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Traffic Tracking Dashboard

3 Ways to Create a Traffic Tracking Dashboard for Bloggers

When you run a website, it all becomes a matter of balancing content with analytics, keeping track of what topic and posts best bring in visitors. It it probably the least pleasant part of owning a blog, especially given the time consuming nature of gathering, studying and utilizing such data. No matter how helpful it is, I have never heard a blogger say they were looking forward to the process.

You can make it all go by a little easier when you use the right tools, however. Here are three excellent ways to create a traffic tracking dashboard that will keep track of all of your monitoring needs for you.

Traffic Tracking Dashboard Tip #1 – Google Analytics Dashboard

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You are probably using WordPress as your blog platform. If you aren’t, you should be because it is the best you can get, especially for the price. But assuming you do have it, you should download the free Google Analytics Dashboard plugin. It gives you a basic run down of your current analytics in your WP main page. It can be seen by anyone who uses the blog as a contributor.

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If you want the tracking codes, use the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin. It is also free, but I have always found the first better, and the need for the tracking codes presented in WP is negligible.

Traffic Tracking Dashboard Tip #2 – Cyfe

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Next, we have Cyfe. This is a full social media dashboard that can cover not only your accounts like Twitter, Facebook and Pintrest, but also your blog statistics. It is aimed toward business uses, unlike others that provide users a halfhearted cram of personal use features.

This one is perfect for blog analytics because it combines plenty of tools and platforms and lets you see all your stats on one page. The price is great, with a free version if you want to try out their standard features, and then just $9 – $49 per month, depending on what it is you need from the service.

Some of the supported sites to track your traffic using Cyfe:

  • Google analytics;
  • GoSquared
  • Alexa:
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Traffic Tracking Dashboard Tip #3 – Other Google Analytics Widgets

Going somewhat back to the first tip, you can always check out the various widgets that Google Analytics has inspired over the last couple of years. Probably the best are the three presented in this great post by Analytics Review.

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Be sure to pay attention to the primary use of each before you download, or you might not get what you want. If you still want a really simple dashboard, the one for WordPress is still your best bet.

Conclusion

If you are sick and tired of spending huge chunks of your time trying to figure out analytics for your blog, just check out these easy to use dashboards that will do the work for you.

They gather the data, build the report and explain the facts for you. All you have to do is read it!

Ann Smarty is an experienced blogger, search geek and a social media enthusiast. If you are serious about blogging, be sure to join Ann's community of guest bloggers My Blog Guest: there you will find bloggers for your site as well as guest posting opportunities to promote yourself

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  • Dave Lucas July 7, 2012, 7:55 am

    Hey Ann! Just saw a a link to this article on twitter – I disagree with just one little thang:

    You are probably using WordPress as your blog platform. If you aren’t, you should be because it is the best you can get, especially for the price.

    BETTER CHOICE: If you aren’t using Google’s BLOGGER as your blog platform you should be because it is the best you can get, especially for the price. (Full-featured and totally FREE!)

    Blog On!
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  • Richa Khandelwal May 13, 2012, 9:51 am

    Hey Ann
    I have been using Google analytic plugin and it work wonders for me. Your tips are awesome..Thanks for the share.

  • Kostas May 7, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tools Ann, all of them are new to me, especially the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin seems very helpful and I wonder how I haven’t heard about it before…
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  • Sanjeev May 7, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Hi Ann, Nice way to show the traffic analysis. I really like the Google Analytic Plugin as I am using it as my primary source of analytics tool right now.
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  • John Cooper May 7, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Google Analytics provides a huge amount of data about my website traffic and visitors: long term traffic trends, search keywords that people are using to get to my site, how long visitors stay on my site, how many pages the average visitor views, where my visitors are located, what browsers they use, their screen sizes, and much, much more.

    There are so many ways to benefit from Google Analytics — many more than I’m even aware of I’m sure: find out which pages on your site get the most traffic (you may be surprised — some page you’ve completely forgotten about may be the best one to focus monetizing better); Find out which screen sizes you need to make sure your website looks good in (I know from my stats that I don’t need to worry about anything under 800×600, and I can see the day coming soon when I no longer have to make my site look good on anything below 1024×768); etc.
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  • Steve May 7, 2012, 11:47 am

    Ann,

    thanks for showing us all some great ways to really display all the tracking information very well. A great set of looks that can really help to visualize the important metrics.

