Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ok. I Finally Did It.

After resisting for almost a year, I finally created a "fan" page for my blog on Facebook. The only reason I did so was because many of my friends on FB are not the outdoorsy type. I felt a little bad filling their feed with all of my outdoor information via my personal account. Now I have a place to post that stuff and people have to willingly choose to "like" the blog fan page. (I won't bother going into how I hate the way FB uses certain terms like "fan page".)

Over on the right hand column of my blog, there is a Facebook box that lets you "Like" my blog. Doing that allows you to follow the blog-related updates on FB. Of course, you must have a FB account for that to work. Duh.

Below the FB box is a smaller rectangular FB button. That links to my personal FB account. If you'd like to hit that and send me a friend request, you are more than welcome to do so. You can do both, either one, or none of the above. I know some of you use FB, some use Twitter, some use both, and some don't use either one. The blog fan page is just my way of giving you FB-only folks an option for getting the same info I put on Twitter. The blog fan page is here: HeyBJK.

Stats Help
Now I have a question, of sorts, and was wondering if anyone else is seeing this. Up until about three weeks ago, my blog's referring URL's and sites were all the "normal" stuff. Most of my blog's traffic was coming from Google, Twitter, Facebook, the OBN, and several of your blogs. My stats now show something completely different. The majority of those referring sites are foreign and most look spammy. Even though the vast majority of my traffic comes from the U.S., most of the referrals are foreign.

Before you ask, I have already swept my house for bugs and malicious code. My blog gets a green light as far as being free of spam and unwanted intruders. Is anybody else seeing these kinds of sites and URL's in their stats? Anybody have an explanation?

I'm just curious because it bothers me. Something doesn't seem right, but I'm not sure what it is. Apparently, I have a lot of blog fans in Russia. Not exactly what I was shooting for...


The Hunter's Wife said...

I've been seeing a few strange ones as well. Not sure why???

texwisgirl said...

i had a spurt of international 'lookers' a few weeks ago too. a lot of them were coming from google images - like suddenly google loaded up a ton of my photos (a bunch from last year) and folks were viewing them from all over. and i've had a few russian oddball sites come thru too. and a hit from something called 'trafficfaker'. great. just what i want. fake traffic. :)

(i'm thinking you might have opened up a new door of looky-loos with your posts titled "size matters". i'm just sayin...)

and i don't FB but i'm a fan. and i give you 'thumbs up' kudos all the time so i figure you know that. :)

Will Jenkins said...

Very Cool! I have a Facebook page for The Will to Hunt and it has really helped me drive interest in the site as well as share other content that isn't necessarily post worthy.

heyBJK said...

Bingo. I bet you hit the nail on the head, T. That was about the time these spammy referrals showed up. Those posts are not even in the list of most viewed, but I bet the title words triggered it.

Thanks for the "like", Jody! I returned the favor. I've been trying to think of everyone who has a fan page. Yours should have been the obvious one.

I got to your page, too, Will. Thanks!

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darlin said...

I just checked my blog and it seems that I'm getting pretty much the same traffic as alwats but then again I haven't posted a blog titled "Size Matters"! lol I should just for the heck of it and see what happens to the traffic flow through my site. Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep a closer eye on this now when I remember to.

I have a question for you, I linked up to follow your site and I get your blog post in my email inbox. It doesn't appear that I'm following you here on blogger, do you have any idea what I might have done to make this happen? I'll check and see if you're on my dashboard, the people I follow show up there when they post. I'll find you on good old fb as well, just cause I can. :-)

Have a great day!

texwisgirl said...

glad to assist!

heyBJK said...

darlin: As far as I can tell, you are following my blog via Blogger. You show up in my "following" list in the right hand column.

Sue said...

Brian, I'm just about ready to delete my fb page. Too much sharing going on with other sites etc...I'll be spending my free time perusing blogger. Keep in touch!