Part of me thinks staring at my blog traffic statistics too frequently should be added to my distractions list, but there have been times that it's paid off. It's normal to want to stalk your traffic stats as a blogger. Watching my traffic has taken up large portions of my day. It can definitely become a time-consuming habit. There are also some reasons why checking your traffic often can be an educational experience. Knowing what's going on can be extremely beneficial to your blog. This post contains affiliate links.
Now, I don't just sit here and mindlessly stare at real-time Google Analytics. I just keep it open in one of my many tabs on one of my few browsers. I make my rounds clicking tabs throughout the day as I work. If I glance on over at that tab, and something amazing is happening, I take note. There have been a few times now that watching my blog traffic statistics has been a good thing.
Reasons It's Okay to Stalk Your Blog Traffic Statistics
1.) Know what works – Clearly, you want to know which posts people are visiting most often. This allows you to see which topics your readers enjoy. Even if you don't check your stats daily, making a habit to look monthly is beneficial.
2.) Go back and monetize – This is why I love real-time Google Analytics. Say a huge blog links to one of your posts, and it gets a large burst of traffic. You can see that as it happens, and go back into that post to tweak it. Add some affiliate links, or monetize it as you see fit. You can also add some internal links to try to get those new visitors to check out the rest of your blog.
3.) Return the favor – If you see a blog referring lots of traffic to you, head on over to show them some love. Share some of their posts or link back to them in some way. Anything to show appreciation.
4.) Help it go viral-er – If you notice a post going viral on Pinterest, head over to that pin and schedule some repins to different boards. If you notice traffic coming from Facebook, maybe a brand shared your post on their page. Try to find it and share it. If traffic is coming from another blogger that linked to you, find their post and share that baby. There's little nudges you can do to help keep the momentum going on a viral post.
5.) Figure out why – If a post does really well, you can probably tell why it did well. If most of your traffic is coming from Pinterest for that post, you must have nailed your pinnable image. If it's coming from searches, bravo, your SEO keyword research must have paid off. This info is valuable to know so you can duplicate your routine.
That's just five of many reasons why you shouldn't feel too guilty about stalking your blog traffic statistics. As long as you learn from the info, it's justifiable. 😉
Have you learned anything valuable from checking blog traffic statistics?
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