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And by attention, I meant I was curious enough to know my visitor’s activities when they visit my blog. Some take their time browsing and others leave immediately (after seeing that they will not get anything from me, I really don’t blame them :P). I have in house web analyzer and I still use a third party site like statcounter. Yeah, for someone who doesn’t care, I sure have done a bit of effort to install this stuff, is that what you’re saying? One, it’s part of the package deal, and two, it’s really easy to install. And honestly, I only do this as a counter measure (not to stalk you guys); let’s say someone was so inspired by site before. But that’s a thing of the past, I really don’t call them out but honestly, if I get too much traffic from one person it arouses my curiosity.

Ah, don’t worry, the only time I paid attention if I installed a new one for another site of mine, which happened recently. I decided to check my stats while I was doing it and see what’s up. And I’m incredibly surprised these little tidbits that I found out.

People put me in their blogroll; Aasfshfdlsjsjsalkflg!

Like whoa? Me? You’re linking me?! I don’t have blogroll but in case you’re wondering if I have blogs that I love, of course I do. But I’m doing it ninja style, I’m inconspicuous—er, maybe not. The most obvious clue is I comment frequently. I only follow a handful of blogs via RSS. Ones I’m committed on interacting to the bloggers. Snobbish? Perhaps, but somehow I’m more inclined on building friendship with these bloggers rather than a bunch of strangers as followers.

They liked my blog! They liked my blog!

It’s a bit connected to #1, but nothing makes me blush furiously when someone said they were inspired by my blog (when I was mentioned in their blog post or something and they decided to check my blog out). Might be my design or something else, I’m so happy to know that I’m appreciated. I love you, too, you gorgeous people!

Most of my visitors are from US?!! O.O

Before, Philippines (where I live) is where I got most of my hits. But according to my stats (this month), 43.60% are from US?!!! And only 25.40% are from Philippines. I was truly shocked and bit petrified since I write awkwardly and messes my post often so ugh, I’m embarrassed. But seriously I’m still shocked!

My visitors are directed by weird key terms.  o.O

Let me tell you this I’m not offering anything for downloads so might as well give that up! I don’t have 17++ posts either. My posts are rated GP even though I review adult/new adult books. I keep my terms teen friendly!

But for most parts, key words like the book title and characters are still what drove them here. It surprises me somehow because I have many competitions for that attention. Not that I’m competing, I just still found that bit interesting.

So how about you? Do you care about your statistics? Do you also sometimes check your visitors’ activities during their visit? Care to share it with me so I don’t feel like a complete stalker by doing this?!

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2014 / 07 / 18

37 Responses to That rare occasion when I actually paid attention to my blog’s stats.

  1. If there is someone lurking for a long time, it might be me. Sometimes I open tons of posts on Bloglovin’ and I let them open, but I get distracted by something else :p and then minutes later I finally remember I was going to comment, haha.

    I honestly don’t pay attention to stats. The only thing I have is Google analytic and I don’t trust that website to be very accurate.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I heard about Google analytric and they said it’s not really very accurate. I’m also like that, the internet is a very distracting place. :P

  2. Leigh (Little Book Star) says:

    Wow that’s cool how you could see for how long someone visits your blog. I used to care A LOT about my statistics but now I don’t really care anymore because I’ve learned that being stats-crazy won’t make blogging fun. When I DO check out my stats, I like looking at the stuff my visitors searched on my search bar haha. Some are quite funny.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s the search terms that really fascinates me, how strange they came up with these terms (and they were actually directed to my blog!)

