This post was written by Monika Mundell of Freelance Writing

Tracking your blog traffic could be the best thing you ever did if you aim to rank well in search engines. There is one simple reason for me to say this. That reason is “link clusters”. Courtney Tuttle wrote a great post on link clusters and what they can do for your rankings the other day.

There is no point in repeating what he said, since he explains it all too well already. But I wanted to touch on this and show you how to take a step back from what he recommends you do and actually track your traffic with ease.

With Statcounter you can track as many sites as you want absolutely for free. They do offer a paid option, but you don’t need that. Many people get confused as Statcounter only tracks your first 500 keywords, supposedly.

But it actually keeps going. You can track your blog’s traffic daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly, all within your Statcounter admin.

Below you see a screen shot of some nice visitor graphics. This is only the beginning. If you really want to work those link clusters Court suggests, then you’ll need to take a special close look at two of your stats. These are:

  • recent keyword activity
  • recent came from

statcounter traffic tracking

statcounter All this data will give you great insight on who is sending you traffic and more importantly, what keywords point to your site from the search engines. Once you get Google traffic, you can work with this and increase your organic traffic tremendously.

I can vouch for this method as I have tried this myself a few weeks ago and I’m already seeing improved rankings on very highly competitive keywords.

For WordPress users, tracking traffic with Statcounter is easily done via a Plugin that can be downloaded from their admin page.

Just follow their instructions and you’ll be able to install this with ease. If you have problems, just ask via the comments section.

They also have a support forum which personally I never had to use. But it is there in any case and from what I see right now, it is active and up to date.

If you desire great Google search listings, then this method is for sure going to help you with it. The secret to getting there is to optimise as often as you can. I normally try to do a few posts once per week.

If you are really anal about your stats, you can track a lot more than that. For example you can see whether you have returning visitors, what the entry and exit pages are for your readers, where they came from, analyze keywords, what country they are from, how long they stay at your site and more.

Try it out, it is free and worth a lot.