Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sometimes it's better not to know

Google analytics tells me that 74% of my visitors stay on my site for 10 seconds before leaving.  Ouch.  Maybe checking the stats isn't such a good idea.  Or, maybe I need to put this picture on the top of every post:

(Image lifted from, oh everywhere on the internet)
That would get me at least 20 seconds of viewership, right?  

15 comments:

Maggie@Okay, now what? said...

Ha Ha, worked for me.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I wonder if RSS Readers affect that stat...if the time it takes for the reader to "pull" the feed it somehow averaged in there. Someone may spend a couple minutes reading your post on a reader, but I'm not sure that can factor into your stats.

Anyone more knowledgeable about this? I don't really care too much about that time stat, since I bet many people land on the blog from using the random "next blog" button on Blogger.

Sharon said...

Unfortunately I stayed longer for your turquouse Christmas trees ... OMG what does that say about me!!!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Love me some RPattz... I don't even know how to check Google analytics?

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

It could be people who have you bookmarked checking to see if you've posted? Then if they see that they've already read the first post they leave quickly?

Mrs. Chic said...

I have no clue how to check stats? I stay on long, unless someone pops in my office! lol

Don't worry your blog is great, I like reading it!

Ciara said...

Just stumbled in from Young House Love--what a great blog you have! I definitely stayed for more than 10 seconds. :)

Kate- said...

Just found you today and sure have spent waaaay more than 10 minutes. You're now in my favorites!

Sarah said...

I bet a lot of that is from web crawler traffic, like Google or Yahoo, indexing your web pages so people can find them when they search.

I think an RSS reader operates on more of a push model, but I don't know for sure.

I've just spent more than 10 seconds writing this comment. :)

Lilli said...

That's funny. Didn't really work for me thou, I was stuck on your decorations (I'm a sucker for lights lol)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Micah and Mrs. Chic - Google Analytics is available on your Google 'Account' page, at the bottom where you see Blogger, Gmail, and other items. I just created a report for my site and now I can view all sorts of stats that I'm not sure I want to know! ha

Ladies, you all have lots of good ideas about why the info reads that way. I don't worry about it too much, but it's still interesting. I would love to know what is factored into that number, but I just don't have the time to do that much research since I just blog for fun, anyway. And, HELLO to my new readers!!

kt said...

Love your site. Just discovered it through Young House Love. I love all the work you've done on your house -- so amazing! I think I probably upped your google analytics average cause I left your site up all afternoon and kept sneaking peeks throughout the day. Keep up the good work!

Kirschblüten said...

hey sara.
10 seconds???
i´m watching your blog for at least 5 minutes at the moment (it was the patio- which is more interesting for me than mr. pattinson)
and- i´m sitting here in germany. isn´t this much more worth than a naked statistic? (please excuse my mistakes...
greetings

Liz said...

Oh girl. Never check blog stats. That's my golden rule. :)

Amanda said...

I don't know much about Google Analytics but I do appreciate that picture! Tee hee. And I still think your blog is well worth the read even without Mr. Pattinson's presence.