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Who Reads your Blog?

I know I am not the only one who wonders who reads their blog.

First and foremost, of course, are all of my fellow Slow Travel bloggers, especially during February when we vowed to post every day.

But, other than that, I wonder who comes to my blog and how they get there.

Well, Sitemeter helps to answer that question. Sitemeter keeps track of blog activity and (most of the time) shows how people got there.

My results were kind of surprising.

Other than my Slow Travel friends, the most "hits" I got were for the blog entry I made on the Fairbanks Ice Festival. Go figure!

Second, I think, was the blog entry I made about James Dean.

Third, to the best of my recollection, was my entry about the Apple Gorgonzola Salad.

These all seemed to be Google or Yahoo seaches. I couldn't find any Sitemeter statistics for YTD hits on particular entries, so this is just my estimate of the results. A lot of the hits for the first and second choices were from foreign countries.

Interesting, huh?

Addendum 3/5/09:
Just this morning, I got hits on my blog from France, Austria, and Chile, and they were all Google searches for James Dean! Amazing!

Comments (8)

It is really fun to check out Site Meter! I have been keeping a running list of the countries that my visitors have come from and it's over 80 now! I keep my list on a Word document because Site Meter only keeps track of so many at a time (they don't keep cumulative records). And I love to check out the Google search terms too and keep a list of the funny/weird ones (need to do a post about it at some point).

I bet that your James Dean post will continue to get lots of hits.

nancyhol:

Annie, thanks for your comment.

I wish I had thought to keep track as I went along of the countries and the number of hits on certain posts. It's probably too late now though.

It’s interesting and fun to look at the statistics. I check sitemeter almost everyday just out of curiosity. I get most of my non-ST referrals via Google searches and most are for my entries on Sicily.

Barb Cabot:

Nancy, It's fascinating this whole idea of your words and thoughts reaching across the world. The sitemeter is a great invention. Amazing really.

Nancy,
I just installed Sitemeter few days ago, I am glad to know I am not the only one checking it. I think it is interesting how others find our blogs.

Marcia:

So I guess should add Sitemeter? Let's see if I can figure that one out.

nancyhol:

Marcia,
Kim had good instructions here:
http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/kim99/2008/02/adding_stats_to_your_blog_with_1.html

It seemed pretty easy to me, and I am NOT a techie.

I started keeping a list of countries that have visited my blog. So far I have 90 countries. I don't check it every day though and have the free version so I might have missed some. Since I signed up for Google Reader, I realized though that the count is probably not accurate since those who read your blog through a reader don't actually click on your blog so your count is a lower estimate. It is fun though to check out sitemeter. I always find it interesting to see what people google that leads them to my blog. Interesting that Fairbanks Ice Festival is your to hit. I loved those photos!

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