Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Google Analytics: or, what the crap?

A few months ago I signed up for Google Analytics to monitor this weblog and see how many people visit, when, from where, what they read, etc. I don't plan on marketing this or tailoring blog posts to people's interests nor incorporating in banners or ads. I was mostly just curious who read the site and how many people read it.

I believe people read this site. At least, I like to think they do. I'd probably still write posts even if no one did read it, but I like to think that what I write is read by someone and that perhaps they enjoy it.

For awhile, Google Analytics was nice; it showed me that people in Europe found my blog quite interesting and that I averaged about 15-20 visitors per day. I felt good about that.

When I checked it yesterday, I saw this:
That line is the number of visitors per day. According to this, on July 1st every single person stopped visiting my site. During the entire month of July, only one person visited the site and that was on July 12th. My site was void of all life and visitors during the month of July.

Somehow, I killed my readership.

I don't think this is true. The fact that people have left comments on posts I've made in July is evidence of that. Still, I can't help but wonder what happened that caused Google to stop registering any visitors.

EDIT: I hope I figured it out. When I changed templates (which I believe I did around the first of the month) it removed the html script that sent data to Google Analytics. Analytics never realized that the code was no longer present and assumed that the lack of incoming data was due to no visitors.

At least, I hope that was it. I'll find out over the next few days.

I've also setup my other blog, 'Essays', with Analytics, so if that one starts registering and this one doesn't then I'll really know something is up.

2 comments:

Nick said...

Well if I'm reading if that counts for anything.

Could you post your Xanga blog link so I could read that piece you wrote?

Gismya said...

Something is wrong, I read every post you make - the blog is in my RSS reader :)