  3. Hawwa [ItWasLovelyReadingYou] says:

    Awwh that’s cool that people add you to their blog roll. I LOVE YOUR BLOG BY THE WAY, I just have a ninja blog roll too..;) I remember the first time I saw someone had added me to their blog roll I was like ASDFGHJKL and I find some crazy stuff people have searched and suddenly found my blog by..Although to be fair it’s probably in my blog somewhere, I talk about totally random stuff. ;)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Hawwa! I guess I’m not the only one who does it ninja style. It really makes us happy that people put us on their blogrolls. xD

  4. Nikki @ The Paper Sea says:

    Of course you’re in people’s blogrolls! ;) I try only to look at my stats thoroughly once a month, usually at the end so I can see how my blog is progressing, but it can be an interesting experience! A lot of the search terms that lead to my blog are just “title” + “author” too — then I wonder how many pages on Google they had to go back to find my post!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Eeep, it’s really nice to know that. I also receive a monthly report of mys stats but I don’t read it. It’s actually educational to check it once in a while. :D

  5. Annie says:

    I don’t really pay much attention to my stats becasue it’s not something that personally interests me. Also I know that if I spend too much time analyzing them it’ll probably end up being all I think about which is not what I want. So I usually avoid my Google Analytics unless I’m sending in a request to a publisher and I have to search up my stats and it is rather interesting to see at times! I’m still not sure how to use Google Analytics totally but I do know how to check where my readers are from and I always love looking at that. I think most of my readers are from the US as well and then Canada and the UK.

    And um, of COURSE people appreciate you! You’re fantastic!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Aw, thanks Annie. Your like one of the blogs that I really, really like! I’m glad you don’t pay attention to your stats. It’s nice to know but we shouldn’t put so much thought on it.

  6. I like looking at my stats. I don’t really care if it goes up or if it goes down, as long as I know people are visiting and coming back. I appreciate them all, and it helps me improve and know what kind of posts and content click and what don’t. I get a lot of weird search terms, too!! Haha, they make me chuckle most of the times, but well, a view is still a view so google away, bizarre strangers.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s nice to know that the people, regardless of the number, visit our blog. We should be appreciative with that, I agree.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I totally like looking at my stats, mostly because it’s always interesting to see what countries people are looking at, and also because sometimes the WEIRDEST search terms get my blog (see: Top Ten Notable Fish and really horrifying gems like “draco hermione fanfiction hermione raped by ron”. PEOPLE LOOK FOR STUFF LIKE THAT?!?!)

  8. Zoe N. says:

    I’m the same way. :) I don’t really like looking at my stats more than I really have to, because I don’t really want to get too wrapped up in them. And of course people <3 your blog! It's amazing and the work you've put into it is so evident! (And ha! You're not alone in checking your stats for the search terms! I also find them hilarious & fun to read! xD) Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT post! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Zoe! I actually found it amusing not because I want an increase on my blogs traffic but how my visitors found/checked my blog.

  9. You’re totally stuck in people’s blogrolls now Mitchii ;D I’m doing mine up with little write-ups so it’s really slow D: But of COURSE people LOVE your blog Mitchii! You’ve become such an inspiration to all of us! :D
    I don’t really like looking at my stats either, sure the numbers can be cool, but sometimes it inevitably gives me this feeling of inadequacy because I keep comparing myself with other bloggers, so NOPE NOPE, not doing that too often! ;D Right now, I’m most happy because I know that there are people stopping by my blog, reading and leaving sweet comments! :3 Like you!! :D
    And like Mel, if someone is lurking on your blog, it’s probably me too, LOL! xD I love stalking your blog (oops), it’s so fun! >:)
    Haha! Great post big sis!! :D <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It really makes me happy to know that. You’re an inspiration too little sis! XD I’m happy that people share their time leaving me sweet comments. I really appreciate it. :3

  10. Hehe, even though I care a lot about my stats, for some reason I just can’t be bothered to check them out on a third-party website. Too depressing, maybe? :P But yup, I can totally relate to all that you’ve listed down here! I feel so happy when I’m on someone’s blogroll too, makes me feel like people actually DO like me, haha. It’s kind of like a small achievement, because I’m so quiet in real life hardly anyone notices me. And I’m totally the same way — I only follow a couple of blogs. I’m really picky about the kind of blogs I follow, so that’s why.

