WORDPRESS BLOG STATS ARE BOOMING
WordPress has some great messages. They are very encouraging.
My favorite is:
Your stats are booming! chrismcmullen is getting lots of traffic.
Your blog, chrismcmullen, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 103 hourly views – 29 hourly views on average.
A spike in your stats.
It would be cool if Amazon KDP did that for self-published authors. Just imagine logging into KDP and seeing one of these messages:
- Congratulations! You just sold your 100th book.
- Way to go! You just received your 10th customer review.
- That’s a new record. 1000 pages read today.
It would make self-publishing even more engaging. It would help motivate you to keep up the good work.
In an industry where negativity is difficult to avoid, it would help authors remain a little more positive.
Amazon has an opportunity here, if only they would learn from WordPress’s fine example.
I love blogging. I enjoy the positive messages that I receive from WordPress.
1000 BLOG VIEWS PER DAY
Those booming stats—100 views per hour (temporarily)—helped me reach a new milestone.
Today, for the first time, I had over 1000 views in a single day.
I’ve been averaging around 500 views per day recently. It has steadily grown and continues to steadily grow.
My previous best had been a little under 900, and that was when I had the amazing good fortune for Amazon KDP to link to one of my posts on Twitter and Facebook. That was over 6 months ago. It’s taken half a year to equal that feat on my own.
I had been averaging around 300 views per day back then, so 900 was nearly triple the norm.
For several months prior to that, my best had been 432. Those 432 views came when WordPress selected my poem of clichés, Once Upon a Time, to be Freshly Pressed.
The great thing about my new best, exceeding 1000 views, is that this time hundreds of views didn’t come from a single source.
This marks my 7th consecutive day of at least 700 views, so it comes with some consistency, rather than one oddball day. The last two days were both very close to 900.
WHERE DOES YOUR BLOG TRAFFIC COME FROM?
Another great thing about WordPress is that you can see where your views are coming from.
Knowledge is power, right? WordPress gives us a lot of that knowledge. I use that data to help blog more effectively.
Again, Amazon could learn something from WordPress. If Amazon KDP gave us more data regarding book traffic, conversion rates, etc. (obviously, without giving so much as to sacrifice customer privacy), we could use that information to sell more books. (I betcha Amazon would like for us to all sell more books. Whatcha think?)
The number I see here is this: 594 views came from search engines. In a typical day, 400 people discover my blog through search engines who previously didn’t know anything about me (or my books). My blog started out very slow, just like everyone else. My blog is still young, too. I meet many other WordPress bloggers whose stats are far more impressive than mine are. (And they are such good sports that they will congratulate me in the comments section when they themselves are averaging hundreds more views per day than I am. It’s an amazing community.)
Another thing I notice is that 164 views originated from Facebook, but only 1 came from Twitter. (What do all those retweets tell you?)
The person who linked to my blog from Kindle Boards: Thank you very much. I appreciate it. (While only 5 visited my blog from that link today, there were many more than that from Kindle Boards yesterday.)
Just imagine if Amazon told you that 150 of your views came from Facebook, 50 came from Twitter, and 600 came from BookBub (while you had 200 sales). We could learn so much if we didn’t sell in ignorance…
Don’t get me wrong. Amazon is amazing. I love Amazon. (Seriously, I wrote a love letter to Amazon and published it on my blog.)
Amazon has done many amazing things for authors, including indie authors.
So why not ask for a few more favors? Seems like a win-win situation…
Several views also came from my WordPress followers. Somehow I have over 6000 amazing followers.
Many of my daily views come from one very generous and courteous follower, Chris the Story Reading Ape. The Story Reading Ape is an incredible supporter of readers and authors alike. I very often get the second most referrals directly from the Story Reading Ape’s blog. Thank you very much, Chris the Story Reading Ape. 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has viewed my blog, and a double thank you to those who have ever liked, reblogged, retweeted, or otherwise shared any of my posts. I greatly appreciate it.
