Normally, I would post a quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… But since I’m teaching my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course right now – I did want to spend a bit more time on the entry this month.
This past month there were 3,538 visits to this blog from 2,135 unique visitors, which is down about 650 visits and about 25 visitors since June. As I mentioned last month, the new statistics page that WordPress.com now provides only goes back 11 months, so I can’t tell you how this compared to this month last year.
The top ten posts and pages from the past month were:
The visitors came from these countries…
These people found my blog using these top ten methods – note that I expanded the “Search Engines” option to highlight what search engines people actually used.
As search engines made up so much of my traffic, it is always interesting to see what people were actually searching for.
I’m actually a little surprised to see “samuel barbour, newfoundland” up there. As regular readers know, Samuel Barbour was my grandfather who passed away two years ago. I write about him each Remembrance Day (see the tag for “Remembrance Day” to see those entries). So it is a bit touching, almost two years after his passing (to the day just about) to see that appear.
In previous year’s, I have had students created and embed a Feedburner account (which I removed from the course this year, as the Boise State semesters have decreased from eight weeks to seven weeks and both WordPress and Blogger have better statistics and RSS feeds these days). So the basic statistics from my Feedburner account.
According to the dashboard, I had the following subscribers and reach. Note that “subscribers is an approximate measure of the number of individuals currently subscribed to your feed,” while “reach is the total number of people who have taken action — viewed or clicked — on the content in your feed.”
The top ten entries – according to Feedburner – this past month were:
Note that none of the top entries recorded by Feedburner were listed in the top ten entries as collected by WordPress. Also note that in the past 30 days, Feedburner recorded about 4,000 views and over 4,000 clicks from the entries – both of which are higher than the 3,538 visits recorded by WordPress. What this tells me is that more people access my blog through the RSS feed I have created in Feedburner, as opposed to the RSS feed directly on the blog itself.
According to Feedburner, my visitors came from:
And that’s about all of the statistics from Feedburner (and WordPress for that matter).
Anyway… The reason I try to post a more detailed entry during EDTECH537 is to highlight the kinds of things that you can learn from the statistics that your blog keeps. For example, in comparing the top entries from the WordPress statistics with the top entries in my Feedburner statistics it is clear that those that access my blog through an RSS feed tend to click on current content (as all or almost all of the entries from the Feedburner statistics are from June and July 2015). Most of the traffic that finds my blog through search engines find older content – which given the fact that visits from search engines made up almost a third of my traffic (according to my WordPress statistics) – it is important to understand what people are searching for and what they find interesting enough to click on. For example, the entry Questions About The School Of Tomorrow is always in the top ten each and every month (and annually). This should tell me that I could write more about the School of Tomorrow/ACE Program (when in reality the only other entry that I have on the topic is Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education).
The statistics also tell me things like where my visitors are coming from – note you’d expect the United States and Canada to be high on the list, also countries like New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea – as these are all countries that I have written about their K-12 online learning programs or issues. However, the high number of European nations on both the WordPress and Feedburner lists is always a bit surprising – as there are very few K-12 online learning programs in most European nations and I rarely write about them. Again, knowing these visitors are coming, it presents an opportunity to write more about the programs from and issues facing these nations.
Finally, as I end each statistics entry, the data from my old blog site (which I have left up to allow those that may have linked to specific entries to still be able to find them).