Blog Traffic Stats – One Year Later

In my previous post I talked about how Technically Easy evolved over the past year, as well as discussed the name, domain and logo. In continuing with my one year of blogging, I will now discuss the traffic Technically Easy has received over the past year.

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For those new to web sites or blogging, you may have seen similar traffic stats to your site. Although the numbers aren’t huge by some standards, they are still good for a one year old site.

Monthly Stats

I use both Google Analytics and Statcounter to keep track of the visitors to Technically Easy. The numbers provided in this post all come directly from Google Analytics. To begin the traffic discussion, lets look at the numbers:

Month Direct Search
Engines
Referring Total
July 2007 24 99 99 222
August 2007 20 42 159 221
September 2007 120 1,055 372 1,547
October 2007 94 611 314 1,019
November 2007 99 754 243 1,096
December 2007 271 3,018 1,828 5,117
January 2008 437 2,815 2,429 5,681
February 2008 1,150 4,137 4,137 9,424
March 2008 1,703 4,150 4,957 10,810
April 2008 1,695 5,034 6,114 12,843
May 2008 1,756 7,932 4,845 14,533
June 2008*
* – Projected for the month.
2,011 10,492 4,418 16,921

As with any new site I received very few visitors in the beginning. Both the months of July and August accounted for an average of 7 visitors a day. I admit that at the time it was difficult to write posts as so few visitors were reading them, but I realized that as I wrote new posts I would get more visitors.

The September, October, and November stats show first a drastic increase in search engine traffic, then a drop and then a slow increase again. This is normal for new sites. You will find that when you first get listed in search engines they may put your pages near the top of the search results, and then remove them. Your pages will bounce around until your site becomes older, which is what you see in these three months.

Another drastic increase occurred in December for the referring traffic (traffic from other web sites). This is due in large part to me joining Entrecard at the beginning of the month. If you have a new blog, then Entrecard can help get you started with traffic as you can see from December onwards.

From January until the present the monthly visitors has increased each month. From the calculations, the total visitors have increased each month by at least 11% over the previous month. The direct traffic has increased drastically at times. I have also noticed more search engine traffic, which over the last three months has increased 21.30%, 57.57%, and 32.28%, respectively. As my site gets older I am receiving more traffic from the search engines. Most of the referring traffic continues to come from Entrecard, however, I am starting to see smaller sites also provide some traffic.

Besides Entrecard, both Wikipedia and StumbleUpon have also provided some nice traffic at times. For Wikipedia, I included links to posts in the wireless networking pages. The StumbleUpon traffic was a result of visitors stumbling my posts.

Overall, while the traffic isn’t earth-shattering, I am still quite happy with how it has increased over the past year.

Top Traffic Sources

There are many source of traffic for Technically Easy over the past year, from large search engines to small personal blogs. The table below lists the top five traffic sources for my blog.

Site Visits
Google 31,241
Entrecard 17,694
Yahoo 4,392
Wikipedia 2,819
StumbleUpon 2,072

It is no surprise that Google is my number one traffic source, especially in the past few months when the amount of traffic from search engines increased substantially. I mentioned joining Entrecard in December 2007, and since that time it has provide almost 18,000 visitors to Technically Easy.

My little test of including links in Wikipedia articles has paid off with almost 3,000 visitors. I included those links sometime earlier this year, so almost 3,000 visitors in a few months isn’t too bad.

Summary

While Technically Easy may not receive as many visitors as some sites or blogs that were started around the same time, I am quite happy with how the visitor count has increased over the past year. It is also nice to see that the number of visitors has increased with each month.

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9 Responses to “Blog Traffic Stats – One Year Later”

  1. Margaret says:

    I’m also new to all this and traffic is slow. I’ve had my blog for 2 years and just switched in blogger to custom domain. Hope that helps me get more traffic and improve my site.

  2. Thomas says:

    Thank you very much for sharing your stats. As a new blogger it is great to see how other has been able to grow their traffic in the first difficult months. I hope I will be able to grow my traffic like you have been in the future.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      It is great to see traffic increase over time, but it was hard in the beginning to keep writing posts. Generating traffic definitely takes time and patience.

  3. claire says:

    Impressive! How did you get links from wikipedia?

    • Paul says:

      At the time I manually included the links in specific pages related to the post. Since then, however, my links have been removed. Ah well, I did get some traffic from Wikipedia.

  4. Paul says:

    Any web statistics package provides that information. If you use a paid host tha nyour should have server stats that give you that information.

    For free packages you can look at the two big names: Google Analytics (http://analytics.google.com) and Statcounter (http://www.statcounter.com).

  5. lisa says:

    How did you compile these stats? Did you use a special software to see who came from where?

  6. Josh says:

    Good stats from Google, it is good to have that as your largest traffic source.

  7. Nice stats! it is reassuring to see the increase in SEO traffic over time!

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