At WordPress, you can even see literally where you blog traffic comes from:
WORDPRESS BLOGGING TIPS
If I can do it, so can you.
See this post for 21 blogging tips.
ONE MORE REASON I LOVE AMAZON KDP
As you may know (if you follow my blog, how can you not know it?), Amazon KDP recently changed its policy to pay KDP Select authors for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime borrows based on the number of pages read.
This is the reason that I just had 1044 views of my blog.
The change in Kindle Unlimited policy is a new and hot topic.
I’ve been blogging about it since the change was announced.
I’ve also blogged about Kindle Unlimited and related topics several times in the past, so I already had search engine traffic under similar tags and categories.
But ultimately, content is king. Write quality content that your target audience will enjoy (and which you will enjoy writing about).
Write happy, be happy. 🙂
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Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers
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- Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
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Congratulations! That is very well deserved. Your blog has so much valuable content that it was a matter of time until it boomed. I predict it will only keep on growing.
Thank you. 🙂 Crossing my fingers.
Chris, your blog is incredible! So much great well-written information. Congratulations on your mind-boggling stats! Christine
Thank you for the kind words, Christine. 🙂
Congrats!! You’re my go-to guy.
Thank you. That’s a cool comment. 🙂
Very nice, congratulations.
Thank you. 🙂
Chris, congratulations on your 1000 views! That’s fantastic! I love WordPress’ encouraging comments too. Maybe Amazon will take hint??
Thank you. We can hope. 🙂
Okay I CANNOT make sense of the new stat page. I’m not seeing that graph in the picture, or the terms people are using to find my site. I am so confused. I want the old page back 😦
I love the old page, too. Do you see the grid with the squares? If so, look above that where it says Insights Days Weeks etc. Try clicking on Days. Otherwise, scroll down to the bottom and click the link about more recent stats.
Those stats notifications can really be a very good motivator 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
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It’s a great feeling. Thank you for the reblog. 🙂
Write happy, be happy! Congratulations, sir!
Thank you. 🙂 Blog happy, too.
Another great post.
Thank you. 🙂
Congratulations on your 1000 views day – how fantastic! I’ve yet to break 200 views in a day but I remember a time when I was excited to break 20 🙂 And I agree, how great it would be if we could get similar feedback and statistics from Amazon – I find my Kindle reports to be so basic. I’ve tried clicking different things but I just seem to get the same basic info shown five different ways. As you say, more detailed feedback would help us to market our books more effectively. Great post!
Thank you. 🙂 Blogging seems to keep on accelerating, so you may find the trip from 200 to 1000 not too different than going from 20 to 200. May you get there soon.
Thanks Chris 🙂
Brilliant post….thanks J
Thank you & you’re welcome. 🙂
Woo hoo – congrats! I bet I know who’s behind those 7 hits from Greece 😀
WordPress has a great use of gamefication ideas. You’re right that Amazon should do the same!
I had many more views from Greece just recently. Thank you. 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS – and THANK YOU for the accolade 😀
Thank you, Chris, and you’re welcome. The accolades need to snowball for a while to build up to the level that you deserve. 🙂
First timer here courtesy of Abyss’ plug. You’re obviously doing something right. Congrats … and wishing you continued success.
Thank you, and welcome to my blog. I love Abyss’ math blog. 🙂
I don’t know why you are so surprised. You write amazing, useful, timely content frequently – of course you get the views. I don’t know how many of your posts I have bookmarked, but it’s a lot.
Thank you for the kind words, Alicia. I appreciate them. 🙂
Congrats. A big achievement indeed. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Congratulations, Chris, and well done! I hope one day I can make a similar claim. This is well deserved success, enjoy it!
Thank you. Surely you will get there. Good luck. 🙂
I never get more than 50 views a day!
1000 views 😀 Now that’s something!
When I reached 50, I was really excited, and thought I would never reach 1000, but they keep on growing and may even accelerate. Thank you and good luck with your blog. 🙂
Thanks for the encouraging comment! 🙂 ❤