by Paula Neal Mooney
Over the past three days I've tracked an amazing phenomenon whereby my blog's pageviews have increased dramatically -- more than doubled, in fact -- which I can attribute to only one thing. Outside of that Holy Ghost fire, that is.
This was all free. I've yet to invest in the Google Adwords campaign that I plan to launch to drive up blog traffic like John Chow as done.
No, I moved up my StatCounter.com VIEW MY STATS button to a more visible location.
While the average number of visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week remained consistent as shown on this graph, the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw my pageviews increase and double on average.
Viewers must find it interesting to click on the VIEW MY STATS button then click on features like POPULAR PAGES, which gives a good current breakdown of my most popularly-viewed pages. (Once I actually increase my log size file greater than 100 meg -- I'm assuming -- this will even be more invaluable and list more stats about my popular pages.)
Another interesting click point is probably the RECENT KEYWORD ACTIVITY feature that I also like to use. It shows you the truly varied (and sometimes hilarious) search terms folks have typed in to find you.
My blog readers (many of them probably new visitors 'cause I'm banking on search engine traffic over subscribers right now, because I believe the search engine traffic will ultimately bring the subscriber numbers, which are slowly and steadily growing) must click on these features to investigate my stats, then click on the resulting blog pages of mine that StatCounter returns them to.
This is such a win-win, because it has helped people come back to my site and remain on my blog longer, where they're more apt to read advertisements or buy affiliate products and such. I just checked my Google Adsense account and verified that my click-thru rate (page CTR) is getting better. More people clicked on my Google Adsense ads (twice as many on Thursday as the previous day) and my CTR is steadily improving.
So there you have it. If you're so inclined and are looking to increase pageviews, add the StatCounter code to your site.
Then add a NICE bold noticeable VIEW MY STATS link to your site in a highly visible location, along with the largest count button in bold colors you can dream up that'll catch your readers' eyes.
Don't worry if your stats are low. Try it...this may be one way to increase them. Hey, I wasn't even paid to promote this. Does StatCounter have an affiliates program?
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