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All of my 'how to' posts are tagged here. The most popular posts are about blocking and private accounts on Twitter, also the science communication jobs list. None of the science or medical information I might post to this blog should be taken as medical advice (I'm not medically trained).

Think of this blog as a sort of nursery for my half-baked ideas hence 'stuff that occurs to me'.

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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Blog stats for this blog - part three

Updated 1 January 2013.

Previously, on blog stats for this blog:
Blog stats for this blog (23 January 2011)
Blog stats for this blog - part two (30 December 2011)
Blog stats for this blog - part three (13 October 2012) <-- this post!

Roughly every year I post the blog stats (from Blogger's own analytics) for my blog in case anyone else fancies having a bit of a nosey at this sort of thing.

For comparison I've had Google Analytics on my site since May/June 2010 and it says that from then until now this blog has had 88,628 unique visitors making 136,730 page views.
 I've no idea where my blog falls in terms of average hits so I'm not really in a position to feel either smug or embarrassed by the numbers, so here goes...

My blog has recently had a bit of an increase in page visits, as always mostly from Google searches. I do pimp some of my posts on Twitter and other places but Google traffic brings more visitors. This might be very different for other types of blogs of course.

Previous blog hits for each month along with the number of posts written in that month. These stats come from Blogger's own inbuilt analytics, not Google Analytics which gives slightly different figures (though not dramatically different).

May 2009 - 0 hits recorded (possibly because the Blogger analytics machine just started working around this time)
A June 2009 - 0 - 2 posts
B July 2009 - 3,632 - 4 posts
C August 2009 - 3,236 - 6 posts
D September 2009 - 3,384 -  9 posts
E October 2009 - 3,369 - 14 posts
F November 2009 - 6,336 - 4 posts
G December 2009 - 3,394 - 6 posts

2010 - inexplicably absent data (77 posts in total: 9,7,7,9[April]; 2,10,4,9[August]; 5,6,4,5[December])



H January 2011 - 3,938 - 5 posts
I February 2011 - 3,630 - 10 posts
J March 2011 - 5,532 - 6 posts
K April 2011 - 4,641 - 11 posts
L May 2011 - 4,584 - 3 posts
M June 2011 - 5,838 - 5 posts
N July 2011 - 4,120 - 5 posts
O August 2011 - 4,901 - 7 posts
P September 2011 - 6,766 - 3 posts
Q October 2011 - 6,813 - 6 posts
R November 2011 - 7,982 - 11 posts
S December 2011 - 7,226 - 18 posts



January 2012 - 8,137 - 10 posts
February 2012 - 8,475 - 11 posts
March 2012 - 8,115 - 9 posts
April 2012 - 7,672 - 5
May 2012 - 10,318 - 16
June 2012 - 11,191 - 9
July 2012 - 12,646 - 14
August 2012 - 15,251 - 11
September 2012 - 19,031 - 14
October 2012 - 9,719 (at 13 October 2012) - 7 posts so far
November 2012 -28,292
December 2012 - 32,422



As you can see things started to increase a fair bit in July / August and I suspect that's to do with one blog post I wrote on 7 June 2012 called "What happens if you block someone on Twitter? What happens if they block you?" which, for my blog, has had a disproportionate number of hits (20,500+ in three and a half months / 57,800 in six months as of 1 Jan 2013), almost entirely from Google searches (judging from the incoming search logs). One or two other posts have had a few hundred or thousand visits (the ones on Nerdy Day Trips have been popular) but most of my 300+ blogs have between 30 and 200 visits and this just gradually increments over time.

Funnily enough "Blog stats for this blog" version 1, published on 23 January 2011 has, at time of writing, 87 hits - I definitely didn't share the post on Twitter and I suspect if people are searching for 'blog stats' they're going to be looking for something other than how many hits my blog gets (in fact I doubt Google would even show my blog in the results).

The second version, published on 30 December 2011 has 73 hits. Plenty of my blog posts have 150-160 views.

My blog posts on MoreNiche affiliate marketing were also pretty popular (although not on the same scale as the post about Twitter blocking) and I still get a large number of incoming traffic for people searching for information about their products. Perennial favourites are my posts on organisations that employ science communicators.

I don't really do anything with this blog stats information, other than to think 'oh that's nice' when numbers increase a bit. I'm pleased that the post about blocking on Twitter seems to be helpful. No plans to monetize the blog, this is just my hobby.

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