23 October 2013

Should we care about Stats!

There has been a lot of talk about stats on many blogs of late, so here is my warped view of the stats we see!!

Topline stats:
Pageview chart 68013 pageviews - 270 posts, last published on 20-Oct-2013 - 199 followers
Updates
Now I wont pretend I take much notice or for that fact understand much of these, but I do like to see the stat for followers as this tells me I am engaging with a wider audience. But the most Important one aside from that is the comment count, after all engagement with the audience is one of the objectives of my blog.

In more detail: 
Graph of Blogger page views
So this last month things have become very erratic with some really high spikes for no apparent reason at all. As you can see pre spike average hits were 350 per day.

Graph of Blogger page views
This week things have returned to some form of normality.
Graph of Blogger page views
This is the one I do check regularly and that is to satisfy my curiosity that people really do want to visit the blog and my readership is growing.
The Other stats:
United States
18468
United Kingdom
17464
Russia
4441
Germany
2984
France
2417
Australia
2302
Canada
1943
Ukraine
745
Spain
641
New Zealand
600


I like to see were my audience is in the world. What I like from this is that my readers are spread far and wide.

So having said all the above, are all the facts and figures really so important that anyone should be driven by these things. After all the recent spike was down to something completely unexplained and saw my daily visits increase to peak at 907 in one day with 315 in one particular hour, add Vampire stats into the mix and do we really get anything like a true page view count ever. Regardless of this page views are page views and, I like many often celebrate and run a give away based on this figure. (In my case because it serves as a handy reference point to celebrate).
My favourite stats are the follower count for both Blogger and Google + as I want to engage with a wide audience, and combined with the comments statistic I can see if my blog is doing the job and I am engaged with my readership.
Just to keep it real here are some better stats worth a look:

So Thank you for Visiting, Following and Commenting they are all appreciated.

30 comments:

  1. Interesting. My stats took a big drop when I got off dynamic views. I agree that interaction is more rewarding than faceless numbers. You've done a great job on the blog.

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    1. Yes my experiment with Dynamic showed a large increase in page views the trade of though is blog functionality and this impacted audience engagement, hence me dropping it very fast

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  2. I can never make my mind up about stats. Its nice to see see how many hits you receive and where from I have to agree.

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    1. Always nice to see it growing, as I am sure most of us do it to share our hobby

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  3. I am one of those who check my stats daily. But it's a game to me. I want each month to show growth on hits but like you the most important two is followers and comments. I really love to read responses and try to answer them all.

    Good post

    Ian

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  4. I'm probably well along the cynic end of the scale in that I don't and never have bothered about the number of hits my blog receives because of the potential for 'corruption'. Same for geographical location and the like. Comments are a better indicator I suppose, but, as I get very few, I'm hopeful that the number of comments doesn't like proportionally to the number of actual readers. Consequently, I think the importance attached to readership stats is directly linked to the intent of the blog author. If you write the blog for your own satisfaction/pleasure, then the stats are incidental, otherwise they are key. Nevertheless, if such stats are readily available, it would take an enviable level of detachment or stoicism to be unaffected by having only a handful of followers, few hits and ne'ery a comment.

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    1. I agree with this sentiment very much and yes I think without the comments and followers most would not continue to blog about the hobby.

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  5. I find the stats of people visiting my blog interesting on the grounds that they are totally random. To me the most important ones are the comments left as as you said are the ones that are engaging with me and the hobby. But as a blogger I am a whore for stats and those stats you have put up at the end as truly stunning:D

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    1. Thanks Pk I have been trying to engage with my readers this year, and this year has been a very good one for me so far (there is always time for things to go wrong). I like stats for the fun but they are not my main reason for blogging, the friends I have made are more important

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  6. I had a huge spike in visits last week, went from a typical 300-600 per day to over 900 and up to 1400 on the biggest day: just multiple spikes of 26+ there & gone hits many times a day, and now it's gone, back to normal. usually I can trust the stats and find it interesting, and encouraged when they increase over time, though I know a lot of this could just be the fact that I keep posting, so more & more pictures, so more random hits from google searches. The best is comments, and always wish for more of those, and like you I like to see all the different places around the world I get visits from, and when I analyze stats at a milestone I figure out the top 3 countries based on hits per capita.. just a bit of fun.

    It must mean something, your last graphic suggests that stats are assets.

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    1. Yes some of the stats mean something, but they are not my main source of motivation for the blog, my main motivation is to share my hobby with a wider audience stats are a by product of this

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  7. The last stats were the most engaging. Here in southern Indiana we have a saying, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure."

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  8. I am barely competent enough to use a computer! ;) I pay little attention to the stats.
    However with military, overtime, and summer break with my kids finished, I may be able to begin adding new posts soon. I am chuffed that the page views for my blog are still moving and a few posts have risen and fallen on my top five considering my Sumner absence.

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    1. I have just helped increase your stats and will continue the journey

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  9. I do follow and check my stats all the time, but like other have said it the comments that count, I've 712 followers, this doesn't mean a thing!! because 90% of them don't or never have commented. And its red knicker day for me!

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    1. Cheers Ray. Do they have yellow spots!!

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  10. Andrew just as with men, there are two types of bloggers, those who look at the stats and the liars!!!

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  11. The only stats I look at are the followers and the page views.
    I never really bother with the areas they are coming from.
    I like to post and read other blogs and I like it when people comment.
    To be honest, I don't get as much time as I would like to spend on the blogger experience.
    Maybe that will change as I do get more time in the future.
    But I am really interested in what other gamers are up to and happy that gamers seem interested in what I am up to.
    It's a great community that I am proud to be part of.

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  12. I rarely look at stats maybe once every few months when I remember and then it's interesting to see what folks are checking into.:-) I do however daily check on new followers as that is fun to watch your blog grow and also to see if they have a blog and find out what it is about. I spend most of my blogging experience reading and answering comments on my posts and trying to keep update on other blogs while doing my best to update my blog when I can to keep it "semi" fresh. Blogging is great fun!

    Christopher

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    1. Thats the main thing it should be fun if it worth doing you should always enjoy it

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  13. An interesting aside from this is the recent bombardment from spambot urls that drive up pageviews. I'm lucky to get 20 views of a post and 1-2 comments. A post I did this week generated 500 views in a few hours from "vampirestat.com" (Do not go there...) I briefly thought my posts were popular....

    and take heart Andrew and Ray, there are plenty of people like me to read all of your posts, but have little to add to the conversation. Your figures look fantastic. How many different ways can we all say and acknowledge that?

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    1. I have to agree I read a lot more than I comment as often there is nothing left to add when I get to the blog in question. Also I too have regular visits from the vampire and this drives up pageviews I think everyone is getting hit and it really is time google did something to stop them

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  14. One thing I have found about Blogger stats is that when you look at the figures on the overview page for the top posts of all time the figures are often considerably different to the stats if you look at the figure for the same post in the individual posts list section. Not sure why.

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    1. My most viewed post is one that i still fail too see what all the attraction is, its the one simply titled a long post and is just waffle

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  15. It is fun to look at the stats, but really most are meaningless besides the comments and the followers, the later isn't even so much. Comments really show the quality of a blog I think.

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