How big are you on learning new things? I love it and try to learn something new every day.
It doesn’t have to be something epic, but every little piece of info I put in my head can be useful.
Last week I learned how to fix things on my blog on the fly.
I have had many plugins crash on me over time. There is always something going on with WP blogs and a lot of times, it means that many of my visitors will see the mess, click out and probably never come back.
I plan to share a few problems I had in the previous 6 months and fixes that made them go away, all of that during this week.
Fortunately, I had the luck to get messages from my blogging buddies as soon as they see something wrong on my blog. But you never know if it has been broken for a few days or a few hours.
But how about the mistakes we create ourselves!? Cause there are many times when I did stuff the wrong way.
No one is perfect
I had a situation like that a few days ago. Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income blog linked to my post about the guy that spammed my blog and that brought new visitors to my blog.
I was online when the post was published, so I made sure I keep my eye on the blog, in case something goes wrong. I use a great tool for that called Clicky Web Analytics.
What it lets me do is observe what is going on on my blog in real time.
Anyway, I was making sure there is nothing wrong happening with the blog while the new visitors were coming in large numbers. And then I saw it! Someone landed on a page I call “You missed it”.
It is a page I created to tell people the page they are searching for has been removed from the blog (this is not a 404 page!). I redirected all the deleted pages to that one page.
The ones I deleted are the ones from the beginning of this blog, about shooting and travel. I didn’t need them here anymore because of the course my blog has now.
In my Clicky Spy tool, I could see that someone landed on “You missed it” page, I saw which link he clicked to get there and I saw it was a visitor from Pat’s blog.
So I went straight to my post, removed the link and updated the post.
That way, I avoided more people landing on the “You missed it” page by clicking the link to a page that wasn’t there anymore.
What are the benefits?
The link was in one of the first paragraphs of the post. After I removed it, there was nothing to click on until through half of the post, hence, longer time on the blog.
People would probably click out of the blog if they landed on the “You missed it” page. This way they stayed on the spammer post.
I saw a specific link I missed during the maintenance of the blog posts I do from time to time. This way, I was able to remove it.
Although one person did click it, I managed to prevent everyone doing the same, which would probably be shooting myself in the foot (having a “broken” link in a post).
If I hadn’t seen the link in the post after someone clicked on it, I would not be able to get anything out of the high number of new visitors. This way, by fixing one little thing I missed before, I was able to keep people on the blog and get some of them to sign up for my newsletter.
Should you use tools like these?
Most definitely YES.
Unlike Google Analytics, Clicky gives you stats in real time, as they happen.
How much will this cost you?
Nothing! Clicky is free for one blog. You should definitely give it a go.
It helped me a lot and I make more money now than before Clicky, because I am able to see, fix and optimize things as they happen.
Have you tried Clicky yet?