I’ve been trying to understand website traffic as various blog traffic reports show different numbers. The following post was rather enlightening to be honest:
A short summary of this post:
- Webalizer is way over estimating your traffic – it measures at your server and interprets log files
- AWStats is slightly over estimating your traffic – it measures at your server and interprets log files
- Google Analytics is slightly underestimating your traffic – it measures traffic via cookies
An the funny thing, all of them are wrong (albeit some more then others)! Nice…..
Blog Traffic Update
I don’t have Google analytics setup for this blog. I already think Google knows way too much of me and this blog, don’t need to give them even more information. Therefore I use the AWStats data to figure out if you guys like this blog (or not), and if so, which posts are the most appreciated. The amount of comments you guys leave give some indication, but I really cannot find a connection between comments and the type of post/content. If you can leave a comment on what you particularly like, and what not, that would be appreciated 😉
However, I made my life difficult and changed the site in early May to have a secure SSL (https://) connection. This screwed up all the pretty graphs in terms of blog traffic. Therefore the two graphs below:
- Graph 1 show traffic via non-secured connections up to May 2017
- Graph 2 shows traffic via a secured connection from May 2017
June 2017 was the first full month of having he secured connection up.
Based on the YTD summaries, see below for the blog traffic for non-secured and secured connections (up to July 10, 2017):
Considering summer is here, and people (rightfully so) spend more time outside, it looks like we will be hovering around the 35.000-40.000 page views per month. We probably will be having about 4.500-5.500 unique visitors per month. Based on the summaries above, we had about 250.000 or so page views in the first half of this year. Not half bad, but certainly not spectacular either! Various established bloggers pull this in per month.
However, I realize I’m already writing for a niche public (Dutch FIRE) in a niche community (Personal Finance). But my analytical way of thinking (and writing) is not for everyone (you may call it boring/factual). What you also won’t find here is tips of saving money or how to destroy debt, as these topics are in our nature and we find it “normal” to do this under all circumstances. But it’s those types of posts that attract most readers on various other blogs. The investment side is far more interesting to us!
Considering all of this, I’m pretty happy that I’m not just blogging for myself, but other people actually “enjoy” our posts and find them helpful. The personal feedback during the last FIRE meet up was than also priceless!
What You Liked
Based on combined numbers for secured and non-secured sites, the following posts were most popular in terms of page views:
- April 2016 Dividend Update – 3719 views – still no idea why an April 2016 post is viewed most…. probably bots (albeit most page views/visits should have been removed from the log files by the AWStats reporting)
- December 2015 Dividend Update – 1236 views – another one of these relic articles….
- Amber Tree Leave Running Challenge – 1051 views – still running….
- Loser – 740 views – still frustrated 😉
Posts We Liked
The following posts we liked best, simply because of the new insights they gave or the clarity it brought in terms of “peace of mind”:
- The 5 year plan – 531 views
- The optimum amount of equity in your house – 337 views
- The May 2017 Exercise challenge final update – 259 views
- The perfect heist – 251 views
What about you, what did you like best personally and why? What topic would you like to see covered?