Take, Take, Take…

Alan recently posted (Alan recently posts a lot…:-) about a rabbit hole he fell down when casually eyeing something in his web stats (Search, Serendipity, Semantically Silent).

Here’s what I see from my hosted WordPress blog stats:

  • traffic from Google but none of the value about what folk were searching for, although Google knows full well. WordPress also have access to that data from the Google Analytics tracking code they force into my hosted WordPress blog, but I don’t get to see it unless I pay for an upgrade…
  • traffic from pages on educational sites that I can’t see because they require authentication; I don’t even know what the course was on… So how can I add further value back to support that traffic?
  • occasional links from third party sites back in the day when people blogged and included links…

See also: Digital Dementia – Are Google Search and the Web Getting Alzheimer’s? etc…

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...