How to Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Google Analytics

By: | January 22, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/heikoress/

 

 

Do you want to get on the front page of Google, so when potential readers search your blog topic, they can find you?  Did you hear you should increase your blog traffic, so that you can get on the front page of Google?  This post is not going to tell you how to do that.  This post is going to tell you the opposite.

Keep reading and you will learn how to use Google to increase your blog traffic.  Can you get to the front page of Google before you increase your blog traffic?  Absolutely, I did, and this post will tell you how you can too.

Install Google Analytics

I met a nice woman, a blogging friend, who seems like she has a successful blog, so I asked her to critique mine.  To my delight, she was complimentary.  However, she recommended using Google Analytics.  Knowing I am not even remotely tech. savvy, I ignored her, content enough with her compliments.

Then I made another blogging friend.  He seemed so successful, he never needed to promote his blog links or use Mail Chimp. He also suggested I install Google Analytics.

He was kind enough to help me and walked me through it on the phone.  He also instructed me how to install Bing Analytics.  I figured I’d wake up the next morning with so much traffic I would think I was still dreaming.

Nothing changed.  When I called to ask, “What gives?” he explained it would take Google a month to find me.  It took only two weeks.

When you look at your WordPress stats, links show up so you know how people find you.  WordPress tells me what topics people search to find me on Google and other search engines.  One week after I spoke with him, my site name started working in my favor.  People typed in “Reflections on Christmas,” and found my Christmas posts, for example.

Me on Google

The arrow is pointing at my post and my photo on the front page of Google. My post about how to save time came up under a search for “Time-Saving Tips”.

About a week ago, people started finding me on Google without typing in the word “Reflections”.  For instance, someone typed in time-saving tips and found my post 17 Time-Saving Tips for People Who Are Rushed.

My husband didn’t believe it.  He saved screen shots of me, me on the first page of Google.  He treated me like a celeb whose picture got on the first page of the newspaper.  You can get on the first page of Google too if you follow this blogging advice.  The best part, Google Analytics is free.

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Readers, what experiences with Google Analytics or Bing Analytics do you have?  I look forward to your views.

 

 

 

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thanks for writing me. It should be easy it you’re tech. savvy. I wasn’t, so I needed help.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      Were you aware when you read the post that you were the “woman” that I was referring to?
      Janice

  1. Snarky Momma With (

    Good job. Congratulations. But you were showing up with the Michael Brown write ups also. I thought you knew that

  2. Simple Hacks Living

    I have not heard of Bing Analytics. I will have to look them up!

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for reading what I wrote and writing me. It’s under “Tools” using WordPress.

  3. JoAnn Chateau

    I’ve thought of doing this… but how would you embed a Google Analytics tracking code in WordPress.Com site?

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thanks for writing. In a few days the man who explained it to me will be guest posting on my site and elaborating further on analytics. Stay tuned.

  5. Home Jobs by MOM (

    I have analytics but how does it help other people find you. I’m confused.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      I’ve asked the man who explained it to me and walked me through it to write a guest post on my site explaining it, and he agreed! The post should be coming out in a few days since he said his Internet is currently down. Stay tuned!
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  6. Michelle Cruz Rosado

    Great post. I have used Google Analytics for years and have it to be a great tool for getting your website and/or blogs not only on the first page of Google, but in the first slot. Awesome! #HomeMattersParty

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’ll look forward to ascending to the top of the first page =). Thanks for reading what I wrote and writing me.
      Janice

  7. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    Thanks for this. I am quite new to blogging and the whole thing is baffling. I’ve read a few posts today and they are all so helpful. I look forward to seeing the forthcoming post with the step-by-step guide.

  8. Lysa

    Another great post about increasing your traffic. I have been using Google Analytics for awhile now and remember the first time I found myself on the first page of Google. It does make you feel pretty important. Thanks for sharing.

    xx
    Lysa

  9. Bonnie

    This is awesome information! Thanks for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week. We hope you will link up again next Friday.
    ~Bonnie

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  12. lindasblogs

    So much to learn, I feel like I’ll never be bored. Thanks for the info.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Linda,
      How is New York? It’s raining here.
      Anyway, a friend (the same man who told me how to do it in the first place) sent me an article clarifying it. He is not able to guest post about it after all. I plan on reading it and summarizing it in a post myself. First, though I’ve got to grade some papers =). Thanks for writing. Stay warm over there.
      Janice

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  16. ajay kumar

    this is simply amazing post, this trick has increased my pageviews by 10%, came back to comment here with my happiness

    • Janice Wald

      Dear Ajay,
      That was very thoughtful of you to come by to tell me. I actually have SEO posts on my site all the time. I encourage you to subscribe so they go to your inbox.
      Janice

  17. Anonymous

    This is an eye-opener!..Thank you so much for this tip.Can I install Google analytics regardless of the plan I use?..or do I have to upgrade to a premium plan.

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