Yesterday I broke through 5000 pageviews on this blog. That’s a cause to celebrate 🙂 The blog is active since the middle of June, so it’s taken almost exactly three months to reach the 5000. My other blog, that I moved from (and where all posts older than June come from) is at twice that much, but it’s been going on since July 2010 and Blogger counts pageviews a bit different than WordPress.
Here are some stats from these three months, if anyone’s interested. Warning: it’s a long post, and it’s got a lot of numbers. Feel free to skip it altogether 🙂
My favourite bit of daily stats checking: the game of Risk as played out on the viewers map 🙂 As you can see, I have conquered pretty much all of Europe except a bit of Balkans and Moldova (what is wrong with Serbia and Bosnia, anyway? Don’t they have internet there?) as well as North America down to Guatemala. Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama remain stubborn. I also didn’t manage to attract anyone from several South American countries. I wonder why?
Central Asia is a no-man’s land, with China hidden beyond the Great Firewall (although another plugin noticed one entry from Hunan province last week which didn’t register here) – and Africa is being its old self.
Top 5 countries:
Several gems here: Nepal, Qatar and UAE are recent additions, as is Belize. In terms of view per person I believe Aland Islands are strongly in the lead, with 1 view from a population of 20k, followed closely by Isle of Man. On the other end would be Bangladesh: only 2 people out of 150 mln. (that is, of course, if we don’t count that one person from Hunan 🙂
Top 10 posts:
The Hiddles Army invaded my blog after I posted the review of Henry V. I don’t think this post will ever be beaten in popularity, unless maybe I write a Hunger Games/50 Shades/Twilight crossover fic 😛 Although the two Vienna posts combined came pretty close. Whovians are another fandom I’ve tapped onto succesfully. The most recent post on KDP Select is still climbing steadily, now in fourth place (discounting system pages)
Top 6 search terms:
|hollow crown henry v||27|
|the hollow crown henry v||26|
|henry v hollow crown||21|
|the hollow crown henry v review||17|
|hollow crown henry v review||14|
|who killed all the daleks||13|
No surprises there. Hiddleston, Hiddleston, Hiddleston, Hiddleston, Hiddleston, Hiddleston, Matt Smith. 🙂
“Search engines” means Google. The second most popular search engine, Bing, comes at paltry 32 referrals, compared to 1005 from Google. So much about Bing’s relevance.
I’m glad of how I managed to embrace Reddit as the source of pageviews. I was a bit wary at first, what with all the stories of vengeful, evil redditors destroying lives of poor bloggers, but it worked out quite well (so far). I’m thinking of writing a guide to using reddit at some point.
Twitter comes way after Stumbleupon and Goodreads. I admit I have no clue how to use it, despite my wife’s best efforts to teach me.
Not sure where Google+ fits in this picture. I certainly have some views coming from there, but they just don’t seem to register in the stats. I wonder why?
Running a blog turned out to be the most successful (and cost-effective) method of advertising: it brought 165 clicks to my Amazon pages (and extra 10 to Kobo). How many of those transformed into sales, I have no idea, but neither do I have this visibility with most of the paid ad solutions. 165 clicks for $0 is definitely the best value for money I could get 🙂
Totals, followers and shares