Numbers are tricky when it comes to blogging. Of course you want to be aware of how many visitors your site has, but there’s a fine line between keeping tabs on them and becoming obsessed. So how does one monitor their stats, without getting hung up on the numbers?
I’m sure there are plenty of ways out there, but the method I’ve been using for over a year has been amazing. It allows me to track my progress without getting lost in the numbers game. In fact, I only check my numbers 12 times a year. No more, no less.
So how do I do it? Simple. I use a Google Drive spreadsheet. The first of every month I check each of the areas that I’m tracking:
- Total page loads for the previous month
- Average page loads for the previous month
- Twitter followers
- Instgram followers
- Pinterest followers
- Facebook likes
As I check each of the above stats, I input the data into the spreadsheet. That’s it. I can quickly compare it to the previous month and move on. At the beginning of a new year, I compare my stats to that of a year ago. It makes it fun to look back and see how much my site has grown.
Want to keep your own stats spreadsheet? Click here to download a copy of mine and get started! It’s only April 2nd so you could definitely start yours right away!