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Blog Exercises: Patterns in the Stats

As we proceed through this year of blogging tips and exercises, we’ll talk more about statistics and web analytics to help you check in with yourself that you are on the right track. Today’s blog exercise is to familiarize yourself with tracking your site’s stats, learning the key numbers and data to watch. I introduced […]

WordPress Stats Infographic of WordPress World

Using some of the stats from my recent article on WordPress Stats, Yoast did some more research and created a new WordPress Stats Infographic to feature the statistical information on WordPress visually. What is most interesting about the new research his team found, building upon my own research, are the following: 48% of the top […]

WordPress Stats and Numbers: Breaking Their Own Records

Working on developing a core of WordPress classes for Clark College and preparing for the next “Introduction to WordPress” college course in a couple weeks, I’ve put together some statistics on WordPress you might find helpful – and stunning. WordPress continues to break records set by others, but more often lately, break records set by […]

The Cyclical Nature of Blog Stats

In 2006, I completed a year long informal study on several of my blogs about the best times and days for me to publish content on my blogs and published what I learned in When is the Best Time and Day to Post on Your Blog? My conclusions were that Mondays and Tuesdays were the […]

Strange Referrer Links in WordPress.com Stats

Have you noticed strange links in your WordPress.com Referrers list? They tend to look like this: http://example.com/wp-admin/index.php If you do, that means that your blog has been accessed from the WordPress Administration Panels or Dashboard. In other words, a WordPress or WordPress.com user clicked on a link to your blog from inside their WordPress. This […]

Feed Stats Spike: Feedburner and Google Reader Strikes

Before you get too excited when you check your feed stats, whether you are on a WordPress or a non-WordPress blog, including WordPress.com blogs, don’t get too excited. Reports are flooding the blogosphere as people check their feed stats and think “Wow! I’m suddenly popular.” Calm down. It’s not true. Feedburner’s has started reporting how […]

Drop in Feed Stats in WordPress.com Blogs

I don’t check my feed stats on my WordPress.com blog very often. In general, they aren’t very interesting. So imagine my shock when I drop in and find that the number of feeds accessing this site had dropped over 75%! Well, I’m not alone. Have you checked lately? Everyone should have gotten a hit. I […]

Akismet Smacked By Comment Spam: The Stats

Akismet, the official comment spam fighter for WordPress.com blogs and WordPress users has been working overtime to fight off an onslaught of comment spam bots. Akismet has a new Akismet Stats page with a chart to show you how hard it is working to combat comment spam. The chart measures the number of comment spam […]

WordPress.com New Feature: Feed Stats

A feature that I’ve long wanted is finally here: Feed Stats. You can now monitor your feed statistics with WordPress.com. Go to the Dashboard > Feed Stats tab and there they are. There are two charts for you to examine. I’d like more specific information than just these charts, but in general, these statistics will […]

Investigating the Connections Between Blogging Styles and Traffic Stats

Mister Snitch takes a look at “Blogging Styles and Traffic Stats” to find a correlation between the two. Just as there are different styles of investing, there are different approaches to traffic generation. Aside from the occasional, reclusive J.D.Salingers, most writers want to be read as widely as possible. Some bloggers literally will do anything […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

Blog Exercises: Trending

In social media, trending are topics attracting the attention of most of the people in that moment. Unfortunately, trending topics are self-feeding. If something ends up top of the trending list, it becomes an accident alongside the highway. Everyone wants to slow down and take a look. Walking by a student glued to their computer, […]

Blog Exercises: The Welcome Page

One of the many things I’d like to see gone on the web is the Welcome front page. Think about it this way. You invite friends over for a party. You greet everyone at the door with a full self-introduction, welcoming them to your place, instructing them on how to visit your home, telling them […]

Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

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