Even if you blog for the pure love of creating and posting, attracting traffic and seeing traffic increase is icing on the cake, or if you’re like me and you prefer savory to sweet, traffic is like gravy on the french fries. (Mmmm….gravy.) Today, we’ve got a quick tip to help you see exactly how much gravy, er, traffic individual posts get over time. Meet the small but mighty magnifying glass.
The magnifying glass appears to the right of post titles in the Top Posts and Pages box on your site’s stats page. To view your stats, go to Dashboard > Site Stats. (You can also get to your stats page by clicking on the sparkline chart in your admin bar.)
On the Site Stats, page, look for the box called Top Posts and Pages. Here’s a screenshot of The Daily Post‘s Top Posts and Pages:
Click on the magnifying glass next to the title of any post. You’ll see a stats page that shows the number of views the post has received since you published it. The stats charts that follow are for a perennially popular post here at The Daily Post, called “Choosing the Perfect Blog Name: Two WordPressers Share Their Secrets.” Here are the views that post has received since we published it in November, 2012:
Here’s the chart that shows the average number of visits the post has received over time. This is super handy to find out whether visits are increasing or dropping off:
There’s also a chart that details traffic in the most recent weeks which also lets you know whether traffic is going up or down:
If you’re not ignoring stats altogether, the minuscule but mighty magnifying glass can help you determine which of your posts resonate with your audience over time. While you’ve got your nose in your stats, check for stats patterns and spikes: do you find traffic tends to peak Monday through Wednesday and then slows as the weekend approaches? Planning your editorial calendar to publish posts on popular topics when you know your audience will come to call can give your traffic a boost and your readers more of what they clearly love. Win-win.