Thursday, January 27, 2011

Titles Matter. Hot, Asian Dating. Viagra 4 U. Refinancing Your Mortgage. This Blog is About Writing -- Were You Expecting Something Else?

The new version of Blogspot has a 'Stats' tab.  It is really cool to look and see how many hits you get per day, what sites of referring them, where in the world my audience is located, etc...  There is no way to know if the hits are real people who read or just Google updating its data, but it's still neat.  I can tell when viewers have come to me via the links on other blogger's sites.  I can see which blog posts have had the most hits and what time of day people view them.  It's really interesting.

Oddly enough, my most popular blog to date is My Naughty Blog.  Keywords used in searches that most frequently led here were 'naughty' and 'blog.'   This leads me to think that, perhaps, the web surfers were not actually hoping for blogs from a struggle writer musing about the writing process.  Chances are good that they were disappointed.   

The blog that had the second highest amount hits is the blog from a few months ago, Side Kick Spin-off.  Sadly, most people found that one via Google Images when looking up the key words 'Batman and Robin' in Google images.

This actually brings me back to writing.  Titles count for so much.  They are the first impression.  I just retitled my W.I.P. yet again.  It started out as Courtly Consequence, then became Courtly Marriage, and is currently (FTW!) Courtly Abandon.  It has both the staid element of history in Queen Elizabeth's court and something a little more provocative.  I think we're in good shape.

Fellow bloggers, look at your blog stats.  Let me know if you find anything interesting.

And, as for the images, I figured if people came across my blog looking for something else (directed here by my somewhat misleading title), I'd at least give them some eye candy.  I tried to offer variety for diverse tastes.

7 comments:

Candyland said...

I get some weird ones too. A lot about balls:/

Misha said...

Lmao I love the sheep pic!

I also got some very random causes for hits that I will rather not divulge...

:-)

Patti Struble said...

Ok, the sheep made me laugh. Diverse tastes, huh? Too funny. I love checking my stats too, but sometimes, I find the convolusion of some of the data too much.
Patti

Raquel Byrnes said...

You are too funny, Erin. Love the pictures though...Hugh *sigh*.
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J.L. Campbell said...

I came here from another writing blog, I think. I laughed out loud when I got to the reason why you posted the pictures. Now that I'm done laughing, I can tell you that yes, I agree that titles are very important. It makes the difference between someone stopping - maybe out of curiosity - and passing on by because their interest wasn't the least bit aroused.

Erin Kane Spock said...

LOL! One of the search key words that lead to my blog recently was "hot asia 4 U." Awesome.

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