Google Analytics, a free service from Google Blogger, tells you where your blog hits are coming from. Over the past week, most of this blog hits have come from search engines. I am showing you a graphic I took this week for this blog.
Referring Sites (thank you Avacar and everyone at Gay World News, Naruto, Anthony, NakedCarl, Franziskus, Bock, and everyone else who is linking here for sending all these hits my way) sent 21% of my hits through their blog, and direct traffic (such as subscribers) account for another 20% of total hits.
But it is Search Engines that are driving hits to my blog. And giving the three major search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing) the ability to actually find what you are reading about about
You must submit XML site maps in order to let Search Engines find your content easily:
In order to get your search engine hits up, you must submit XML site maps to Google and the other blogging services. You will only get a fraction of hits unless you do this. This is not only for a Google Blogspot blog -- You also need to do this if you have a Wordpress blog, or a web site.
Hint: For Blogger users: You also need to embed html code in your blog's template to "claim" the blog as your own for Webmaster and access cool free information from Google Webmaster Tools and Analystics.. If you try to do this and you do not know anything about HTML programming, you MUST make a copy of your blog's html code and save this to your drive. You will most likely make your blog unreadable unless you can revert to your original code, and will need to find someone who can read html coding to fix it.
Doing this is complicated and requires some understanding of programming OR finding a site with good step-by-step instructions on how to do this. Most "easy to use" sites are exactly the opposite Google has done what it can to make this process difficult to that "amateurs" hire people versed in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to do this for them. I am not a programmer but know enough about html to get away with doing this.
When I have a free day, I am going to write a step by step article on how to join Google Webmaster Tools, Analytics, and submit site maps to Google, I am going to try to do this during the holiday seasons at the end of the year.
Part 2 to be published tomorrow -- An easy to use guide for constructing a content site map for submission to Google.