Friday, January 28, 2011

How to Find the Google Searches That Led to You

After Monday's post, I had a few people ask how to find the Google searches I was referring to. I thought a how-to post would be relevant.

However, I am no expert, and I only know Blogger. So for my readers who know more or use other blogging sites, I would love it if you would share your tips and suggestions in the comments.

And here we go: 

1. Starting from your Dashboard: Look for the heading "Stats" on the far right from "New Post." I've highlighted in the picture below.

 2. On the Stats Page: Click on "More" next to the heading "Traffic Sources" on the middle right. I've highlighted it in the image below.

3. On the Traffic Sources Page: Look toward the bottom at "Search Keywords" and voila! There you are. Again, I've highlighted it in the image below.

There you are, nice and easy. And while you're there, spend some time and take a look around. The information under the "Stats" tab is pretty interesting!

And there are other ways to do this, too. If you load a free stats counter through sites such as, they will also list keyword searches that led someone to your blog. Just follow their instructions for loading the counter.

Hopefully that was helpful for you. And if you know of other ways to do this, please share!


Lindsay said...

Yay. Thanks for showing these. I have a stat counter, but I'm terrible at checking it. lol. I'm interested on how people find my blog, but I have a terrible memory and forget to look. Maybe I should ;D

Chris Phillips said...

thanks for leaving directions!

Stina said...

I did this yesterday because of your other post, Janet.

If you google "Chocolate blessings by Steena Holmes" you get my blog. Okay, Steena is my dearest friend. But she's not even mentioned on the blog post. It's my dancing rejection turkey. ;)

And the funny part, it's the name of her new e-book, which isn't even mentioned on my blog.

Joanne said...

I do check the Blogger/Google stats, it's always interesting to see those random searches. I guess that's why they say to use relevant words in our blog post titles ... they'll come up in people's Google searches and lead them to our blogs.

Angela said...

Don't you just love going through the stats? I love it way, way too much! I've turned into a compulsive stat checker.

Danyelle L. said...

I like the new blogger stats. Google analytics is another I really like because it goes into more detail. It's always interesting finding out what searches bring people to my blog. :D

Christopher said...

I get a kick out of some of the search results that come up on my blog. Most of them make absolutely no sense.

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Lola Sharp said...

Man, it's so random and amusing (and not writer related) what people (from all over the globe) search for... and land on me.

I've never checked out this 'google analytics' mentioned above, or blogpatrol. (and I don't know how you did those screen shots. I still haven't learned that fancy trick. *sigh*)

Have a lovely weekend, Janet. :)

Margo Berendsen said...

Mine aren't nearly as interesting as yours!(I read back a few posts) "beauty hunger games" is about the only interesting one for me. It was fun to check though, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Janet! I'll check it out.

WritingNut said...

Thanks so much for the instructions, very helpful! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks soooo much, Janet. Now I'm off to play on my stats. :) Have a great weekend!

Amie Kaufman said...

I love looking at these results on my own blog--I get some incredibly weird results that have no relation to anything I've written!

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

I've never actually used this feature. Actually, I only recently found out it was available. But it looks pretty cool. I've been using StatCounter for a while now. It's easy to use. But Blogger looks fairly simple too. Thanks for the breakdown!

Anonymous said...

I never used this feature, but I embedded Google Analytics. It is interesting to see how people find me and where from.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janet .. thanks so much for posting this information for us - always so useful to know about. One day I'll get to look .. I just might get addicted to stats though .. something I never thought I'd say!!

Have a good week .. Hilary

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