WordPress Blog Link & Traffic Analysis Plugin

by Jeff Quipp April 28th, 2009 

Did you ever wish you had a window in your WordPress admin area, that showed you many of the important metrics about all your blog posts, so you could get answers quickly and easily about the success of each?

We have! So we built it!

What Does It Do?
We're calling this plugin the Blog Link and Traffic Analysis Plugin. Its designed to help people understand the performance of their posts, by showing the most relevant stats in a single screen.

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The plugin will peruse and track every single post (and page) on your blog, and will display and permit you to sort by the following variables:

    a. post date
    b. post title
    c. author (cannot sort by author)
    d. page views per post in the previous 3 months
    e. inbound links (drawing from Yahoo Site Explorer using your Yahoo API)
    f. Google bot visits:
    - last visit
    – # of visits
    g. Yahoo bot visits:
    – last visit
    – # of visits
    h. MSN bot visits:
    – last visit
    – # of visits
    i. Other bot visits
    j. then gives you the ability to 301 redirect easily right from the page

The redirect function is exceptionally easy … merely click the "Add" link associated with the post you wish to reidrect, under the "301 Redirect to" column, and you'll be asked to enter the url you'd like to redirect to (see below). Its that simple!

301-redirect-plugin

Benefits:
This is a very powerful plugin!

1. Now you can start to see those posts that get very little traffic, though have great inbound link equity. These are prime candidates for 301 redirection to more "current" posts struggling to rank.

2. There is a great deal more you can learn from analyzing this plugin's data too.

Where to Download it?
Download the Blog Link and Traffic Analysis Plugin for WordPress

How to Install it?
Here’s a great guide to installing WordPress plugins … How To Install a WordPress Plugin

How To Use it?
Simple:
Step 1: install it
Step 2: enter your Yahoo API ID, or if you do not yet have one (How Do I Get a Yahoo API Key?)
Step 3: Click the "Update Now" link immediately beneath the Yahoo API field, and the plugin will start querying Yahoo Site Explorer for inbound link counts.

Common Questions?
1. Why does it store only 3 months of page view information?
Answer: this application is designed to show how your blog post is performing at the current time, which means eliminating its "all-time" history which would skew the results. It is thought that page views over the previous 3 month period would provide a good indication of activity and potential!

2. Inbound links are only updated when you click the "Update Now" link. It may take a few days to weeks for the weeks to begin to show within Yahoo Site Explorer, so be patient.

Stay tuned also. We'll make many changes to this plugin in the coming years that will make it much more valuable yet.

If you use it, please consider giving it a mention of your blog, so others can also benefit from it also. Let us know if there are some additions or changes you'd like to see us make!

Enjoy.

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23 Responses to “WordPress Blog Link & Traffic Analysis Plugin”

  1. Kelly says:

    Wow! How exciting! You know how you can tell I'm excited?! By the sheer number of exclamation points I'm using! I hope the exclamation points don't "scew" my level of excitement! Gratuitous overuse of exclamation points isn't annoying at all!

    P.S. I think it's hilarious that you're giving blog writing advice when you can't write a proper sentence.Do people take what you say seriously?

    P.P.S. It's skew.

    P.P.P.S. It's gramatically incorrect to a sentence with a preposition. It's even worse when you use the wrong preposition.

  2. Cool Gifts says:

    Wow. This seems like a really great tool. I will definitely give it a shot. I like that you are using yahoo as the search engine authority that doesn't happen to often.

  3. C jaszewski says:

    Hey jeff- nice idea- but why yahoo?

  4. Jeff Quipp says:

    @ Kelly – Having a bad day? Its not necessarily excitement, rather lack of time. I'm a proponent of the 20/80 rule … perfection is a luxury I don't have time for. Thanks for the suggestions, I made many of the changes suggested. BTW … your final point is gramatically incorrect!

    @ Cool Gifts – thanks for the feedback.

    @ C Jaszewski – didn't know about majesticseo at the time this plugin was built. Will work at incorporating it!

  5. "Very* cool. I've been puzzling over the best way to go about a set of goals that a tool like this will make a lot simpler. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. Hi Jeff

    Love the plug in! It's so simple for me to use (and for being as technologically challenged as I am, that's saying something). I really find the information is clearly organized and displayed.

    With it being easy to see which ones are better 'link bait' and which ones draw the most traffic. Can't wait to see what else you have planned.

    Angie Haggstrom
    Freedom Freelance

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  8. Neil says:

    Hi

    Thanks foe a very interesting plugin – will definitely be trying it out on my blog.

    Neil

  9. Morgan says:

    I would like to experiment. I will try this at home, sounds interesting to find out how it works.

  10. Brian says:

    Thanks for the tip about this plugin. It should provide some nice SEO metrics which will add to the prose metrics I get from Joost De Valk's plugin.

    It would have been nice if you had included a full-resolution screenshot. Yours is illegible.

  11. Greg says:

    When I tried to install this plugin I got a fatal error. Did anyone else have this problem?

  12. Melissa says:

    I'm sure I'm missing the answer to this but can you use the same Yahoo API ID for various blogs running this plugin or do you need a new API for each blog? Sorry for a question that may be obvious. ;)

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  14. John says:

    Jeff,

    This is great stuff. Sorry your first comment was someone being a "grammatical jerk"!! Regardless, the plugin is helpful, simple and fast. My only concern is the process of 301 redirecting old content. I think it's important that folks realize that this isn't always the best option. I wrote more on this at the SEO Boy blog, but it may be a good thing for you to go into more detail on how and why to create 301 redirects for your readers and plugin users!

    Either way, great plugin. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

    - John

  15. Jeff Quipp says:

    @ Elizabeth Able … thank you! Hopefully it does what you need it to do. We'll continue adding to it over time too!

    @ Angie Haggstrom … we've got another great one almost ready to go too. Just running it through the gammit of tests. I suspect you'll like it too.

    @ Neil … thanks! Feedback is appreciated!

    @ Morgan … thanks! Any feedback yet?

    @ Brian … thanks Brian. I know. I need to work on my graphics skills :)

    @ Melissa … you can use for for various blogs Melissa, depending on how many posts there are on each blog and how often you run it. I believe Yahoo caps the queries at 1000/day.

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  19. Terje says:

    Thanks. Trying it out now

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  23. James Keele says:

    Is this plugin still working? When I try to update, I get a Server 500 Error…
    It was working a few months ago, but not now.
    Thanks
    James