I am always curious as to where my blog visitors (that means you) come from. (Actually my first question, rightly or wrongly, is how many hits my blog got…yes, I do take it personally.) When I say I wonder where you come from, I don’t mean geographically—though I find it amazing that I get hits from places I probably will never visit, yet now feel a connection with, such as Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pune, Maharashtra, India; Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia and Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
No, I mean I wonder what site you were on that led you to me, or what search terms you entered or if you went directly to my blog. Statcounter is software, free and paid versions, that provides those facts, along with more information than you can shake an internet address at, including Popular Pages, Entry Pages, Visitor Paths, Recent Visitor Activity, Recent Visitor Map and Keyword Analysis. (How else would I know that over 22% of my visitors found me on www.google.co.in?)
Though these facts are fun and even useful in the right hands, what I enjoy most is visiting the referring URL to see what kind of sites choose to visit me. Which is how I discovered designlicks and the coolhunter.
Each is well worth a visit, but knowing you as well as I do, you may not get around to it for a while. So here’s a sample of the kind of stuff that awaits you.
It is always valuable to find out as much as you can about your “customers.” You may be surprised to discover where they are coming from, how they heard about you and why they selected you. And the kicker is that the more you learn about them, the more you can learn from them.
Get the idea?