Stat What?

I am mesmerized by stats.  No, not in the “it’s the only thing that matters” or defines me kind of way, but I have always been a numbers geek (a degree in Accounting will do that to a person).  I excel at Excel and charts and graphs make me giddy.

LOL... How I Met Your Mother
LOL… How I Met Your Mother

So from time to time I spend some moments looking at the various analytics both WordPress and Google provide.  I find this fun (just me? ok, then…) but also necessary as a blogger as well as interesting, and sometimes downright comical.

These are the Top 10 sites that refer traffic to me (in order of #):  

  1. Facebook.  As annoying as the FB Page algorithms have become, this stands to reason.  I belong to a few Facebook groups that have daily link love posts where you share your blog posts.
  2. Google search.  More later about the most searched terms.  But for someone who knows nothing about SEO, I’m impressed by this being so high!
  3. Twitter.  When I first started blogging, I didn’t understand Twitter. Now, I love it and use it often to share and engage with others.  It’s probably my favorite social media platform.
  4. Bloglovin.  Thanks for subscribing peeps!
  5. Refinery29.com:  you remember that little online mention?
  6. PittsburghMarathon.com:  as a result of being a Run Home Blogger!  Thanks for visiting!!!
  7. Eat Pray Run, DC.  Yes my BRF sends me a lot of traffic – thanks, girl
  8. Inlinks.  This is the site we use for our weekly linkups.
  9. You Signed Up for What?!  My second fellow DC Trifecta buddy, thanks, girl!
  10. Active Life DC.  Another site where I’ve been featured (here and here) and continue to receive traffic from.

You saw Google search was #2 on the traffic list and the most searched for term to get here is simply “Mar on THE Run” (though many like to type “teh” haha, whatever works autocorrect!)

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puzzled? me too, Google, me too…

 However, I do see some funny or just plain random searches:

  • funny things to post on instagram (this is a big one and I can’t figure out why…)
  • take a break to sleep (bloggers note: LOL!)
  • marine marathon route water fountains handles taken off is on shutdown list (one of my favorites!)
  • Yancey Thigpen gets married (because of this perhaps?)
  • dirty your ecards (bloggers note 2: LOL!!)
  • pedicure ticklish
  • it’s going down I’m yelling Timber (well, yeah…)
  • And this one isn’t funny but it totally melts my heart someone found my blog this way:  “inspirational marathon friendships” AWWW!

Spam.  I use the Askimet plugin to catch and rid my site of SPAM comments.  I will occasionally go through them before they are permanently deleted for 2 reasons.  One is in case any real comments get caught and two, because some of the comments are simply high comedy:  SPAM

  • “I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already   Cheers!” (wow, famous?! *blushing!*)
  • I have not checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist.  You deserve it friend!” (umm, thanks?)
  • “The very next time I read a blog, hopefully it won’t fail me as much as this particular one.  I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, but I genuinely thought you’d have  something helpful to say.  All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something that you could fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.” (ouch!! this would hurt if it wasn’t attached to a fake Louis Vuitton website and spam email address, lol)
  • It’s ɑ shame уоu don’t have a donate button!  ӏ’d mοst certaіnly donate tto thіs outstancing blog!  Ӏ suppose for now i’ll settle fоr bookmarking аոd adding ƴoսr RSS feed to my Google account. Ӏ look forward to fresh updates andd աill talk aboսt this blog witҺ my Facebook ǥroup.   Talk ѕoon!” (hmm, donations – never thought of that! and sooo many typos) ha!

Where’s everybody from?! My visitors come from all states and countries but these are the Top 5 places:  DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

Ok, thanks for letting me get my geek on.  And thanks for all the blog love 🙂  Happy Wednesday!!

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24 Comments

    1. Pinterest is my #1 – like 50% of traffic, followed by Google searches, then Twitter and everything else kind of falls below. I give up on FB. lol

      Ha ha. I get those same exact spam comments. The fake negative ones are the ones that really crack me up.

      Great post
      – Lea
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      1. I just haven’t been able to get myself attached to Pinterest. Notice it didn’t even register in the top 10!!! ugh, I try and maybe I’ll get the hang of it someday.

        yeah, the fake negative ones are a HOOT!

    1. I love looking at stats; it is pretty dorky of me, but true! I do wish facebook hadn’t made so many changes, though. I love the google searches that lead you to your site! “Lora Yoga” and “Daily Southern Sunshine” are obviously top ones for me…but I have a ton of people who search for “is it good luck when a bird poops on you?” and end up back at my site. LOL! And oh spam spam spam….
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      1. if you’re a dork, so am I! love looking at stats. you learn so much 🙂 and the bird poop thing is hilarious.

      1. oh this was a rainy day adventure for me which is why it turned into a blog post. so funny! I had one that was a story about sea shells which is pure GOLD but it was too long to post. lol.

    1. Haha spam comments…Also where were you last semester when I was struggling through my graduate stats course Ahhh!! haha The more I get to know you the more I realize I need you in my real life 😀
      Kels recently posted…A High Five Kinda LifeMy Profile

    1. I love checking this stuff too, although I quit reading the spam comments, I just empty them now.
      Have you ever searched what people searched to find you? I did that, and after SEVERAL page searches, I gave up looking for my blog. Very bizarre.
      Kristy recently posted…Race Recap: 2014 Go! St. Louis Half MarathonMy Profile

      1. My spam empties after a few days but I managed to save a few I thought were funny.

        I don’t think I have ever searched for the terms actually. New idea!! 😉

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