Blogger Hop: Do I Obsess Over Page Views?

Oct 3, 201856 comments

I am participating for the first time in the Book Blogger Hop hosted by  Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Each week a fellow blogger asks a question and the participants make a post answering the question. The goal is to make new friends and know more about the bloggers who are participating. So let us get with it shall we?


This week’s question was submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and she asks

Do you sneak a peek at the number of views your posts have gotten?


Yes, while I don’t obsess over the numbers, I do check my page views at the least once a week. 

As the data and spreadsheet obsessed nerd that I am, I even note the weekly views and have plotted a graph out of it. And the graph looks good curve these days, you guys. Thanks to all your comments and shares!


To be honest I am not an expert by any chance on Google Analytics, I use it to check the performance of the posts and understand the demographics. Of course what to do about that is something I have to figure out yet.

Another statistics I kinda check weekly is my Alexa rank. Again I have no idea why I even follow that, except that I do.

So what other blog related data do you guys follow? And if you have had figured what to do with these data, please let me know. Something good might turn out of being a nerd even. Let us chat.

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56 Comments

  1. Faizan

    I check my pageviews every day… I like knowing what post is doing goo… And whenever any post views decrease, I update the post, and it again starts getting views…
    I also like to know what page is people leaving fast…

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  2. Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

    Honestly, I don’t think that I have ever checked my stats unless I have to send my stats in email or signing up for anything like blog tour etc. But now, I am thinking that probably I should? I am not sure, let’s see. I guess it would be like some tension for me checking and being obsessive with the numbers 🙁

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    • Gayathri

      I wish I had never started this habit of plotting a graph with my data.

      Reply
  3. Wendy Lemeric

    I do check it especially during days when I’m feeling inspired. lol. But there are times when I couldn’t care less. I will be with you in trying to figure out what to do with the data. best of luck. 😀

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    • Gayathri

      I feel super inspired looking at the numbers as well.

      Reply
  4. Jo Linsdell

    I don’t obsess over my blog stats but I do check them at least a couple of times a week. It helps give me an idea of the type of content that is most popular, and to see what marketing strategies are pulling most traffic to my site.

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    • Gayathri

      Sigh only if I knew what to do with these data… I hate not knowing.

      Reply
      • Jo Linsdell

        The data helps you discover what type of content is most popular with your readers, where your traffic comes from, best times to post etc…

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        • Gayathri

          I understand what the data is about, but I am not sure what to do with it still.

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  5. Vidya Tiru

    to be honest, yes, i do but try to keep it to once a week 🙂 like you..

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    • Gayathri

      Yay! Good for you!

      Reply
  6. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    You have more restraint than me lol. I tend to check mine usually every day. I could never get Google Analytics to work for me and it’s so confusing, so I just stick to WordPress stats. I’ve never heard of the Alexa rank but now I want to check that out too lol.

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    • Gayathri

      Alexa rank is totally weird for me and I won’t pretend that I understand how it works either.

      Reply
  7. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great post I also do the Blogger Hop meme as well, it really is very fun bookish meme to do. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes this is my first time and I loved doing it.

      Reply
  8. Finitha Jose

    I was obsessed with the page views in the beginning. Now I am over it I think

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    • Gayathri

      Exactly. I have reduced obsessing with it as well.

      Reply
  9. Robin Taylor

    I can’t help but to check my statistics. Maybe it the anxiety and OCD. But it is very warding to see constant growth – whether it is my blog, my YT channel, Twitter, or even Instagram. It helps me to know that at least I am heading in the right direction.

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    • Gayathri

      I totally get that. I am not obsessed with the numbers as well, but I still check it out for the growth map, weekly once.

      Reply
  10. Lauren

    i tend to look at mine before i go to bed each day and just see how the days gone and i can usually see which days ive bothered to have tweets scheduled and which days ive done some blog hopping. im also somehow on a monthly page view upwards curve since july now and im really excited by it but also scared because i know this month is gonna drop as im goign away for 2 weeks…

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    • Gayathri

      Seeing a good rise in my curve makes me motivated as well.

      Reply
  11. Kristina

    While we don’t have google analytics on free wordpress, I am very guilty of that too… Though I do not have OCD, I have anxiety, and as thoses are parents I have a “ocd side” where I need to check everything more than once .. posts Ive planned to make sure im good, views/like/comment graph, the spam folder of comments, notifications.. and I do so multiple times a day. even if I already JUST checked xD

    idk, I just like to know people come and visit my blog; and where they stumble on when they do. Sure id feel a little sad on days I had no or few reactons but, not that big of a deal either.

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    • Gayathri

      I understand how bad it could be when there is a fall on the visits. I wish that on no one.

      Reply
  12. Katelynne @ Bitch Bookshelf

    I obsess over them too, even though I don’t get very many. It’s interesting for me to see which social media platforms work best for me and which posts were popular. I use Google Analytics and Jetpack through WordPress!

