This week, this blog will be about 8 months old. I’m surprised that I’ve managed to keep up a steady pace for that period. I have not yet really sat down and taken a look at what has clicked, or what goals I could set for the future.
First, my traffic has steadily increased each month. Of course, this has been highly encouraging as more and more people come to take a look, and people get involved in the community. Getting high traffic has never been a end goal of this blog, but it it exciting to see the increased traffic.
When I first started, I was intrigued by GamesThatIPlay’s “WordPress is its own game” series of posts. I found it really interesting to see the analysis on where the traffic was coming from, and what people tended to gravitate toward. Human behavior is always an interesting topic. Let’s take a look at some categories of stats from my last 7 months as a new blogger and see what it tells us:
Most Popular Posts Stats
To begin, we have the most popular posts of all time for the blog:
This list omits a handful of articles, mostly made up of early posts when this blog was first launched. The were not well-written, often did not have a topic people really cared about, and I did not have any community involvement. The lowest blog post is currently “
I thought that Hearthstone might not be a topic I could really get interest in, but posts about “” and, more significantly, “ ” have solid numbers. It’s fun to talk about Hearthstone every once in awhile.
Unsurprisingly, list-styled posts get the most traffic. “” is really a list of tycoon games just without the ubiquitous 5 in the title. I guess people like the short posts with well recognized structure. These posts typically get the most search engine love. Normally, I’m drawn to these types of posts because it gives me a writing framework. I often want to go longer on the lists, but 5 seems to be a good balance between length and having relevant content for the whole post.
While its not the top post, “” which has also done well traffic-wise. I just think they are fun posts to write.” is really the superstar post. I wrote it early, motivated by my own curiosity of what the most expensive games truly were. It always gets a steady trickle of visitors each week. Of course I followed it with a similar article “
Top Referrer Stats
My top referrers come down to a select few:
- Search Engines
- WordPress Reader
Reddit is far and away the top referrer. Only a couple of my articles have made it onto to Reddit, but it drives a lot of traffic. Search engine traffic was really weak when I first started, but after the start of the new year has really picked up. Maybe Google was testing to see if I’d stick with the blog.
WordPress Reader traffic is pretty steady, especially now that there is a great group of community blogs that stop by each week. These are my favorite visitors, as I really like discussing in the comments with others. I have several followers that have double digit comments and I really appreciate the feedback.
Facebook and Twitter are highly inconsistent. I have tried to be more active and engaging on Twitter recently, but I often forget to check it. This blog’s Facebook page doesn’t have much to speak of. I don’t use Facebook much personally, so its hard to have any presence there.
Search Term Stats
Since this is a free WordPress site, my search terms stats are not very robust. These are some of the more fascinating stats, so I really wish I could get more detail. Maybe I should upgrade (more on that later).
Anyway, my search terms that are recorded are generally all related to “rare n64 games” or “binding of isaac tips.” I’m proud to say that “” will show up on a first page of Google under some search terms. I really enjoy Isaac and I’m glad that some tips have (hopefully) helped some people out. I think that post had a good combo of the list effect plus I posted it when the game was just released. Posting reviews of older titles doesn’t generate the same interest.
Where Visitors are Coming From
- United States
- United Kingdom
This list isn’t too surprising, given that I post in English and focus on Western games. More surprising is that I have had visitors from over 90 different countries visit the blog. That stat is probably my favorite, as its really interesting to think people from all over the globe have read my thoughts about ““.
Looking back at the stats, the best formula for a post seems to be:
- Current topic
- List style / Basic Structure
- Cool Pictures
Creating lists of information that have not been previously collected, which involves a popular or current topic, typically generates the most traffic. Of course, my blog was not created to generate a lot of traffic, and I only have a few months of stats, but those general rules will get you somewhere.
In the future, my main goal is to build the community. Getting visitors to come back and discuss the post with others is the highest compliment you can get. Normally I pick a topic I have been discussing with others and try to form some discussion topics throughout my post. Expect more posts of this type in the future.
I want to incorporate more formal reviews on the site. Every gaming site prides itself on its reviews, and so I want to get more on the blog. My last two reviews have been learning experiences. Coming up with a scoring system and putting thoughts to coherent sentences is tougher than it seems.
The big decision is whether to get my own domain and hosting. I like the simplicity of having free WordPress, but having my own space is also enticing. My site layout is not optimal-I’d really like to be able to increase the font size, change up the landing page, and other things. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to possibly undertake this transition?
I’ve updated my About Me page, and will be adding a review scoring system page. I also messed around with the menu system to better organize my tags. Now that I am starting to build a solid base of posts, I need to maintain organization.
That concludes my quick look at my blog’s stats. Hopefully some of it was interesting, and perhaps some bloggers on the fence will take the dive. It’s been a fun experience in building this little corner of the Internet.