Avinash Kaushik has done an excellent post about blog metrics today, most of the stats he showed off, like unique visitors, pageviews, subscribers, etc. are ones I’ve been using for quite a while. There were two new “metrics” that I hadn’t used as much up till now, raw author contribution and conversation rate.
Of course I had calculated the average number of comments per post, but I hadn’t thought of removing my own comments from that. Calculating your average number of posts per month also wasn’t new to me, but because of Avinash’s post, I decided to make it a bit easier to do that.
Avinash mentions in the post that he uses the General stats plugin, and has to do some math himself to get the stats he wants, namely:
- Raw Author Contribution:
- average number of posts per month
- average number of words per post
- Conversation Rate:
- average number of comments per post without your own comments
- average number of words used in comments to posts
As you might know I don’t like doing calculations, even simple ones, more than once. So, using one function from the general stats WordPress plugin and some coding of my own, I hereby present you the blog metrics plugin!