Most bloggers get a thrill out of knowing that their posts have been read and have made a difference with their readers. Truth be told, I’m not very different. And, having a background in marketing research, I do pay attention to the analytics of my blog. I watch site views, which sites bring in views (referring sites), blog post “likes” and comments.
One of the site stats I find most interesting is WordPress’ “Views By Country.” I’m proud to share that my blog has been read by people in 49 different countries! Each time my site is visited by someone in a country for the first time, that country gets colored in on a world map. Here’s what it looks like at the present time:
Since late February, my site has been visited by every continent on the map (Antarctica not included)! As of a few weeks ago, the most glaring omissions (by land size) were Australia, Greenland and China. A few strategic tweets to promote my blog specifically mentioned that I would love for views from those countries. Perhaps it was coincidence, but soon after Australia was on the board.
Are you game for a social media experiment? I’d love to see if I could get some of the remaining larger land masses filled in on the map!
- I’m missing all of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
- In South America I’m missing Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay (as well as a few others).
- I’m missing most of Africa, but the biggest omissions appear to be South Africa and Madagascar.
- In Asia, the largest countries that are missing include China, Japan, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
- In Europe, I would love site views from Finland, Poland, Belarus and Austria.
- And, Greenland and Iceland are still missing too.
Are you connected on LinkedIn, Google+ or Facebook with anyone in the countries I listed? If so, could you promote your favorite post (among the 28 I’ve written so far) to them? If you’re on Twitter, could you do the same and mention one of the countries in your tweet? I’m curious to see what the power of an online network and social media can accomplish when it comes to marketing and promotion.
I thank you in advance for your help and assistance and I’ll report back in a week with the results to see what we were able to accomplish together!