That is an excellent question that I asked myself and then scribbled down on a piece of paper, which I finally have gone and looked at.
The best tool that I have access to this type of data is Google Analytics (which is now hooked in with my Adsense account). Google Analytics gives lots of interesting info about your site and my only problem is that I don’t reference it enough to figure out whether changes I am making or things I am trying are actually adding readership or not.
The actual data is as follows:
So what do we learn from this and all the work I have been doing with Social Media?
- Google seems to be giving me the most traffic right now, but I am not sure what Organic means? I assume it might mean searches, but you never know.
- The Canadian Capitalist is my second biggest referral site, which is also not surprising, given the readership numbers that site has.
- Stumbleupon is driving a lot of traffic to my site, but I had noticed that before, so no big surprise there, but nice to see as well.
- The big surprise was that Reddit was a big referral site. Everything I post there gets lost very quick, and inundated with negative comments and rarely has a score above 5, yet it supplies a lot of readers as well, so that is something to think about.
- All the other social media sites create not much interest really.
I now need to ask, am I doing this whole social media thing right? Maybe not, but I have had 1 or 2 posts go “viral” (for me) and get a lot of hits, due to them being well exposed, so maybe that is how it all works?
I am open to any ideas, or theories on this from any of my readers.