The stats connection

July 22

The stats connection

Go to your Stats page and check your top three – five posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.

This is a prompt from 365 Days of Writing Prompts

The first table is my stats on 14 July 2014. The second is from a few weeks earlier.  It is noticeable that only the first three entries have changed.

 

Cathedral Window Patchwork Pincushion 204
About 153
Tips for new bloggers from A to Z on wordpress.com 103
Christmas Eve prayer 93
A to Z Challenge 2013 73
UK Blog Awards 2014 66
Twenty six 62

 

 

Cathedral Window Patchwork Pincushion 198
About 150
Tips for new bloggers from A to Z on wordpress.com 101
Christmas Eve prayer 93
A to Z Challenge 2013 73
UK Blog Awards 2014 66
Twenty six 62

 

Home page/archives is where the link to a blog goes and varies from time to time depending on what has been freshly posted.  Although this is the highest score in the stat it is irrelevant to the current exercise.

 

About is a page, not a post.

A to Z Challenge 2013 is also a page, listing all my A to Z posts for that year.

UK Blog awards 2014 was a static front page for my blog for several weeks during which voting was open for the UK Blog Awards.  It is not surprising that it ranks high in the statistics.

 

By process of elimination I have Cathedral Window Patchwork Pincushion, Tips for new bloggers from A to Z on wordpress.com, Christmas Eve prayer and Twenty six to write about as my most viewed posts.  Twenty six was written in response to a Daily Prompt.  My statistics are better, when I use the Daily Prompt than when I use 365 Days of Writing Prompts or no prompt at all.  I can only assume that other Daily Prompters and WordPressers in general read the responses to the Daily Prompt.

Twenty Six performed better than other of my responses to the Daily Prompt because it was also of interest to Blogging from A to Z in April participants.  The founder of that challenge had recently begun to follow my blog and helped promote it on Twitter.  The post was a “heads up” for the imminent challenge.

The Christmas Eve Prayer also involved the A to Z community.  There was a linky list to sign up for this challenge.  As it was holiday time and winter in the Northern hemisphere more people than usual were visiting each other’s blogs.  It also had a good title for search engines to find it.

My Tips for bloggers from A to Z on wordpress.com was popular, because it included helpful, time-saving information.  Again A to Z bloggers helped promote it.  I have heard that virtue is its own reward, but helpful informative posts lead to more traffic!

My most popular post ever is something of a mystery.  It is a craft post with a specific title, no doubt useful for Google et al.  It was not written in response to any prompt.  However there are many people in the world, who are interested in craft projects.  As I do not allow comments on posts older than 30 days, I have no idea whether the people looking at this post like what they find or go away disappointed.  Having the cut-off definitely reduces spam comments.

In conclusion, my best traffic is from posts which are informative and relevant to large numbers of readers.  Daily Prompt is good, Daily Prompt plus A to Z challenge is better, linky lists are good as long as enough people sign up and the time of year makes a difference as well.

Mathematicians out there, have I missed anything?

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