Web Statistics Tracking & Analysis for Interested Parties

7 years ago | lifesharpener (Member)

Now I know this isn't a unique thing, I'm pretty sure I've seen lots of similar things on the web. But I've started to track my web visitors and post the results for other authors to see.
(I know that I myself am very interested in the cold hard data that other aspiring web authors have experienced.)

That being said, this is mostly an exercise for myself. I am a firm believer of statistics,("I don't make the stereotypes, I just see them." - Russell Peters) and I want to document/analyse the results well so that I can make decisions accordingly. It's also very interesting, because all of this is so new to me...

I know that there's a lot of sentiment about writing for the love of writing here on webfictionguide.com, but no harm in knowing where you stand in terms of readership, is there? Just a tool, a harmless tool... O_o

\\ Man of Last Millennium Visitor Stats \\

Check it out if you will.

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  1. Tempest (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I have a minor stat addiction. First it was my wordpress stats, readership, visits and views. Then it became my kindle dashboard, sales and borrows. Now it's all of them and goodreads.

    So yeah, the point, is here. Check them, but don't get too caught up in them. Its easy to spend days refreshing and worrying. Trying to read into the patterns that are just on the edge of making sense. Good days will happen, for no reason that you can find. Same with bad days.

    All that said, it is one of the few metrics for success we have access to. Other than donations, of course.

  2. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    When I posted a link to my interview with Wildbow on /r/parahumans, I noticed an interesting similarity between his fanbase and mine: the number of American visitors far outweighs everyone else. On the first day, America came in first, with 628 views. Canada, Wildbow's home country, comes in second with 68 and the UK came in third with 62. Throughout my entire time writing posting, that seems to have been my experience. Is this common?

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
  3. lifesharpener (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    While I don't get as many views as you do, the vast majority of my viewers were from the US as well.

  4. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    It's the same for me. It's pretty common -- that's why Alexa has US and General rankings.

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  5. Tempest (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago



    That is the last year. It doesn't always hold out in the weeks or months, but overall trend is that America, Canada, Australia and the Uk are in top position. America normally beats all the others.

  6. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I track my statistics pretty closely, but I also weight them monthly. I've done in a past career-life, market research statistical analysis, and in the land of webserials, you can pretty safely throw out anything more granular than weekly unless you're doing something special like an advertising campaign or promotion.

    For certain, there's nothing quite like front-page exposure on WFG to get you a big spike.

    Wordpress gives you some useful stats too. A few I recommend paying special attention to:

    1. Your conversion rate going from your first chapter to your second. That tells you how many people are washing out of your story before or at the end of chapter 1.

    2. Your conversion rate going from second chapter to third, and then third to fourth. These, to lesser degrees, are your indicators of people who are going to go on reading. Some folks might give you more than one chapter to make that impression, but most will wash out in the first entry.

    3. Views per visitor. That's a good indication both of spiders crawling your site (common) and binge readers (also common).

    4. Direct hits on whatever your latest chapter is. This tells you how many folks are actively *reading* your webserial, post-to-post, and hanging on your next chapter.

    USA will represent the majority of your readership. Combination of english language fluency, literacy, internet pervasiveness, and leisure time. Canada will present at similar levels but scaled down to the population. England and Ireland to the same dwindling tails. If I take the month of June for example, about 45% of my unique visitors were American, 10% Canadian, 10% United Kingdom, 8% Australia. So that's just shy of 75% of my readership right there.

    Demographics are a sore point for me right now, as I haven't been able to source any firm demographic data. And I'd like to know my audience. Extrapolating from other online media sources: Chances are very good over 70% of your readership is a white person between the ages of 18 and 25. Your genre will strongly skew the gender ratio of your audience. Your average webfiction reader is probably a college kid reading when they should be studying. The majority will be full-time students, with another large demographic chunk being full-time employed at a junior level.

    (If anyone can source firmer figures on reader demographics, I will give you a slice of chocolate cake*.)
    (*: lies)

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  7. DJ Clarke (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    America is my biggest source of views, followed by Canada which is usually well below that, the UK is usually half of Canada, and then it varies but Europe adds up to about the same level as the UK. This month, Austria is rising quickly for some reason.
    But I know why the US is my big one. Most of my audience comes from the Whateley forums, where I'm a contributor, and most of that group is American.

  8. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I have a similar pattern. Typically English speaking countries are at the top(US, UK, Canada, Australia, and sometimes New Zealand). They're often followed by Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. After that... Who knows? I see pageviews from Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore, France, Poland, and Estonia fairly regularly. Sometimes I also see readers from Iceland. It's really weird and really cool.

    But yes, mostly the U.S.

    As for demographics, that's an easy one if you use Google Analytics. You can get part of what Google believes it has on people.

    My readers are 85% male, mostly aged from 18-35 (60+%), and interested in jobs, apartments, school, dating, news, books, anime, RPG's, video games, movies, and to a lesser degree cooking, sports, and photography.

    In short, they sound a bit like me at a similar age.

  9. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    The Wildbow interview for me was an anomaly. For that, I kind of borrowed his fanbase, and only four of them screen sucked their way to my web serial. The next day, my blog dropped down from 1,039 views to 211 to 116 today. That's a massive drop.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
  10. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Whenever stats get posted, all I can do is shake my head a little and say "That still beats me". I verbalize this only partly to be self-deprecating... as a teacher, I note there is a tendency to look at the people above you and think "wow, that's so awesome, I wonder if I'll ever be like that" more so than look back and realize how far you may have already come. Serial-wise, some of it is marketing, an area where I know I fall down, so remember to give yourself credit there. And overall, make sure you're comparing against yourself more than anything.

    As to the thread itself here, the idea of monthly weighting makes sense. And even though I'm in Canada, I also get more views in from the US. (For the month of June, 286 views from the US versus 38 from Canada. Then 6 from Mongolia. Your guess on that last is as good as mine.) The setting of the story may also be an influence - perhaps stories that take place in North America are read more by North Americans? I wonder.

    (For the curious: Ten views in a day is average. I tipped over 100 views in a WEEK twice: During the April Fools' swap, and when Billy Higgins wrote a review in May. Woot.)

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  11. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I appear to have a sizeable fanbase in Singapore for some reason, and I really wish I knew how that came to be. It just suddenly... happened, and now the views from Singapore come 5th on my list of all time views, right after Canada. Views from the UK also skyrocketed lately. Some days, they even out-perform views from the USA. The Brits now come second on my all-time stats, before Australia and Canada. In both cases (Singapore and UK) I suspect some kind of word of mouth avalanche, which is awesome.

    I think my Australian and British characters could be influencing my stats in regards to views from those countries, and I feel really bad about killing all the Australians off. It wasn't planned, I swear! It just happened!

    The last few days stats have been REALLY low overall. I hope it's the holidays. :( Has anyone else noticed a big drop?

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  12. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    While my readership is very small I can still see some of what you do. USA, but in my case followed by Sweden (not my own views). This seems to be rather common for Swedish authors. Swedish people have an uncommonly good understanding of English (given English as a foreign language), which is mirrored in the large section of English original titles in our brick and mortar stores.

    Chrysalis, reads for me here got cut in half starting the last week.

  13. DJ Clarke (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Chrysalis, my stats have remained about the same, but I noticed that a few forums I'm on seem dead, and comments wise a few usual suspects are missing from my story, so I'd guess the holidays do have something to do with it.

  14. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 7 years ago

    If your readers are in the US and your views are down, the Fourth of July is the obvious culprit. As for the question, "Why am I getting so many views from Singapore?" The University of Singapore is fairly large and just the right demographic to read my work and probably yours.

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