Figuring out how many eyeballs blog posts get isn’t easy. I'm using Google Analytics and Blog Tracker but I'm not confident I am getting a clear picture of what's happening.
I’m getting about 2000 visitors per month and about 3000 page views. About 1000 are from Malaysia, about 300 from the US and about 200 from Australia. The rest are from all over.
I'm not sure if these things count the number of hits I get through Facebook links, and I'm still unclear what posts are most popular, or peak hours when people come.
Writer's tip: What is clear is that since I started blogging 6 days a week, my traffic has increased. If you want to build traffic, you've got to have a near daily offering.
What's also interesting is that only 20 or so people ever leave a comment. I'm always curious why so many other readers don't leave a comment, so when I meet people who tell me how much they like my blog and visit often, I quiz them (hopefully I don't put them off!)
One pal says she doesn't participate because she knows me so she can tell me what she thinks. But that lovely girl I met in the park two weeks ago said it's because she didn't know me and she thought it a bit mahlu (shymaking) to write in the comment box.
Hmm. Thing is, I use my blog to leverage my writing like Katz Tales and Dog Talk that appear in The Star, the Malaysian national daily, and my books Katz Tales and Logomania. If I think the blog isn't working to boost my other work, I will stop writing entries.
Hits are hard-to-discern signs of success but comments are nice and visible. I'm going to try and think of ways to boost the ratio of visitors who leave comments. In the meantime, if you like this blog, leave me a comment, please? Pretty please?