I have a smile on my face because this month has proved to be as fruitful as last month and more. It will prompt me to write an article about green shoots as I believe that time is overdue. But in the meantime I think it is worth mentioning that comparing this month to July 2013, I have almost doubled views and almost tripled visitors so overall it has been pretty fab on that front.
There is some red in the dashboard and it hits a specific watch area of mine that I’ll go back into in more detail.
As a viewer you are going to see some interesting data in the Dashboard as well as the core statistics.
Posts this month and how they did
- 3 Habits of successful bloggers
- The 60 minute challenge
- How I made zero bucks in 6 months on Fiverr
- End of Month Traffic Report June 2014
- A quick fix for the dreaded semalt crawler
- Getting back to Twitter
- Ways to update an Old High Traffic Post
- 12 unusual personal observations about recent blogging
- Be careful of those bloggers with advice
- Fighting the brain strain when blogging
- Actionable advice for Actionable advice
- Karma, A pause from the ordinary
- Instilling a sense of urgency
- Sticking to one Blog in the beginning helps you keep focus
I hate to see non performers, fortunately I only spent 60 minutes on Actionable advice for Actionable advice.
The stand out performers this month were my fix to Semalt which many people have viewed and 3 habits of successful bloggers which also felt some warmth.
Only one red zone this month makes this by far one of the more glistening months I’ve reported on. Surprisingly I would have thought that July is a month where people would be out enjoying the sunshine but I performed well at this time last year so it is clear that you can’t go by preconceptions of how things might be.
My major concern once again focuses on Google Analytics representation of bounce rate. Currently I am showing 76.08% for July which seems high once again and is up from June. I was hoping to improve by pushing down that number but it hasn’t worked out how I would have hoped.
I have set another purple month for Referrals, up on the last and breaking a new record. Pageviews and Sessions are also in the purple zone which is awesome. This means I’m starting to break the glass ceiling and that encourages me to try harder.
Average Time on Site has risen by a good number so I am happy with this upswing. It is nowhere near my past record but it is an acceptable time for now.
Finally, I checked out the post performers and was presented with another high entry. I had one superstar post this month that rose above the rest and has performed quite well on search engine results so I’m pretty stoked by that.
4 Purples may be hard to top next month!
No, she’s not my secret lover….
Introducing the Alexa Stats from http://www.alexa.com/! Here is yet another place where you can get some insight on how your site is doing. Alexa varies to some of the other metrics in that it ranks you more on popularity and frequency. As depicted in the box to the left of Global Rank, historical data is not recorded below 100,000.
The crawler from Alexa is sent more often when you update your site more often so bear this in mind!
I’m rather happy with the numbers for the moment. The bounce here is awesome and I’m happy with the Daily Time on Site figure too. 2.8 views per daily visitor aren’t bad either. Score the board. And yes, I am down 9,429,706 on the last 3 months.
To put this into context, before I started the increase in frequency, my site was trading around the 5,000,000 mark so recently it has taken a big efficiency spike. I much prefer the representation of bounce rate on this site compared to Google Analytics info. 3.10% is insane!
End of Month Traffic Report July 2014 – Core Statistics
ATOS – Average Time on Site, GAF – Provided by Google Analytics
8 minutes or 480 seconds, inverse 12.41%
A good recovery on last month with an upshoot of 53 seconds on the average and with more viewers within that average.
Bounce Rate – Actual Traffic data, not filtered – Provided by Google Analytics
76.04% adverse 4.06%
Unfortunately the bounce rate has returned to the wrong side of my danger level which is a concern. I was hoping to tilt it the other way.
Page Views – Provided by GAF and WordPress stats
WordPress: 237 inverse 12.32%
GAF: 145 inverse 18.85%
Another strong gain this month with GAF figures bulging. Double Awesome with a month on month increase!
Visits (Now known as sessions) – Provided by GAF and WordPress Stats
WordPress: 157 inverse 5.37%
GAF: 34 inverse 61.9%
As with Pageviews above, small gains overall but getting better over time. I hope to achieve the same result this month (August). Sorry, this is somewhat of a cut and past job from the last month mostly because these figures fall on the uncontrollable side. The GAF figure is more impressive and signals that I am attracting more “quality” visitors.
Visits per Visitor
The visits per visitor figure which is a ratio that is entirely uncontrollable settled on 1.47% this month, a whole 0.05 up from last month. I’ll take it!
Referrals – Provided by WordPress
Yet another purple month by the dashboard stats. Less varied than the last month but overall some good numbers contributing to a new record. Some interesting new entries this month and I like the green shoots I’m seeing.
The danger of good months is that they can make you complacent from trying harder. I have a number of areas that need tightening up because they are either weakly performing or not generating to the levels I’d be more comfortable in.
One of my key aims is to ensure that every article is read by at least one person and seeing a failure this month does not pass this grade. In July the majority of shorter posts in the 60 minute category has been much reduced as compared to June. Higher weighted articles generally perform better over a longer period. I have also found that my how to articles (especially those of critical importance) earn much more traffic than those where I go a bit theoretical. I’ve notice particular weak take up to articles that feature extensive personal experiences even though many of the bigger bloggers indicate that this is a good strategy (it isn’t working for me).
Referral traffic whilst gathering a bit more warmth, isn’t galloping away. I haven’t had any viral success yet and would like some but know that my content has got to be smoking hot!
I also saw a weakening of traffic moving into early August. This is mostly because a lot of my time is now swallowed with OU, my new Girlfriend and general living so I’ve got to be more efficient with my use of time. I’ve had to get up early on many occasions to try and fit more in and it is a constant juggling act.