The miracle of Google Analytics

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Who reads “Doug’s blog”?

Not surprisingly, most of my readers live in and around Fort Lauderdale.  That’s been my home base for going on five years.

But through the miracle of Google Analytics, a free service from Google, I’ve been able to find out a great deal more about my readers.  I know what city they’re in when they log on to my site, I know what pages they view, and I even know how much time they spend on each page.

Actually, there’s far more information than that.  But you get the idea.  Google Analytics is obviously a fine new way for me to waste time.  If I ran a business, I would be checking these reports obsessively.  I’m guessing that many web site managers do.

In September “Doug’s blog” averaged 87 “unique visits” per day.  I thought you might like to see where these “unique” readers live.  Some surprises, but mostly what I’d expect. Here are the top 20 cities where my readers live (in order):

Fort Lauderdale

Zurich (Switzerland)

Ann Arbor (Michigan)

Plantation (Florida)

Wheaton (Illinois)

University City (Missouri)

New York (New York)

Hollywood (Florida)

Grand Rapids (Michigan)

Chicago (Illinois)

Baden (Switzerland)

Winterthur (Switzerland)

Hialeah (Florida)

Coral Springs (Florida)

Tallahassee (Florida)

Weston (Florida)

Davie (Florida)

Tampa (Florida)

San Francisco (California)

Pompano Beach (Florida)

I plan to post tomorrow about the second city on the list.  And by the way, you can subscribe and have my posts delivered to your email inbox by supplying your email address along the right side of the page. I don’t sell (or do much of anything with) the list, but I do marvel over some of the screen names.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

4 Responses to The miracle of Google Analytics

  1. Mandana Sharifi October 8, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Good morning Doug…can’t wait to read your blog tomorrow about Zurich. My cousin and her German husband live there as he’s a diplomat or something.! lol…do you have family/friends there? is that why the #2 slot for your reader population?!!! As always be FABulous (ie Faith+Action=Blessed)…Mandana :0) http://www.swiffla.blogspot.com http://www.mandanaent.com

  2. Lynda Kukla October 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    This month I am reading your blog from Perthshire, Scotland, close to Crief. Remember our church trip to this area? Now that Sally and family live here, I come to help out twice a year.
    So, yes, your blog does travel with us!

    • Doug October 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I remember the trip well, Lynda! Great, as always, to hear from you.

  3. Sally McClintock-Snyder October 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I read your blogs and enjoy them so much. I lived in Fort Lauderdale for 42 years; moved back to my home town, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 2007. I do visit your church, my former church, every January.
    Just wanted to add Johnstown to your list of where people live who subscribe to your blogs. Not in your top 20, but beautiful country.

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