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    • Gayathri

      I have no clue how to check them out and what to do if and when I do that.

      Reply
  13. Kristine Hall

    Ha! I hadn’t checked my page views in ages but did once I saw the title of your post. I guess my take on it all is that it is what it is. I barely have time to get posts up and promoted, much less actively grow my blog. I enjoyed this post and the comments. Thanks!

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    • Gayathri

      I understand how difficult and overwhelming that can get.

      Reply
  14. Tasha

    Good answers. I like to see that the people I am supporting are supportive of me in return but that is as far as the looking goes. As a relatively new blogger, I also look at followers and hits as it gives me an idea of whether I am doing this right.

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    • Gayathri

      Bloggers who give as they receive are the best kind.

      Reply
  15. Karla Strand

    When I was a travel blogger, people were obsessed with stats and rankings. It was not my favorite part of it! I check once in a while but it’s not my number one priority. I mostly use GA.

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    • Gayathri

      I get why it may not be the best part. But it is indispensible right?

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      • Karla Jean Strand

        Agreed. I think it is smart to pay attention to statistics.

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        • Gayathri

          If only I knew how to use the stats!

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  16. DJ Sakata

    Honestly – I couldn’t care less. I don’t think anyone actually looks at my blog or reads my reviews besides an occasional desperate indie author, and that is okay with me, I’m in it for the free books 😉

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    • Gayathri

      Sigh I wonder when I will I get there. I need that kinda zen in me.

      Reply
  17. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I usually don’t check my rankings because I just find that it depresses me when numbers don’t do what I want them to. I’d rather be blissfully ignorant and feel good about my interactions on my blog. I had never heard of that Alexa rank thing. I glanced at it and … yeah, it depressed me. LOL! 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I have already lost hope of good ranks, I just look for the graph.

      Reply
  18. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    I check my wordpress stats maybe once every two weeks, but I keep an eye on it at the end of each month. I’m not very good with analytics but it is something I’m currently trying to learn and familiarize myself with.

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    • Gayathri

      That is where I am too.

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    • Gayathri

      That is where I am at too.

      Reply
  19. kindleandkompass

    I do it almost everyday. The stat that’s showed by wordpress is something i check everyday. And i do check how i make a progress as months roll by..I am just a year old in the blogosphere and so maybe I’m obsessed.. As days go, i don’t know what i’d be doing 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I totally get what you mean. You will get over it soon.

      Reply
  20. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    I usually check my stats daily but only to see how I’m doing. I don’t stress about the numbers like I used to. However, I’d love to know how to analyze the data to make changes. Right now, I just don’t have the time to figure all of that out.

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    • Gayathri

      Exactly that is how I feel about it. If only someone leads me through it. Sigh.

      Reply
  21. Maria Behar

    Welcome to the hop, Gayathri! It’s so nice to have you join us!! 🙂

    WOW! You’ve really gone into detail with these stats! Very impressive! I don’t have the time to do any of that, but I can understand being nerdy about this. Lol.

    I just happen to notice my page views when I open up my dashboard to create a new post. (I use the Blogger platform.) I can see the views for each post right next to the title, on the dashboard list.

    I do need to have a lot of page views, as I participate in blog tours. But I don’t really obsess over them.

    Thanks for sharing your detailed answer! And thanks for commenting on my own BBH post!! Have a GREAT week!! <3 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      Yes sometimes being nerdy pays off, but I am yet to find that moment. Any…time now.

      Reply
  22. Ivyclad Ideas

    I only really look at my stats once every few months. I just…don’t care, I guess? I made a Google Analytics account a while back, saw how confusing it looked, panicked, and never logged in again. :’)

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    • Gayathri

      I just know the basics and that is it. But I love watching the graph. 🙂

      Reply
  23. Ayushi A NAir

    i’m new blogger i don’t check page views but once in a month i check my status graph.

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    • Gayathri

      I totally get you.

      Reply
  24. Rasya

    Hwo did you manage to only check your blog stats once a week because I’m checking mone every day 😂

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    • Gayathri

      I meant at least once a week. If I have a good week, I check more often and I do get obsessed with it.

      Reply
  25. Jennifer

    I’m obsessed I have to admit. I’m new so I’m sure that will pass.

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    • Gayathri

      It will pass. I was the same a little while ago.

      Reply
  26. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    Honestly, I don’t care much about pageviews, though I’ve started to note down the WordPress statistics by month since I moved to see if there are any patterns to my posting/views. I think Google Analytics demographics wise is more for businesses rather than a blogger doing it for fun, but I do use it to get my unique views a month.

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    • Gayathri

      I do a similar graph with Google Analytics data. Just for fun, just like you said.

      Reply

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