BLOGGING TIPS

If you’re using Movable Type or another program that uses multiple pages to store your blog, be sure to put your visitor counter(s) on every page.

Every now and again, I notice new blogs or ones that have recently moved off of BlogSpot where the only counter is on the main page. This will fail to count any visitors who come over directly to a permalink to a specific post which, if others are linking you, should be a substantial part of your traffic.

Update: Don Sensing just reminded me of another: Put the code for your SiteMeter outside of your table. (Mine is centered at the very bottom of the page.) Doing that will allow the rest of your site to load. Indeed, it’s best to do that with any outside scripts, like your blogrolling.com powered blogrolls. Kevin Aylward gives some technical explanation here.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Mark Hasty says:

    Guilty. Thanks!

  2. What a coincidence. I just did this yesterday.

    If on MT, put the Sitemeter code in the Archive template, rather than ‘by hand’ in each post.

    Has Sitemeter been down for a couple hours tonight?

  3. James Joyner says:

    Yes–definitely in the template itself!

    And SiteMeter apparently operates on nodes or something. Mine has been perfectly fine all day but wonky several days this week. Don Sensing’s has been down most of the day, though–which prompted the post.

  4. Wind Rider says:

    Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a visit counter on your hosting account, use that and get all the visits to your (sub)domain in one place, without bogging down with a request to a third party.

  5. James Joyner says:

    WR: Yeah, I do that too and it’s certainly more accurate. The advantages to SiteMeter, though, are 1) it includes the period when I was on BlogSpot and 2) it’s widely used and thus gives me a basis for comparison to other blogs’ traffic.

  6. All Posts Are Created Equal
    Or “One column bad, two columns good.” As Comrade James pointed out recently, it is important for MT (Marxist Technology?) bloggers to have Sitemeter on each post, not merely on main page, to get an accurate hit count. A Site…

BLOGGING TIPS

John Hawkins has some advice for fledgling bloggers. Among the eleven:

— Gaining an audience usually takes a lot of time even if you do good work. Be prepared to work for months and maybe even YEARS before you start to take off.
— Blogspot & Blogger are old & busted. Drop them like a hot rock and get hooked up on Movable Type.
— Do write about the blogosphere because bloggers as a whole tend to be narcissistic and they love to link articles that talk about what they’re doing.

Heh.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Bryan says:

    Ha! I beat you by two minutes.

  2. James Joyner says:

    But mine was much more value-added, highlighting THREE tips rather than just your measley one. 🙂

  3. Odd. No mention of interactives like, say, your fun Caption Contests.

    Interactivity and lively discussion/competition keep people coming back.

  4. James Joyner says:

    True. Of course, I’m not supposed to waste my time responding to comments, either, since only a fraction of my readers are looking at them.

  5. jen says:

    Ah, but comments responding by the blogger shows the readers that you really care about what they have to say.

  6. Oh, come on! If you didn’t want to read the comments, you”d remove the little comment-counter! wink, wink.

  7. I think we need more data on how other bloggers responded to these guidelines. Or–more importantly–how they responded to James’ response to the original guidelines.

    Maybe I should blog on this . . .

    Sign me,

    Little Miss Soon-to-drop-Blogspot

  8. Navel-Gazing RWN Style
    John’s 11 tips for bloggers: — Do write about the blogosphere because bloggers as a whole tend to be narcissistic and they love to link articles that talk about what they’re doing. Heh. UPDATE Despite the fact that I beat…

BLOGGING TIPS

John Hawkins warns newbies about The Three Cardinal Sins Of Blogging. Those and the first link back to his archives are very useful. Indeed, that archive article was something I read and learned a lot from early in my blogging career.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.