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Where do Your Readers Come From?

Posted By Darren Rowse 27th of May 2007 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 57

I’ve been having some fun with Google Analytics tonight – particularly in looking at where readers of my blogs come from geographically. It’s not something that I’ve done for a while and the stats for ProBlogger have changed quite a bit.

Previously when I did this I had a fair spread of readers between Europe and the USA – however there’s been a shift (a significant one).

More and more ProBlogger readers are now coming from the US. US readers are coming to ProBlogger in numbers six times as high as any other country. The UK, Canada, India, Australia, Malaysia, Germany and Singapore also feature in the top 10.

Here’s the global map (the darker green represents where the numbers are):

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Zooming in on the USA thee are are few states that are more highly represented with California, New York State and Texas being more highly represented as follows:

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Interestingly in ‘city’ view it’s New York City which is the most represented with Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington coming in next. Worldwide – London actually ranks between NYC and LA with Sydney, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Singapore also featuring reasonably highly.

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I’m not sure how I might use this information to improve my blog (although it does give some hints as to where any future events and meetups might make sense) however it’s a fun exercise and is quite energizing to do.

Where do your readers come from? Do you tailor your blogging in any way to people in different parts of the world?

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. i use this tool for long time. but i still havd known how to benefit much from it. hope more people share their experiences.

  2. Because my blog is in spanish with google translation and some post in spanglish, my visits come from this countries:

    United States 26%
    Honduras 15% (There I live)
    Spain 10%
    Argentina 5%
    Mexico 5%
    The rest 29% is from other countries

  3. Interesting. I admit I didn’t know you could zoom in on the Google Analytics map, so that’s one useful thing I learned!

    I also learned that most of my traffic comes from in-state. That’s good news to me, since both my blogs incorporate information that’s relevant to people in South Carolina. Maybe I won’t garner as big an audience as an LA blogger, but I’m happy with my own niche.

  4. I’m new to the blogging world – how do I do this with my own blog? Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for letting me know about this possibility – as you mentioned in your blog, not sure how to use the information but it is fun to look at.

  5. Although US traffic wins hands down, I have recorded visitors from 153 countries across my small blog network. Kind of fun to have such a wide variety of visitors!

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  7. I’ve been watching my Analytics stats for the past month & get almost the same map as ProBlogger. Maybe Google just gives us all the same map?

    Seriously, I used to get much of my readership from India, because I had built up an Orkut identity. Then a few weeks ago someone bookmarked one of my posts to Netscape & now I’m getting more traffic from the US.

    Incidentally, do you know whether traffic from Orkut may actually reduce a site’s position on search engines due to the level of spam at Orkut?

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