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Monday, June 9, 2008

Mommy Learned Something New!

My good friend Pam (check out her blog Whatevs . . . under my fave links, she is awesome and is an IRONMAN!) found out that I had created a blog through something called Google Analytics.

Pam moved out of state a few months ago and we miss her dearly, but she is about to become an auntie at any second, and is planning a trip home to meet her new niece or nephew (my money's on nephew).

I had tried to email her to let her know I'd finally started a blog, but the emails kept getting rejected. I think Hotmail thought I was sending spam. I think Hotmail should read my blog!

Anyways, last week I opened my email to find a comment from Pam asking me how it is that she learned of my blog through Google Analytics and not me?!?

Google Analytics, Pam? What's that? Pam says she'll tell me all about it when she's home to meet said baby.

But we all know me. I can't wait that long. I'm curious.

I Google "Google Analytics" (chuckle, somehow I find that humorous).

I follow the steps.

I assume I've done something wrong because although it says it's gathering data, it has no reports for me.

Until just now when I went back to the page I bookmarked. All of a sudden there was a plethora of information!

I'm guessing GA (as I'll call it) tallies its info over a month-long period. Apparently mine started 3 days ago.

I don't understand much of what I'm reading, but from the looks of it, GA could be lots of fun! I can see where readers are coming from. I can see what posts were most frequently viewed.

There's a lot of stuff I don't understand.

100% bounce? Pam (or anyone else), you'll have to explain.

McMommy - shout out to you once again girlfriend! If I'm understanding correctly, the majority of referrals to my blog are coming straight from you! I just love playing POW!

I'm glad I named my blog so aptly. I still have so much to learn . . . I'm in amazement of all the super cool things that are available to us bloggers (yep, this is the second time I've dared call myself a blogger - if I keep saying it, maybe I'll believe it).

Now, if you're reading this post, please please please leave me a comment - I want to see the results on my GA reports! I can't guarantee that I'll understand what it all means, but your comments make me oh so happy :)

Seriously, if I haven't said it enough, I do a little happy dance every time I get a comment in my inbox. Yep, I'm a dork, but I'm just so excited to have an audience here!

Now if I could figure out how to make a cool signature . . . seasoned bloggers, feel free to chime in at any time!

**Edited to add: Pam, I hear that things are moving right along and you should be an Auntie very soon. I hope I'll get to see you this weekend!!!

11 Fabulous Replies:

Pam said...

I am not sure what "bounce rate" means either. I will ask dan, he knows everything. He's on vaca now without cel reception...
WARNING: Google analytics can be ADDICTIVE. And you will find weird stuff...people have found my blog by googling the RANDOMEST stuff. The best though is when I see they found it by searching "pam sinel." So gratifying that I am not the only person googling "pam sinel." I am only half joking. Can't wait to see you!!!

Dana said...

Hey, thanks for posting about this, now I must check it out.

I totally do the happy dance too.

Jayme said...

I love reading the happiness in your blogs! MH stories are great too!

Allison R said...

I am now curious and will be heading over to Google to find out more about GA. thanks!

The Walsh's said...

NEATO! I use feedburner for the same sort of thing. Maybe bounce rate means how often people leave your blog using one of the links on your blog? 100% - that seems like perfection to me. Whatever it is, you're good at it...Bouncer. That's your new nickname. Like it? :)

McMommy said...

Honey, YOU are teaching ME something now!!! I use feedburner...will def. have to check out Google Analytics!

p.s. I still do happy dances every time I see a new comment in my inbox!!! You are SO not alone!!!

Leah said...

landed here from mcmommy tonight! (from raleigh nc suburbs)... thanks for the info!! :) i must go check it out. :)

Lipstick said...

you inspired me with the Google Analytics! I heard about it and was too tech-intimidated to try. Now I'm following your lead. BTW, love your blog and I tag you!

Rae said...

I've checked out GA and found out that I'm not smart enough to figure it out. I'll have to ask DK to help me. Thanks for the info. I hope I can figure it out!

McMommy said...

Hi, it's me....just stopping by to say Happy POW!

Mamasphere said...

I use Google Analytics, Site Meter and Stat Counter. I'm a bit obsessive like that. But GA is still my favorite!