If you don’t know who many people are reading your blog does it really exist?
If you haven’t found out that they found your blog by entering ‘hit the person next to you’* into Google, can you really understand your target audience?
Do you realise how empty your life is without oodles of data on who came from where and what they did?
If this hasn’t sent you running for the hills then this week’s tutorial is just for you – this week I’m getting to grips with the various ways to track these things and the best places to find them. As always, some people prefer different places so I’m going to try and run through the simplest.
Are you on Twitter? Do you want to do know how influential you are? Then this is the tool for you
Its very simple – enter your Twitter name, hit go and ping, there you go. If you register you can get them to update your data regularly and see lots of stats about what type of Twitter user you are and who you engage with most.
Asking around, the general view is that the people in the Tots100 usually have a score in the 40s or higher.
This is free and gives you a ridiculous amount of information. Sign up and then add in a badge which allows them to track you (just like in this tutorial for Blogger and this one for WordPress) and off you go – number of visitors, where from, what they looked at, what they were wearing!
Be warned, its horribly addictive!
This is more or less the same but with more data – this tracks 500 entries vs Sitemeter’s 100 but has less information on them. Same way to install and equally addictive (I’ve got both running at the moment until I make a decision as to which works best for me – I’m sure our gurus have thoughts on which is better)
These give you all the information you need to start worrying about how big your blogging bum is and so on, be warned there is no way to go back once you start (ok you can just delete but could you, really ?)
If you have a way with technology you want to share, if you find the answer to getting technology to work without making your brain go splat, if you manage to get Technorati to recognise you then write a post, mention the club & link to this page and come over and put in the link so I can add to our how to guide – come on, we’re all Technophobes together and sharing means someone else won’t accidentally post the same thing 5 times whilst trying to put up a new picture… or something… because obviously that never happened.
* yes, really, truly, it happened to me