So, I am still maintaining the Webster Hills UMC website, which will hopefully undergo a redesign in the upcoming months (depending on whether I get the “go ahead,” and when they decide what system they want to use…but that’s another story). Within the last few months, I instituted use of Google Analytics in order to help track where the web traffic was coming from, what search queries led people to the site, and generally which pages on the site visitors were viewing.
I instituted the same system on this website as well. We were running a similar bit of software to do the same thing, but the Google system is quite a bit more powerful and, as it’s built into Google, it’s very easy for me to access anywhere and look at who is visiting Linsenbardt.net.
Google Analytics tells me a variety of things, such as:
- 57% of visitors use Firefox; 22% use IE; and 16% use Chrome
- 26% use cable internet; 16% use DSL; and the remainder use other things (T1, OC3, etc.)
- 86% of visitors are “returning,” and 14% are “new” to the site.
- Most visitors are from Missouri (and now Iowa). Wisconsin, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are the next in line for visitors to the site.
I find the “keywords” to be amongst the most interesting data, however. The top keyword used to find the site is “andy linsenbardt,” followed by various others, including “brooke and andy” (which, by the way, is crazy that searching for “brooke and andy” on Google takes you to our site…as if we’re the only ones on the internet?!).
The keyword that prompted me to write this post in the first place, however, was “lee strobel drop denomination.” Sure enough, if you search for that phrase, you find a blog posting I wrote way back in 2005 as the sixth down the page. Apparently, in one of his books, Lee Strobel suggested that it’s alright for churches to drop the denomination from their name (e.g. rather than “Webster Hills United Methodist Church,” call it “Webster Hills Community Church”). Incidentally, if you search for “Lee Strobel is an Idiot” on Google, my blog post comes in at #10. Not bad!
On a side-note, I’m starting to get a bit bored with the WordPress theme we’ve been using. It’s really only been up for a few months (September?), but with the newly announced WordPress 3.0 upgrade, I figure I may make a few changes. Could take a bit – depends on how motivated I am!