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I've done the blog analysis thingy several times now, taken people's advice, swept away features that I was really fond of but others found cluttersome, and I think the result is that what I've got I really like.
I've thought about how and why "traffic" comes to my blog.
If I look at the various analysis tools I have running, particularly the FEEDJIT, what I've learnt is that while I have a number of followers and friends who visit regularly and read most new posts, about half my visitors come as a result of a search for specific content. Sometimes I don't really understand, given what they were searching for, why Google threw them my way. But often they have searched for a particular book or a particular author, and I am just a tram stop on their quest for information.
So in terms of being part of that search train, a critical mass of crime fiction reviews, information about authors etc. is important. The more there is , the more visitors will come.
The interesting thing about the "searching" visitors is that they have been delivered to a specific page on the blog, and often go no further. Sometimes they they look around a little, but not often.
Sitemeter gives me this sort of information:
|Average Per Day||151|
|Average Visit Length||1:58|
Participating in community events such as Weekly Geeks, Sunday Salon and Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books, brings people to your blog, although not a lot of them seem to be crime fiction addicts like me. Hosting events yourself such as the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, the Agatha Christie Blog Tour, and my latest, the Crime Fiction Alphabet Community Meme, will bring visitors too and cement your place in the genre community.
The most solid advice I can give to other bloggers is to make sure that people have something to do when they come to your blog. Run an event, a poll, or a giveaway, or put yourself into the review chain. By the latter I mean, when you write a review give the readers other places to go to add to what they have found out from you. Link to the author's site, or to other reviews of the same book.
So now, off you go back to the Weekly Geeks home page, and see what others have said (You've spent your allocated minute ot two here). Come back some time soon. Oh, by the way, why not leave a comment to let me know what you think of my ramblings?