I usually I don’t post this type of topics on this section of my blog.
But this happens to my my 500th post on my blog. So, I feel that this topic actually fits the occasion.
You know, I wasn’t too much of a fan of Google Analytics before.
Actually I’ve never been a fan of any analytics, even though I’ve always known they are important when you have an online business.
But as my mom used to say, only stupid people never change their mind.
And I sure changed mine about analytics.
I love it now. And I use it more and more.
Better start loving something that you need to work with on a daily or weekly basis, right?
So, now I check that darn Google Analytics often.
And what do I discover?
France is Number 6 on my Google Analytics
The other day, as I was looking at my blog traffic, I realized that my blog is not seen only here in the US, or even Canada, the UK and India.
Actually, my blog has being landed on in over 100 countries around the world during the last 30 days, according to my analytics.
Truth be told, I was pretty much ignorant to the fact until very recently, but I thought that was pretty cool.
The place I did make a special stop to investigate further, though, was France, of course.
France is the 6th country out of 100+ where my blog has received some kind of traffic.
It most definitely does. I’m sure.
See the analytics map below (the very tiny dots are the small towns that I didn’t mention) where my blog has been landed on.
As you can see, pretty much all over the country, north, south, east and west.
When you click countries, in your Google Analytics, it gives you the list of all the countries you are getting traffic from. The most traffic on top and least traffic at the bottom.
Then, if you want to investigate further, you can click on each specific country.
Once you click on a specific country, Google Analytics will break it down into regions.
Here are the main regions where people land on my blog in France.
Once you click on a specific region, you’re able to see each specific city or town. When you click on the map (as seen above) you’re able to see where they are located in the country.
Google Analytics will tell you exactly how many visitors you had in each city or town during the last month, along with all the page views, sessions, bounce rates, behaviors, and other data you can look deep into.
As far as I can see, my home page is the number one page seen in France.
The reason for that may be that some people that I know are looking for me by name, but I certainly don’t know people on all those regions, so that remain a mystery to me.
But besides my home page, the favorite posts of the French during the last 30 days has been…
3) 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Ready To Move Overseas (a very recent post).
Then, I thought to myself, how so many French folks even come to a site that’s all in English?
But of course, they use the translation tool!
I went to Google FR. page which looks like this:
Then let’s say they find me somehow on results and they see this result below.
Rather than clicking directly on the link, they can click where it says “translate this page” …
And then, here is what they see… My page translated all in French.
Now, you’ve got to remember that’s a Google Translation – not a human translation- so it’s got its hiccups, for sure, but it’s good enough for some to to understand what the content they are reading is about.
Very cool, indeed!
Deep Down Small Little French Towns
One of the regions that intrigued me right away and wanted to investigate further was the region I grew up in, the Rhone-Alpes region.
When I clicked on it, Google Analytics broke it down into cities and even small towns.
There I found out that, not surprisingly, the top traffic came from Lyon. Not because it’s the city I was born in, but more so because it’s the second largest city of the country.
But besides the capital of the region, I discovered several much smaller towns.
And what do I see?
An ever so familiar name of a town called Saint-Genis-Laval.
Saint-Genis-Laval is a busy little town located less than 10 miles from Lyon, and the town where some of my family members live.
That’s how I found out that at least one my family members have to have been on my blog.
Because when I saw that there were 2 visitors in the particular town of St-Genis-Laval, I can’t think of anyone else.
My guess is that they Googled my name and there I was. (Because my first and last names together are pretty unique I can be found easily).
How cool is it that they landed on my blog?
Very cool, if you ask me.
If they only knew that I know!
I tell you, the miracles of modern technology.
You know when I used to go at my uncle’s house in Saint-Genis-Laval, France as a child and a teenager, if someone had told me, well, one day you will have a blog in the United States, and from over there, you will be able to see that your uncle has been on your blog , from his kitchen table right here in small town Saint-Genis-Laval.
I would have said, no way! Right!
Yet, again that’s what happened!
Very cool, indeed.
If you have a website, or a blog, are you looking into who’s investigating you?
I’ll tell you, it’s a lot of fun!
I hope you enjoyed my little special France/Google Analytics trip here. A different kind of travel, which happens to celebrate my 500th post.
Let me know what you think below.
Your comments are always appreciated!