Web Analytic Solutions for Effective Blogging

Marketing professionals profess that a marketer should assess his target market in designing the product and in improving/customizing his product. Understanding target market/audience is of utmost important for customer satisfaction, demand generation and consequentially sales generation. Similar is the approach a blogger needs to adopt while drafting his blogs i.e

  1. Understand/Assess your target reader
  2. Design your blog
  3. Measure/monitor reader satisfaction & Return on Efforts “ROE”

UNDERSTANDING THE TARGET AUDIENCE This blog will deal only with the usage of Web Analytic Solutions for understanding target audience while the third step “Measuring ROE” shall be dealt in the next blog.

A blog is generally considered to be an autonomous medium to express an author’s opinion about his topics of interest. However, blog also happens to be a measure of an author’s ability to intrigue his readers and hence a measure of his writing skills. This desire to measure and improve his/her ability to write has led the authors to undertake steps to understand their target audience. Understanding the blog target audience may include some or many of the following items:

  1. Topics of interest of the reader
  2. Demographics of the reader
  3. Satisfaction level of the reader

The desire to understand the target audience combined with the fact that in the current era blogs have effectively turned into monetary instruments has brought into existence web analytic solutions like

  1. WordPress Stats (specifically for WordPress Blogs)
  2. Google Analytics
  3. Google Webmaster
  4. Yahoo Site Explorer
  5. Bing Webmaster Center etc.

These services offer information and metrics which can be effectively put into use in analysing target audience, improving traffic to sites/blogs and measuring marketing efforts (internet marketing efforts).

How to use web analytics to understand the above mentioned parameters related to your target audience?

Item Information/Metrics that can be helpful to understand the item in argument Solution providing the metric/information
Topic of interest of the reader
  1. Inlink Data
  2. Outlink Data
  3. Referrer
All the mentioned solutions
Inlink Data and Referrer lists the pages/websites from where the reader has reached your blog/site by clicking a link to your blog/site. View ExampleOutlink Data lists the pages/websites to which the reader has moved to post reading/surfing your blog/site by clicking a link on your blog/site.
Topic of interest of the reader
  1. Search Keywords
All the mentioned solutions
Search Keywords gives an indication of topic of interests of the reader which shall be related to your blog’s subject. Hence is a strong but subjective way of assessing reader’s topic of interest. In the example reader of the blog “India an OniomaniacPolitan of the World” has searched the blog with the keyword “Carrafeur” and therefore it can be inferred that the reader will also be interested in reading blogs about Modern Retail.
Demographics of the reader (Location)
  1. Location of the reader
Only Google Analytics
Google Analytic Solutions offers Map Overlay feature which allows the user to identify the location of the reader. The feature also provides the user with details related to location of the reader like City, Country, Sub Continent Region and Continent to which the reader belongs. View Example
Satisfaction Level of the reader
  1. Ratings of the blog
  2. Average Time Spent on the blog by the reader
  3. Subscriptions
  1. Rating by WordPress
  2. Average time by Google Analytics
  3. All the solutions

Steps post assessing your target audience consists of developing and drafting blogs as per the needs of the target audience and then subsequently monitor your return on efforts “ROE”. The section ROE “Return on Efforts” will be dealt in the next blog.

Please find below snapshots of some of the features (described above) by the mentioned Web Analytic Solutions. Also find attached a Guide on Search Engine Optimization by Google. Happy Blogging!!!

A Golden Age – Book Review

”A Golden Age” by “Tahmima Anam” presents a plot constructed on the background of Bangladesh War of Independence 1971. The plot is plagued by numerous obvious effects of war of independence like loss of the dear ones, personality transformation of the affected ones, traumas and struggles of individuals in the shadow of war and revolution etc. The story is framed around the life of Rehana (protagonist of the story) and her family which is affected by the war. The narration is full of transformation in personalities of the characters of the story.

The story begins with a widowed women “Rehana” losing a court case thereby losing her daughter and son to her in-laws in Pakistan.  The instance of losing the case and losing her husband transforms Rehana to a mother whose sole aim is to get her son and daughter back. The story moves a bit faster till the point where the mother gets back her son and daughter and the country comes to the verge of war.

Maya (Rehana’s daughter) and Sohail (Rehana’s son) are highly involved in student politics and are enthusiastic about Bangladesh’s sovereignty. The environment of war enrages the spirit of patriotism in the two, but at the same mother is presented as a protectionist where her love for her children is greater than her love towards the nation. Her initial protectionist response is overcome and influenced by the love of her children towards the nation.  The transformation of Rehana from a protectionist mother to a patriotic citizen of the nation has been depicted in the novel in a beautiful way and in a fashion which is very natural to the Indian Subcontinent context, which can be easily accepted and understood by Indian Sub-Continent Readers.

The novel also offers glimpses of the poverty and the situation of refugee camp during the times of war. The situation and backdrop of the plot is very similar to the older Indian cinemas in which poverty were the main theme. The novel also brings about the rift between the Muslim and Hindu during the war times subtly.

The book is a good read for individuals who want to gain insights into Indian SubContinent culture, family life and a glimpse into the war of independence of Bangladesh.  The novel is unlike the novels written on backdrop of war of independences which present a deluge of historical facts and hence become boring to not very avid readers. The book has touched upon the historical facts and incidences  meagerly. On the contrary, the author has focussed on presenting the environment of war in  a much more interesting mode through the eyes of  characters of the novel.