Why must we track our traffic?

A few of you have asked and some emailed me to ask why I am so dependent on tracking my blog traffic. Sorry I never got around to reply the emails because I was rather busy with the candlelight vigils and the much awaited change of Government. Still waiting with bated breath and keeping my eyes on the latest news.

So, why do we need to track our blog traffic? I have written a post title “How do I increase traffic to my website or blog.” In Step Two and Step Six, I talked about tracking blog traffic.

STEP TWO – Put a stat counter to track traffic

Instal a stat counter. You can get it free from a few sites. I stick with Sitemeter and other bloggers like StatCounter.

After you have set up a blog, you will need to know if your blog is read by anyone. That’s why it is essential to put a stat counter. Otherwise, how will you know if you are getting any traffic? If you use WordPress.com, i.e. the free wordpress, they have a stat analysis for you. Otherwise, sign up for the basic, free account with Sitemeter, Statcounter or others to get the code and paste it to your blog. At the same time, sign up with Google Webmaster Central for a more detailed analysis.

And in :

STEP SIX – Watch your blog traffic like a hawk, analyse

Start getting obsessed with your stat counter. Look if you have any visitors. Search where they come from. And when you first get your very first organic traffic, then, celebrate.

Note that these steps are more for those who wish to make money through blogging. If you are writing a personal blog and couldn’t care less about traffic, then, forget about traffic.

I rely heavily on my Sitemeter because I usually have some tricks which are secrets to bait for traffic. I need to know if the fishes are biting, you see. At the same time, I have the perverted obsession of getting on front page on search results. For example, I wrote a post on the DPM Najib blog and this morning, I found that I have reached #1 for my personal blog and #3 for this blog for certain keywords.

In other words, with traffic analysis, I can use it to gauge the effectiveness of my SEO efforts. At the same time, I know if people dissed or praised me because I can see traffic coming from other URLs.

I have many blogs and each of them have a few pages which attract a lot of traffic. With stat counter, I know if I am hot, or not. Hehehe.

Post Author: lilian

12 thoughts on “Why must we track our traffic?


    (September 18, 2008 - 4:53 pm)

    There are many perverts around. Me included. LOL!


    (September 18, 2008 - 8:42 pm)

    now im trying to exploit more and more things on google trends after it has driving me a 6k traffic already.
    Well, to get traffic, SEO is the most and most important things than other blog promoting technique.


    (September 18, 2008 - 9:32 pm)

    thanks for sharing.., i just love to share about career tips


    (September 18, 2008 - 9:42 pm)

    Wow…the things you all do to get more traffic… good tips, though. Man, the world of blogging is so dynamic :(

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    (September 19, 2008 - 1:59 am)

    I feel that tracking traffic is important for knowing about the return from the promotions that you are doing for your website. Hope I am correct….. :)


    (September 19, 2008 - 3:02 am)

    I cant stop looking at sitemeter as well. I registered at statscounter now.

    Do you use the payed version of Sitemeter or does the free version do enough for you?


    (September 20, 2008 - 9:24 am)

    Or just install google analytics – it’s like a thousand stat counters combined!


    (September 21, 2008 - 9:43 pm)

    Thanks for your post. Really, this article very nice and usefull for newbie like me. Thanks a lot


    (September 22, 2008 - 12:22 am)

    As far as I am concerned,traffic monitoring is one of the most important measure for any online business,blogs,sites etc. You can only improve what you can measure and I always use free tools like awstat,GA to monitor and improve my sites overall performance.

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    (September 24, 2008 - 7:06 pm)

    Yea tracking your visitors is pretty essential standard seo stuff. At the same time though I believe that some people myself included in the past worry so much about where the traffic comes from and don’t spend enough time getting traffic in the first place. Just something i’ve noticed. My advice is first get a good amount of traffic in the thousands if you wanna make any kind of money, then streamline it while still keeping the amount high.

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    (September 26, 2008 - 8:25 pm)

    I love statcounter – I use it for all my sites. I use AWstats as well which I have for my hosting, but it’s much more useful to be able to check all your sites in the one place.


    (September 27, 2008 - 2:48 pm)

    Well, I have decided to install the Stat to check on the traffic to my blogs. The other tips are also what I am focusing on now.


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