    Steve
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  • Bishwajeet May 7, 2012, 11:32 am

    Have been experimenting with some stuff,so will try this thing for sure :)
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  • Sarah May 7, 2012, 8:19 am

    I had no idea that you could do this. Such a great idea. This way you can check daily what traffic your different post topics are pulling in and can see from there which topics are most popular. Thank you for sharing.

  • Prithvi May 7, 2012, 5:22 am

    wow.. It was nice. Using the wordpress Analytics dashboard, i just setup it in a couple of minutes and its working fine.. Thanks for the info.. :)
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  • James May 7, 2012, 4:16 am

    Once someone starts a blog, eventually he becomes obsessed with the traffic stats, which is not necessarily a bad thing because monitoring your referrals and search engine traffic helps him create better marketing campaigns. Bottom of line, Google Analytics tools/widgets are a must :D

  • Ryan May 6, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Very useful post. Just started a site that is a pure blog so they are many different keywords ect.. coming to my site. since the Google Analytic changed it layout recently It has become some what of a ball ache trying to make sense of it all.

  • JamesW May 6, 2012, 8:56 am

    Great post and interesting tools you shared here, I use “google analytics” simple but powerful plugin for WordPress and it’s managing everything from the admin panel.
    thanks for sharing
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  • Salman May 6, 2012, 4:55 am

    Until now, I was using the Google analytics plugin for wordpress but now I prefer GA dashboard to the current one.

    Thanks for the share Ann !

  • khan May 5, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Here is some necessary information and techniques for us whose are new in the SEO work. It’s so important to apply these techniques to make a good blog where I can earn something. I think and I wish that, I will get more from this site about SEO and other technology. Best of Luck.

  • Krishna May 5, 2012, 11:53 am

    I already use Google Analytic Tracking System for my blog and its wonderful to Use, Btw I will surely try the other tools too.
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  • Ileane May 5, 2012, 8:10 am

    Hi Ann,
    I really like the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin. There are some of my older posts that seem to get unexpected traffic spikes and this way I can track them more closely and reshare them on different networks. Brilliant! Thank you.
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  • shekhar May 5, 2012, 8:07 am

    I’ve never looked beyond google analytics because I didn’t know there were other good services and it lacked some features.Cyfe seems interesting. I’m checking it out now.

  • Suneeta Abraham May 5, 2012, 6:52 am

    An excellent post and a must read for all bloggers. Equally essential for all SEOs. Most of us are using wordpress tool but your suggestion on Google Analytics Dashboard plugin is good. Cyfe may help in systematic handling. Blogging has become a technique and a trick to reach more and more people in less time and effort. In such situation you suggestions can work wonders. Thank you for this nice post.

  • Trung Nguyen May 5, 2012, 6:45 am

    I also used Google Analytics to track my blog traffics, from my Google Analytics dashboard, I knew where my traffic came and how to increase it :) thanks for share your post :)
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  • Rashmi Sinha May 4, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Awesome tips as always. It is good to have you back in posting again, we missed you a lot :) Keep up the good work!
    PS: I didn’t know that Google had analytic Dashboard!!

  • Sara May 4, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Cyfe seems very nice. Google analytics doesn’t give a good analysis about on how effective are the social media and how much beneficial for your site are.I mean you have an idea, but this particular infographic shows more things I believe. Thank you for sharing.
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  • Jack Sander May 4, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I mostly use Google Analytic Dashboard to analyze the impact of new and old posts, as well as the other indicators. From my own experience, we can implement great improvements if we analyze data properly.
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  • Micah May 4, 2012, 11:37 am

    I didn’t know Google Analytics had a dashboard plugin. Going to install that right now!

    Cyfe also looks interesting, guna check that out too.

    Thanks Ann!
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  • Dev May 4, 2012, 11:05 am

    The Google analytic is a fantastic plugin and I’ve been using it for few months. Google Analytic is a must have plugin for the business bloggers.

    -Dev
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  • Samuel May 4, 2012, 10:56 am

    Tools here are definitely encouraged to keep track of your progress. The social media tool in the list is something of very great value.

    I will need to look into that one.
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  • Charis May 4, 2012, 9:57 am

    Ninety-nine percent of Web hosting providers already supply some method of tracking, so it’s simply a matter of reviewing these numbers and a bit of cognitive skill, to recognize patterns to build on..

  • Dean Saliba May 4, 2012, 9:28 am

    The Google Analytic plugin has been an absolute godsend for me, since installing it I have not had to mess about going into every profile for all the blogs and sites that I have, all the info is laid out in ther admin panels of the blogs. :)
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