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Mysteries of blogging

This is basically navel-gazing, but I guess that's what I do.

So on Monday I got something I've long coveted: a link to my film blog from one of my favorite film bloggers. I think this is the first time I've actually sent a direct link to one of my blog posts to a favorite blogger, although when I comment on other film blogs, I always give the URL to my site as part of my signature. I don't know whether anyone has ever followed one of those signature links, but I always figured an actual link by another blogger would mean more to a casual reader.

So Google Analytics tells me I've had exactly six people arrive at my site via dvdtalk.com, where this link was posted. Meanwhile on Wednesday I had the biggest spike of visitors I've ever had: 224. Another 74 visited the next day. (Typically I get somewhere between 20 and 40 visitors in a single day. I think 79 was my previous daily high.) Almost all of these visitors looked at my post about Madam Satan. Google Analytics tells me that most of this traffic came via Facebook, although it doesn't tell me whose Facebook in particular. Probably somebody found the post via Google and then posted a link to Facebook.

The only point, really, is that I'm amused that the coveted link has done less to drive traffic to my site than a random Google search. For the most part the biggest spikes in interest in a specific post have been for current or contemporary films, often right after the DVD is released, but there's always a low level interest in the posts about older films like Madam Satan. This is the first time interest in an older film has gone through the roof. Granted that my roof is pretty low!

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holyoutlaw
Aug. 5th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the link! I know I'd be flattered at that.

I'll probably look at my Google analytics at some point, but would find them disheartening now.
randy_byers
Aug. 5th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Since I get very few comments, Google Analytics is about the only way I can tell that anybody's looking at my site.
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