Everyone at BlogHer '07 was singing the praises of Google Analytics as a stat-checker, so, me being on the cusp of every internet trend the way I am, I decided to check it out three months later. I registered my websites, and waited the requisite 24 hours for the initial data to come flowing in.
I've been watching it for a few days now, and while there's a LOT I don't understand (What's a "bounce rate," and do you want a high or low percentage of bounce?), there's a lot there to play with that's pretty darn cool. And for us dumb people? Why, there are pie charts! Just like in USA Today, the national newspaper for dumb people (What? Isn't that their motto?)!
I know now that almost half my traffic is "direct traffic," which means that half the people who come here do so intentionally and directly. Thank you, half the people! Another 35% gets here by way of referral from other sites, which I LOVE and am fascinated by (more on that in a sec), and the rest wind up here via search engines, probably looking for things like "aluminum underpants" and "satin balls." Actually, once you get past searches for the actual blog name and URL, my top three keyword search returns are "absolutely mindy" (which I find delicious), "satin balls," and "38d boobs."
I get referring visits from links on flickr and Twitter, which is cool, and from other blogs where I contribute, like RealMental and Ninja Poodles Local and Get It Together!, and then I am astonished to find out just how many visits I get because of other bloggers. And I realize that I now owe Chris Jordan money, or something. So right now, I just want to pay homage to my top blogger referrers by trying to return the favor, and send some of you over to see them (though, chances are, you already do visit them, because they're all certainly better than ME).
Far and away sending more people my way than any other blog is Notes From The Trenches. I think it's because of this flattering photo of Chris. She HAS to love me for that, right?
After that, here are the top fifteen who give this little blog a bit more exposure, many through the BlogHer network, but several not. If you haven't already, go visit them today--you know how slow weekends are--and show them it's not a one-way street, here:
2. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
3. Jen And Tonic
4. Now The Party's Over
5. Joy Unexpected
6. Busy Mom
7. Matilda In The Rock
8. Bipolar Housewife
9. Divine Elegance
10. Motherhood Uncensored
11. Redheads Unite
12. In The Trenches of Motherhood
13. Mom To The Screaming Masses
14. Suburban Turmoil
15. Imp's Playground
Go, visit! What else do you have to do today? Sign up for Google Analytics. Then write a post explaining it to me like I'm internetally challenged, which I am! And that number 15 spot is about a 10-way tie, so I'll probably post those links tomorrow, like you don't already know and love them...but just in case.
Just a couple of issues, quickly: First of all, the DOZENS of people searching the phrase, "Am I a bad person?" Stop it! The fact that you're even wondering about it means that you're almost certainly not. The real jerks never stop to consider for a moment that they have posteriors for headgear. Secondly, I know I must have raved about them on my site at one time or another, but the recipe for Boy Scout Burgers is LINDSAY'S. And they are most awesome. Make some tonight.