An Introduction to Site Metrics and Redneck Boobs
It would appear as though I am the only one updating their blog regularly. With that said, I should be finishing an 8+ page paper that's due tomorrow instead of writing this... But hell, this is more interesting. I'll also mention that I failed my last organic chemistry exam due to a lack of preparation, largely the result of my failed attempt at keeping you guys moderately entertained on this website for 5 minutes.
But yeah, I'm not mad no one else is blogging or anything. I'll just keep on self-sacrificing. ಥ_ಥ
That whole rant was just an attempt to use that smiley in some relevant manner.
Hm, yes. Everyone loves bar charts and line graphs. I'm not sure if I'm just simply feeble-minded or if it's the colors, but I'll be damned if they aren't gorgeous little nuggets for my brain. Anyways, I won't disappoint you...
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This first image I'll be sharing happens to depict the growth of Elder Souls over a period of about four months, from January 1st to April 4th. The specific metric featured is called "Visits", which as explained by Google...
So basically, this means that half of these "visits" are probably just my constant appearances on the site... Though I usually don't even get 30 minutes in between my numerous check-ups, so this chart is at least somewhat legitimate. Probably.
Visits represent the number of individual sessions initiated by all the visitors to your site. If a user is inactive on your site for 30 minutes or more, any future activity will be attributed to a new session. Users that leave your site and return within 30 minutes will be counted as part of the original session.
There are some interesting things to take away from this chart.
- The first arrow depicts the time that I ran out of money in Adwords, so paid traffic ceased to exist. Prior to this, the site was getting almost no traffic organically via search engines. I'm sure the large drop-off that the arrow is pointing at paints the picture relatively well. What's surprising, is the steep climb in traffic that appeared shortly after this at the end of January.
- Arrow 2 shows the period of 1-2 days that the site was offline. Though the number of unique visitors remained constant, visits did take a hit as you can see. One can assume this was due to people not coming back after they realized we were down.
- Ah, arrow 3. My favorite arrow. This happens to be the statistically best day our site has ever had as far as traffic is concerned, amassing 483 unique visitors. Unique visitors corresponds to the number of individual IP addresses that visit the site a day, so it's a less biased metric that "visits." That should accurately portray the number of people that came to the site, give or take those that used multiple devices (e.g. computer and phone).
The above graph represents totals over the 4 month range noted above. Not bad for a new site, eh? Here are some brief explanations for the more vague terms you're seeing...
- Page views: This field indicates the total number of pageviews for your site when applied over the selected dimension. For example, if you select this metric together with Request URI, it will return the number of page views over the returned result set for the Request URI for your report
- Bounce Rate: The percentage of single-page visits (i.e. visits in which the person left your site from the entrance page).
- New Visits: The number of new visits by people who have never been to the site before.
Search Engine Queries
But... how exactly do people find the site? Our main source of traffic is known as organic traffic, comprised primarily of visitors from search engines. Here's a small excerpt of a few searches people used to find content on the site.
As entertaining as always.
Redneck boobs. The lewdness of internet users never disappoints.
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