Strategically Analyzing Your Weekly Traffic and Statistics

This past week was crazy with a major conference here in Atlanta that I was seriously tied up with! But, I was able to survive Week #3 as a Full Time Blogger!

It was great though since I was able to help launch the conferences live streaming property, BETA test a new WordPress Theme for live streaming, as well as put the pressure on a analytics package that tracks real time statistics to see if it could hold up (it did). I even had time to launch a new startup and product while I was at it!

I had the pleasure of hanging out at a few dinners, a bloggers meetup, and even a tweetup!


But you know what was the best thing?

My Team Rocks a 'Godfather' pose.

It was hanging out with some of you (and one of my teams)!

I met a few TentBloggers as well as long-time internet friends. That was something special! I seriously can’t get enough of that.

As a result of all that interaction I spent less time blogging (and working) and as a result the traffic took a dip. I’m fine with that and it makes complete sense.

Instead of showing you some screenshots I thought it would be more strategic to show you a video of them and give you some strategy behind what I do!

Don’t worry, we’re going to walk through more in depth on some of the things that I do to gain more momentum for a growing blog.

Check it out, and let me know your thoughts and/or questions as it relates to reviewing statistics!

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Of course, you can take a look at Week #1 here and Week #2 here.

  • Dewitt Robinson

    Congratulations on the launch of the startup and new web property! In the video you referenced Google Analytics and Church Analytics. For bloggers just starting out, do you suggest using both or one?

    • John Saddington

      you can. some might find it easier to “understand” their traffic patterns with Church Analytics.

      But, it’s not free.


  • Josue Izaul

    Wow this was great. Totally will be getting into learning how to use Google Analytics even more!

    • John Saddington

      great to hear!

  • Brian Notess

    This post is awesome!

    The End.

    Actually not the end, it’s ridiculously helpful to see how other people process analytics stats and use them for awesome.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • John Saddington

      sure thing brian! more coming soon.

  • Daniel Decker

    So it’s safe to say that doing an 8 minute engaging video increases time spent on the site. :)

    Love the video. Very helpful. Going to get a subscription to Church Analytics this week and add to my blog to test it out. Assuming it’s okay to run both Google and Church as you appear to be doing, right?

    • John Saddington

      hah. brilliant. yes.

      yes. i’m using both in all of the 8BIT sites too! love it. even if we never sold a single copy we’d use it for ourselves.

  • Geek for Him

    Is it supposed to be Weeky in review?

    • John Saddington


      no. doh.

  • Craig Allen

    Never really saw the usefulness of looking at my analytics on a weekly basis and I’ve never really been too concerned with traffic. But after reading this and doing some other research, it seems like a no brainer to at least find out what is happening on your site and why. To my surprise I found some very interesting things! I just hope that while some of my sites are in their infancy, I don’t get too caught up in how little traffic they are getting.

    • John Saddington

      great! what have you discovered?

  • Vic

    Um… what video? I don’t see a video anywhere on this page…?


    • John Saddington


      sorry about that. it disappeared as i made an update. it’s back!

      • Brian Notess

        I’ve had that happen a few times in wordpress to posts with video.

        I paste my vimeo embed code in the post, switch to visual editing the embed code is gone.

        It’s probably just me though.

        • John Saddington

          vimeo is wierd like that. the only downside for using their new mobile-ready versions.

  • bryan

    great to meet you last week John, and thanks for taking 10 minutes to answer some of the questions i had.

    keep up the good work.

    • John Saddington


      sure thing!


      i think you’re going places.

  • Ryan Egan

    Thanks for this great overview of how you look at stats! If you can force yourself to learn Google analytics in depth it’s definitely worth the effort. However, your Church Analytics package looks pretty sweet as well. Thanks, again!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing! we’ll go in more depth as we continue on!

  • Ray Nellum


    I just found your blog via Twitter and I love it and the information you share. I’m curious to know why there’s a difference in the web stats on my dashboard in wordpress and on google analytics?

    • John Saddington


      Thanks for stopping by!

      that depends on a few factors, like what you’re ultimately tracking and how it’s being tracked. with wordpress you could be tracking yourself as you click through (or not, depending on your settings).

      ultimately it’s better if you have more than one package running. i use google analytics and church analytics as well as wp stats.