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Every page-owner or website contributor out there wants to know that their content engages readers.  Understandably, most writers wouldn't write if they weren't sure that people were, in fact, reading their material.

That being said, understanding the traffic that comes to your site is critical to your sites success.

google analytics to track blog page views

 

Today, we'll look exclusively at blogs.

Blogs continue to act as a powerful tool for information sharing on an interactive social platform.  That said, looking at the traffic that explore your posts can help you to develop functional and interesting content for your readers.  For example, if you find that posts regarding tutorials and videos perform better in terms of site views than text-heavy informational research posts, you can use this information to guide the drafting of future posts. We, for one, found that our blog post The Social Media Take on ROI:Reach, Opportunity, Impact performed extremely well with our viewers. Now we know that providing our readers with specific information on tracking and analyzing social impact is crucial if we would like to continue to retain our audience.

How to Determine Accurate Data

So how should you go about gathering the most accurate analytics regarding the traffic to your blog? It begins with understanding how the traffic page views are tracked.

Google Analytics

Google analytics, our favorite method for tracking traffic at Blue Archer, is arguably the most accurate statistics available on the web for page views. It uses a method involving cookies on the specific user's browser.

[An html cookie] is a parcel of text sent back and forth between a web browser and the server it accesses" - Google Developers blog

Basically, the point of cookies is to be able to distinguish between individual users; it recognizes between web browsers and web servers. They are used "to differentiate one user from another and to pass information from page to page during a single user's website session".  

The problem with Blogger Analytics

Unlike Google Analytics, Blogger analytics does not take the cookies into account when calculating the traffic number. By eliminating cookies from the equation, blogger analytics cannot exclude the automated computer programs and bots which index content for search engines.

 

 

If you are using Blogger analytics and you wish to receive more accurate information, command it to eliminate the page counts for your own blog views. This will also help with more accurate information because it will no longer track the "preview" pages when you are editing a post.

To do this is simple:

  • When you log into your blogger account and click to view the statistics, under page views just check the box that states "don't track your own page views".

Know any other useful traffic tracking analytic tools or programs appropriate for looking at site-user behavior on blogs? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Comments (4)

Richard Holmes

12/31/2012 09:29 AM

I wonder how that will work if content was put into more detailed consideration, like for videos made by a ny video production firm or something.

Albert Wood

12/31/2012 09:29 AM

An acquaintance of mine who is a calgary web designer used blogger analytics to monitor the traffic of his personal web site but switched to google analytics because it is, like what you've said, is more accurate than any other web analytics software.

daniellaprice30

08/13/2012 03:09 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will use an analytic tool to determine an accurate data about my website traffic. I would also incorporate all your tips in my job at the SEO web design services.

Alexis Bob

08/13/2012 03:09 PM

Web analytics is the measurement of the behavior of visitors to a website. In a commercial context, it especially refers to the measurement of which aspects of the website work towards the business objectives of Internet marketing initiatives; for example, which landing pages encourage people to make a purchase. Notable vendors of web analytics software and services include Webtrends, Coremetrics, Omniture, and Google Analytics.

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