Blog series on stats is starting

Well, I decided to take last year's Google Analytics data and start unpacking it on the web. My experience might be interesting for those of you who are trying to figure out strategies to find readers.


http://online-novel-blog.blogspot.com/2013/01/2012-advertising-on-webfiction-sites-by.html


Second post about using "Social"/"Network" feature in Analytics is at http://online-novel-blog.blogspot.com/2013/01/by-numbers-social-networks-experiment.html#more .


UBer - While I was playing around with "Visitor FLow" under the Networks category, I saw that "Visitor Flow" is also available at the top level for Analytics (so a general evaluation of flow). I was thinking back to your conundrum with seeing where people were clicking around and was thinking this might help you sort out behavior on your site. I'd be interested to see if you were able to learn anything from the diagrams Analytics offers.


I just wanted to mention I'm reading these posts with interest, SgL, though I haven't had anything to say about them. :)


I too am reading with interest. :) Actually, I read the entire blog with interest.


Cool - no worries about commenting. Blogger gives stats on visits and I could tell the last post seemed to really appeal to folks.


Regarding that last blog on traffic from fiction sites, I wish I had looked at this more carefully last year. I had no idea that Suz had been linking to my story for some time and also sharing traffic. That was really kind of her (and it motivated me to restructure my links page).


Random note --

I kind of wish though we had a few more sites still up and running that tried to dissect /analyze traffic-reader behavior,etc.


That said, while going through the backlog on Goodreads, found another author who posted her stats for her fiction: http://disruptednarrative.co.nz/wordpress/tag/statistics/


Interesting stuff to read.


For a while, I felt like talking about stats was taboo, like talking about the amount you earn when in a professional setting. I'm seeing people be more open about it now, though, and I like that.


Thanks for the "Visitor Flow" tip. Based on that it looks like my fiction gets about 5% of my total site traffic. Hmph. :)


Wildbow: I do think discussing stats can be tricky. If you are going to be counting on ad revenue in the future, past data might be one of those things that could bite a host, specifically if your future strategy is all going to be about "sponsored linking" like Penny Arcade currently does. (SO I wouldn't reveal too much if you're going to be ina position of negotiating in the future.)


Ironically,Project Wonderful already kind of forces some transparency. I hope people are aware that even if it is off a bit here and there, having an ad on a site still speaks a lot about a site's stats. (And people like me are there, looking at it with great interest.)


For me - the data sharing serves a purpose of painting or trying to paint the broad picture of online fiction. Right now I think the new folks entering this platform (like those with Jukepop) are a bit too optimistic about readership. I feel badly because I feel that this leads to discouragement, more dropouts, and a worse picture for online fiction overall.


If possible, having a few case studies out there might help reset expectations and help people be more thoughtful on how/where they promote.


Uber: sometimes this has a lot to do with layout and what your primary promotion is about. it's hard to say... but glad that tip proved interesting!


Update: TE Waters posts contrasts b/w Wattpad, Fictionpress, and on the life of a complete, featured story on Wattpad.


http://online-novel-blog.blogspot.com/2013/01/wordpress-wattpad-and-fictionpress.html