Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. As fellow bloggers, you know how much work it is to come up with original ideas, write a logical post, and then marketing it properly. And I don’t even blog to make money, I do it just for fun. From what I heard, Google Analytics is a great way to see what posts are getting a lot of views, and which ones are dusty with cobwebs. I so wish this could have been a blog post where I could teach everyone else about using Google Analytics, but alas it is not. I am still learning and I am having a bit(okay more than a bit) of a tough time interpreting all those stats, bounce rates, and percentages. But the one thing I was able to find easily was the page that listed your most popular posts. I was actually surprised at some of them, except for my #1. It has always been my most viewed post.
- What Is Common Courtesy 1,350 views(This post was written March 2012)
- Simple Belgium Waffles 950 views(That one was a surprise)
- Taco Salad 497 views
- Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks 426 views
- Apple Chip Cake 265 views
- Wollersheim Winery 220 views
- Thankful Thursday July 11th 215 views
- Jerk Chicken Nachos 201 views
- Wordless Wednesday Meet Chicago 190 views
- Sunrise In Wildwood 154 views
Some of them are pretty pathetic, considering my blog is over 18 months old. It seems like my newer stuff got the most traffic, but their really isn’t a set pattern that I can see. It is interesting to look at Google Analytics to see what posts people enjoyed. At the same time, it is depressing to see that my hard work isn’t being viewed to its fullest potential. I know that most of it is my own doing, because I just can’t seem to get the hang of social media and SEO. Being a working Mom and baseball Mom leaves me limited time to spend tweeting, pinning, and stumbling.
So there has to be a better way to improve my 60 some page views a day. I get so upset when I go to check my stats after networking, and they have barely changed. Tell me, how do you keep from getting discouraged? What else can you do besides social media? I don’t want to compare myself to all the big name bloggers, but I can’t help it. When I hear some bloggers get over 1,000 views per day, I have blog envy. I suppose I could write a controversial post to get views, but that is definitely not my style. Google Analytics is a great tool when used properly, but it is just that, a tool. It is up to you, as a blogger, to use the tool in the correct manner.
How do you use Google Analytics to improve your blog’s page views?