Measuring Your Blog Performance

Published November 21, 2013

Working out what is really going on with your blog is getting more difficult every day. Our new Blog Performance reports help you discover who is reading what.


Essential for Growing Your Audience

One of the new report templates included with Megalytic is named "Blog Performance". This report is an essential tool for any blogger wanting to measure and grow their audience. It shows you traffic trends, where your traffic is coming from, top posts, which social networks are sending you traffic, geographic distribution of your readers and more.

See it in Action

Rather than trying to describe it to you, it is easier to just show an example. Check out an annotated PDF of the Blog Performance Report for my blog. Don't laugh - I'm new to blogging, so there isn't a ton happening there, but you can get a good idea for the power of this report.

Try it for Free

Try it on your blog. Just create an account at and follow the on-screen steps. When prompted to create a report, select the "Blog Performance" template. You need to have Google Analytics installed on your blog for this report to work.

Happy blogging!



When the client first came to you, you talked up the value of Google Analytics. You emphasized the importance of seeing where your traffic was coming from. You went on and on about how Google Analytics can show traffic sources to pinpoint whether people came from search, social media or a specific site referral, and how valuable this data was. You sold them on it, so much so that your client looked forward to receiving that first report, the magical day when they would finally understand where visitors were coming from.
But then the report came, and it looked like this:



It showed that 10% of your client’s traffic came from “(direct)/(none)”. What does this label mean? How do you explain Direct traffic to your client? Better yet, how do you explain “none”?
Let’s take a closer look at understanding Direct traffic in Google Analytics and how we can address it with clients.
Remember how your mom told you not to stand too close to the television because it might hurt your eyes?

The same rules can apply to data. If you’re too close, you may miss the patterns and trends that are crucial to understanding your website’s performance. You can’t judge a site’s performance looking at data in the bubble of a single day, you must consider any day’s traffic compared to the days before and after.

Google Analytics makes it fairly easy to analyze trends over long periods of time. But it also allows you to stand right in front of that TV, to look at more granular levels of time, right down to the hour.
There’s a better way to get that close to the data, without burning your retinas. We’ll cover how to analyze traffic effectively in today’s post.
Digital marketers spend a lot of time focused on PPC and SEO campaigns in order to drive desirable traffic to a website. The phrases we’re ranking for and bidding on get meticulous attention, so much so that we often forget about some of the other ways that visitors find us.

We put a tremendous amount of the effort we put into reviewing organic search data and PPC campaign performance in analytics. But how closely do we monitor referral reports?

If that’s not a channel you review regularly, you may be missing out on seeing traffic that is coming directly from links you’ve obtained around the web, local business listings, news mentions, and more. Many times, links are only considered as a means to an end, a metric that Google uses in determining how to rank sites in the SERPs (search engine results pages). But the fact is, many of a site’s links may be directly contributing to its traffic.

In this article, we’ll review how to look at referral reports in Google Analytics, and some of the many ways to use that data to better inform your web marketing decisions.