Photo Blogs and Statistics
I have moved my photo galleries to Smugmug, and I would welcome visits and comments. www.rakmilphotography.com
When I moved my photos to Smugmug from WordPress.com, my statistics appeared to increase a 100 fold, except they didn’t.
Google Analytics counts everything, country, city, time on page, etc. It compares visits versus views, what browser was used and the language on the browser. There are smart phone apps that simplify Google Analytics.
Some sites send email notices when you are visited, and urge you to visit the most popular posts of the person who visited you. This has the effect of taking early postings and making them ever more popular posts at the exclusion of newer posts. Most people do not know this and just look at those and not the rest of your site. It would be better if they sent out messages containing your latest posts. In other words, most systems have flaws.
While knowing the details of your Web traffic analysis helps businesses target their efforts, what does it mean for people like me with a photo blog?
Having been obsessed with statistics, I had to ask why they mattered to me. The answer I think is that as amateurs, artists, practitioners and professionals we want our efforts to be seen, as much for the under-rated ego boost that results, as for the fact that something we have put our talent and effort into is the lesser for being locked on a disk drive.
Hope this helps!