    Hey, actually, bits and pieces of my current design were inspired by yours! Didn’t know if you noticed, but just wanted to throw this out there. :D It’s not surprising that you inspire so many people — your posts and whole blog in general are just so fun and great to read. And it’s thanks to you, too, that I’m currently in this anime sinkhole! Just sucking up all the animes I can get out there, yanno. xD

    I’m not that surprised that most of my readers are from the States, because I barely know anyone in my own country who love to read YA books. Still, it’s amazing how many people from different countries check out my posts, though. But don’t be afraid about your posts, Mitchii. Like I said above, they’re awesome.

    Weirdly enough, one of the search terms used to find my blog was “mikasa ackerman gifs”… and I’m feeling so proud at the moment, lol.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Really? *blushes* It’s really flattering (I’ve been abusing this word but what the heck) to know that. You’re an great designer and for me to know that you were inspired by my work really is humbling. Thanks!

      There are lots of Filipino readers and when I checked before, traffic always come from Philippines so I assumed it still is. But lately visitors are from US. It makes me really nervous, haha. I’m embarrassed of my posts and whatnots.

  11. Shannelle C. says:

    I just look at my search terms and just wonder who will search that. It’s just so weird.

    And I get the same feeling when I see people put me in their blogroll! Like honestly, you’re going to put ME in your blogroll? *blushes* And I don’t have a blogroll either because I dunno why I would want to put one.

    And I don’t know if a lot of my readers are from the US, but I do know that I do get a lot of hits from the Philippines! Maybe that just happens to us on the day we check our stats.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s weird! I tried one but removed it, I rather show my appreciation by visiting and commenting on the blogs I follow.

      Statcounter/Awstats show in-depth analysis of your visitors. I checked my monthly stats; and consistently my visitors are from US. *nervous*

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  14. Jenna says:

    I love numbers (Yes, I liked math in school) so I love look at my stats and seeing how they change. Sometimes they go up, sometimes they go down. I just like to see the trends. I get a lot of people searching for spoilers. Lately it’s If I Stay and Where She Went spoilers and my review for those books does include spoilers (along with a warning, of course), but sometimes they’re looking for spoilers and my review doesn’t have any.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I get those key terms about particular information about the story. And just like you I keep spoilers at minimum, or none at all.

  15. Lina says:

    I love looking at my stats…where my viewers come from, their search terms (curse google and their confidentiality!) and such. I think it’s natural considering how much we appreciate our viewers!

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  17. Of course bloggers (like me!) will add you to their blogrolls, Mitchii! :D I love your blog, the design and the content you put out. :)

    Most of my visitors are from the US, too! PH readers are still loyal, though. :)

    There are some keywords that I have no idea how they’re related to me, the blog, or my content! xD Sometimes I go through some of the blog’s search terms just to laugh at them. ;)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yay! Thanks for adding Aimee. You’re like a well-known blogger so it’s really flattering to know that you added me.
      It makes me nervous to know that my visitors are from US. I’m bit intimidated because I’m sloppy writer. Exactly,, the key terms are funny!

  18. Ahaha you’re not a stalker! I do this as well! I also start to blush furiously when I see myself on someone else’s blogroll. It’s seriously such an honour. I also start to fan myself. :3 It just gets so hot you know? Most of my visitors are from the US as well! The amount of Aussie viewers have actually gone up which I’m really happy about. I don’t look to much at keywords but I think that most of the time, the keywords that lead to my site are pretty normal. Or at least I hope they are. :P

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Glad I’m not the only one. It’s really flattering to know that some bloggers particularly the ones you look up to add you. <3

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  20. Johannah says:

    I do pay attention to states. Some days I have decent stats and other times they just suck. It also depends on how much I blog and what I blog. Random posts get more views then my actual reviews. Which is weird but whatever. – ps I’m from the US! :)

  21. Haha I was surprised that most of the visitors on my blog are from US but even more surprised because the second most are from Russia. Like what do I make of that? LOL.

    Also, those weird key terms are hella weird. I seriously don’t get some of those…

    Yes, it’s such a great feeling to discover yourself on someone else’s blog and feel loved.

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