I’m not normally keen on blog statistics, and try to avoid looking at them for the most part. They can offer some fascinating information, though. This posts is going to focus on the “Referrers” section of your stats, i.e. sites where people click on a link to go visit your site. I’m not going to talk about numbers per se, but rather the odd and assorted ways that people have arrived at my blog over the last 3 months.
Most people arrive at my site from WordPress. Pinterest is #2, and the pin that sent the most people to my site from Pinterest was one for a post on ultra-rapid cycling bipolar, which surprised me since there was nothing particularly remarkable about the pin. On the other hand, more elaborate pins that I’ve put more effort into have accomplished nada.
Next in referral traffic number comes search engines, including some I’d never heard of like Yippy, Health247, and Dogpile (what the heck kind of search engine name is that?). Google and Bing are about equal in numbers, which surprised me, because I didn’t realize that anyone actually uses Bing. The #3 search engine is Yahoo – again, I didn’t realize people still used that.
Google searches have come from an assortment of domain suffixes; some of them I recognize what country they signify, while others I’m not sure. Some examples: .ro (Romania?), .ch (Switzerland?), .dk (Denmark?), .co.za (taking a real shot in the dark here – Zambia?), .my (another shot in the dark – Myanmar?), .se (?), and .sg (?).
Next up is Blogarama. This puzzles me, because people can already read the posts on Blogarama. Why bother clicking through to my site?
Eleven people visited from Tumblr. How that happened, I don’t know. I’ve certainly never posted anything to Tumblr so I don’t know why there would be a link to my site hanging out over there. There were 8 people that came from Instagram, which was before I started an account a few days ago, so not sure how that happened. That pales in comparison to the 79 I got from Facebook, which I don’t have an account on.
Three people arrived at my site from a Blackboard course site. One person came from this site, which sounds rather cool yet creepy at the same time: https://commandcenter.edelmanintelligence.com/app/login.
For a few more interesting stats, we turn now to readers by country. I’ve had 5 visitors from Mongolia, 4 from Uzbekistan, 8 from Myanmar, 4 from Zambia, 39 from Nepal, and 1 from Papua New Guinea. What a delightful international hodgepodge.
And some of the interesting searches that led people to my blog:
- “autism doesnt exist and can be easily diagnose within childhood”
- “why the american psychiatric association hates the cptsd diagnosis”
- “i suspect someone of having ptsd but they will not acknowledge this as an issue, what can i do?”
- “mse [mental status exam] for someone who is lying and minimizing”
- “stigma is all about communicating effectively”
- “why funding for mental health care ?”
Are there any strange and unexpected tidbits that turn up in your blog stats?
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