon! It's when I get several people all from the same country all at the same time that's dispiriting. Then I can't pretend they're not robots automatically scanning blogs!

DRC said...

I'm always perusing through my stats :)

Julie Luek said...

In a blog I used to maintain, I somehow must have got on a Russian spam hit-list. Interesting. I don't explore them too deeply now.

Rena said...

Like Julie, I also get a lot of hits from Russia. I'd buy that it was just a spam bot, except if you google my stuff and ask for a Russian Translation, it comes up. My words. In Russian. It makes my head want to explode.

Martin Willoughby said...

Chloe: Blind Optimism? I'd like to know what they were trying to find out about.

DRC: But do you ever share the results?

Julie: Are you sure it wasn't the KGB keeping tabs on you?

Rena: Then you are a TRUE global phenomena.

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

People find me looking for porn and tacos. Strange since I'm Italian and I haven't been in a "movie" for years. ;)

Martin Willoughby said...

Mimi: With a moniker like Mimi I can half-understand the porn, but Tacos?

Valentina Hepburn said...

Yes, agree with all the above. Had views from Belarus, Indonesia, Russia, Australia and China. Search me?

Martin Willoughby said...

Valentina: Now there's an offer I can't refuse. ;)

astonysh said...

I have been checking my stats for over a year now. Many of the nonsense names (such as the one quoted above - ''. are spam sites. As long as you do not press the link there is no problem (copy and check on google and still be careful for obvious reasons).

Sophie Carr said...

I've also had some from the - and know better than to click on it - must be spam. The ones must be from Twitter - someone likes your blog enough to tweet about it obviously :)Glad I'm not the only one who looks at their stats all the time!