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.

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