Are my blog stats real?

January 27, 2010 in Blogging

For those just passing by or stumbled onto this blog, please leave a message.  Anything.  Just so I know you’re real.

You see, I recently started wondering where I was getting all these hits from.  From humble beginnings where this blog would get 50 hits on a good day, it has now gotten to a point where 1000+ is the norm.

But when I checked my stats, it appears I sometimes get massive traffic from just a couple of posts (usually my European travel or boxing ones).  Once I got almost 4000 hits in a day just on one of them.  It got me suspicious.  Where do these people come from?  Just how do they find this blog?

I tried searching on WordPress and Google, and rarely do any of my posts come up in keyword searches.  The only place where I got more luck was Google image searches.  Could these people just be looking for pictures?

I went further and registered with Clicky (since you can’t use Google Analytics on WordPress).  It appears most of my visitors are unique (as opposed to one person clicking a thousand times), but the average time they spend here is like 40 seconds.  WordPress swears by its stats system but I’m convinced something is fishy here.

So please, leave a message.  Tell me how you found this blog.  I’ll reward you with this John Wall mix tape.

300 Posts and 200,000 Hits!

January 24, 2010 in Blogging

Double celebration!

This is my 300th post, which happens to coincide with the blog breaking through the 200,000 hit barrier.


The Great Excerpt Experiment on WordPress!

January 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

I am, what you would call, an idiot.

After blogging on WordPress for just over a year, today I finally realised what that little “Insert More tag” button is in the toolbar when writing a post.

For fellow idiots, the purpose of the button is to split your post up so you have to click on the ‘more’ button to read the rest of the post.  Create an ‘excerpt’ of your post, if you will.

Many moons ago, I read about this ‘splitting/excerpt’ business on some website teaching people how to be better bloggers.  It said that putting excerpts in your posts has many benefits, such as:

  • reducing the apparent length of the post to your reader, who may be put off by such a long post at first glance;
  • reducing the load time on your front page; and
  • increasing the number of hits to your blog as a click on the ‘more’ button counts as an extra hit.

Well from today, I am going to conduct a little experiment.  I am going back into my old posts and splitting them up to see whether any of the above things are true.

I know, I know…seeing that I have almost 300 posts on this blog, taking the time to actually do this makes me an even bigger idiot.  So I am being slightly less of an idiot by just choosing the longer posts and the posts that people actually read.

Nevertheless…let the Great Excerpt Experiment begin!