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    Radar
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    A couple of years ago I started a blog, I asked here for some top tips before setting out on the adventure. (If you are considering writing a blog, look up the thread, some really helpful advice)

     

    My blog isn’t a general gaming blog, it is very narrowly focused on the ECW/BCW/Wars of the Three Kingdoms, so I don’t really expect massive footfall.

    The page visit stats are incidental, the blog was set up mainly as a repository for all the little snippets of info I found out, so I didn’t lose them. If it helped anyone else out that was a bonus.

     

    But I can’t help but notice that the stats have gone through the roof since ‘lockdown”. Any other bloggers notice a big increase in traffic?

     

    Admittedly I have been posting more – keeps me sane tbh, as work has fizzled out. I have had a few nice emails saying how my blog was helping them get through self-isolation. (Makes me thankful for my twice weekly trip to the supermarket – how much bread and cereal can 3 teenage boys consume in a week!)

    #137688
    irishserb
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    May saw a surge of about 25 percent more hits over a six month average prior to the lockdown, but my number of monthly posts has more than doubled since the lock-down at 258%.  For the lock-down period, hits are up 13%.  So a lot more posts, a few more hits.

    #137692
    Radar
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    Okay mine is relatively new so the stats are slowly increasing (16k first year, 26k year 2) but 26k in five months? Post wise, possibly 25% increase.

    The narrow focus of my blog, very much a niche of a niche, and the stats for these last 5 months has very much taken me aback.

    #137696
    Northern Monkey
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    Yeah I noticed traffic was up at my blog which i put down to the lockdown as I haven’t been posting any more than I usually do

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #137734
    Shaun Travers
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    I have gone back and looked at the stats for my blog and have not really noticed any major difference in traffic due to the lockdown.  I post irregularity – about 20 posts per year – and didn’t get any out of the ordinary spikes when I did not post in March or April but did post in May.  Not to say that may not be the case for other blogs, just not mine…

     

    #137780
    Jemima Fawr
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    By mid-March this year, my blog stats had already doubled over the previous year (20,000 first year, then 40,000 second year), but it has gone through the roof since then – nearly 20,000 in two months!

    My god there must be some bored people out there.

    If there weren’t before, there certainly are now…

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #137781
    Norm S
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    I have posted slightly less and yet since lockdown still saw an increase from 11,000 to 13,000 per month. I am guessing that there are more people with extra ‘screen time’ on their hands.

    Another thing I noticed was that a particular post from say 3 years ago would suddenly appear in my current top 6, so it looks like someone was hunting around in the depths of the blog, found it and then shared the link on social media, which gave enough visits / hits to lift it. These things seem to have a life of their own.

    I have picked up 7 extra followers.

    So the sense I get is that the demise of the blog that was being discussed around a year ago as Facebook seemed to be drawing gamers away to groups, has been halted and it is probably because the blog allows a meatier article and many bloggers have got quite a good archive that a visitor can spend a couple of hours with.

    Can it be true? Is there a new love for the blog! The same must surely be happening for all kinds of blogs in the world, from food blogs to how to arrange your pencils blogs.

    #137785
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    I stopped looking at my traffic years ago as most of it was generated by stuff from Russia, so was not giving a real reflection of visits etc.

    #138799
    Jacob Stauttener
    Participant

    I watch my traffic all the time. My pageviews counts have gone up drastically during the lock-downs. Oddly enough, the number of people coming through search engines has gone down, despite pageviews going up. The people that come are more engaged and reading more articles before they leave.

    My site is Must Contain Minis.
    https://mustcontainminis.com/

    Check out my gaming blog about Indy and Historical Games
    https://mustcontainminis.com/

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