Monday, December 05, 2016

How much global and metrics

One of the things I realized I should document is my own assessment about how many things of certain types I have global at this point, and how I measure. As usually just look at things and ponder. That is, I just think about it without having anything written down, so yeah, need something can check later just to know how was thinking certain things.

So yeah, going to just put some of that pondering down here so I have as a reference later.

And right now I consider 3 of my 4 blogs truly global as get visits according to Google Analytics from at least 50 countries per year. This blog had some weird jump and is at 83 countries so far this year according to Google Analytics am checking for this post. And that's from 523 cities and 57 languages where I think Google Translate is what allows that to happen.

Conceivably am looking at impact of my open source project linking to this blog but that has ALWAYS been the case and it has downloads from 109 countries so far THIS YEAR from SourceForge statistics where don't have a city or language count.

Usually I actually use that as my baseline for MY global reach as is downloads, so to me gives more concrete information than just visits.

Conceivably more countries look at this blog, but only see what Google Analytics registers. Oh yeah so that is across the board which is why I see these as more of a general idea of things.

So am at 4 global things now. Three of my blogs: Some Math, Beyond Mundane, and my new one Seriously Commercial which was a BIG surprise. Am in the process of building it up, and haven't promoted it yet.

Harder to estimate is with my social media. There Pinterest helps me the most with analytics, but still not seeing the kind of massive country counts as with my blogs which really are the pillars. They can drive attention as I want including across my social media so I see it as that way and not the other way around.

Other way to consider global reach is with global search result levels which I can only get from Google and yup, get that information about my blogs. Google will tell me global search positions which is weird data to me. Yeah is cool to have search results that ARE global but other things puzzle me. Have learned to talk MUCH less about details and notice, no audience numbers! Have no clue really but have data which is the contradictory thing that has left me befuddled for about a decade now.

Actually is reason I decided to explain social media follower counts with my entertainment guess, which lead me to define entertainment. So yeah I know I think what's going on but haven't been able to test on the upside as I'd need to be entertaining which am not motivated to do. I'm NOT an entertainer.

Oh, so where do things seem to drop off for my global reach? For years oddly enough take it for granted is across South America and Africa. So yeah I cover the world for the most part except for those continents which is why my country counts are as low as they are. And why is that? I do not know but can speculate easily enough but why really should I?

Oh yeah, so Twitter is a lot of fun for me with lots of metrics there where will just say there can be spikes of attention which make sense. So yeah my tweeting behavior did shift massively once I had analytics data and there were HUGE jumps in impressions, where I have a good idea about why.

Most mysterious and hard to measure social media for me are Google+ and for my Facebook Page. Still working on metrics that work for me.

And this post is way long. So will stop there. What do I do with all that reach?

Just read my blogs and you can see. It's not complicated. And yeah, each post is for a purpose. The blogs rule. Everything else is really driven from them though my open source has its own clear space, I consider it minor in comparison, though it is most transparent because it's open source, so I reference it a lot.

James Harris
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