business / tech tips for writers

How to find stats for your blog

I don’t pay much attention to these except in passing. I’ll notice that I’m getting about the same number of viewers or that a post has climbed to the top of my most-commented-on list. Let’s say, if I spend ten minutes a week on this, I’d be exaggerating.

But, it’s nice to know where I can look for quantitative feedback. One of my wonderful readers, Jill Weatherholt, asked where I found them. I don’t use anything beyond what WordPress offers. There are fancier options (like through Google) but this gives me everything I want. To that end, here’s where I found the stats I posted as a summary of my 2017:

First: Access the backend of your WordPress blog:

Replace ‘worddreams‘ with your login name. Once you enter your password, that gets you to the old version of WordPress with all these gorgeous stats. Click ‘Stats in the left sidebar:

Once it loads the ‘Site Stats’ (which takes way too long sometimes), it’ll look like this:

Then, click on each category you’d like:

Then, select ‘Year’ for 2017 statistics:

BTW, I used the free screenshot add-on called Nimbus to take these web-based images because it has a nice feature that allows quick blurring of anything you don’t want to show. I use it often for faces.

More Tech Tips for Writers:

Why Use Airplane Mode?

Editing is Easier When It’s Done Digitally

What the Heck Does ‘Print Screen’ Do?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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57 thoughts on “How to find stats for your blog

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  2. I’m on Blogger, so I can’t use this trick — yet. I’m thinking about moving to WordPress when I finally become an author so that I have more control over the webpages. Of course, there’s about ten thousand other things I plan to do once my book comes out, so we’ll see which things happen and which don’t. 🙂

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  3. I don’t pay attention to stats like I used to. It’s interesting data, but I don’t think it tells me what I’d like to know about my blog. Comments are still my favorite resource for getting some kind of feedback.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  4. After 5.5 years, I rarely check my stats anymore, but they are helpful in locating the best times for the writer to publish their posts. It’s good for bloggers to see their own stats and self-evaluate their agendas.

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  5. Jacqui…are you blinded by the massive lightbulb flashing above my head!? 😀😀 Now I get it and can’t wait to have fun scouting around my stats in detail! Thanks for the tip about Nimbus…you taught me to do a screen shot on Mac but this sounds useful for hiding certain elements of a pic. Happy Weekend!

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