March 18, 2018
Milestone Reached: 100 Blog Posts
It has already been ~1,5 years since I launched Analytics Mania and published my 1st blog post. I always wanted this blog, as a side project, to succeed but it was more of an innocent wish rather than a serious intention. And honestly, I never thought it would be growing so well. Although there are still a lot of things to do, I feel like I’m in a right direction.
Today, there are already 100 blog posts published and more guides/tutorials/whatever are on their way. So I wanted to “celebrate” this occasion by sharing a little piece of what’s behind the curtain + a list of most popular content + a list of my favorite blog posts.
A Quick Peek Behind the Curtain
It’s kinda cute to remember the first month when I got 63 visitors. I was writing pretty rarely and without any schedule.
Then, one of my “New Year’s resolutions” of 2017 was to spend more time blogging and to see how it goes. I decided to write ~2 blog posts each week (with some occasional exceptions) and, well, the numbers (in the chart below) speak for themselves (*patting myself on a back*).
Also, I kid you not, sometimes when deployments at Google (related to GTM) went bad, I felt a boost in a traffic. A good example is the last week of June 2017, when Google Tag Manager’s Preview and Debug mode malfunctioned and was not appearing after users enabled it. It was time to shine for my troubleshooting guide.
Although Schadenfreude is not a good thing, it was hard to hide my joy that week 🙂
If you want to know my secret sauce how did I manage to grow Analytics Mania, I’ll have to disappoint you. There’s no secret hack or something. I don’t do SEO (off-site), I don’t build links (although, actually, I have asked for a link once, and succeeded! Thanks, Simo!), I don’t buy ads.
I just try to write in-depth guides which solve people’s pain and problems. I don’t care that those guides are lengthy, some reach 6000 or 10 000 words. If a reader has a problem and wants to solve it, he/she don’t care about the length of the content.
OK, I got carried away a bit. Where was I?
Most importantly, my readers are the reason why Analytics Mania is flourishing. Thank you for all loyal readers, for your questions (which often turn into actual blog posts), for tips, for sharing, etc. Thank you!
Most Popular Content
These are my most popular blog posts/guides/resources (in random order). If you haven’t yet, check them out (as many of readers have already reaped the benefits):
- Google Tag Manager Form Tracking Guide: 6 Methods To Reach Your Goal
- Google Tag Manager Preview and Debug Mode Not Working? How To Fix It
- Google Tag Manager vs Google Analytics
- Common Google Tag Manager Mistakes
- Google Tag Manager Recipes
- How To Pull Data From The Data Layer: 3 Ways To Do That
- Single Page Website Tracking With Google Tag Manager
- Data Layer Guide
- Google Tag Manager Best Practices
- A Guide to GTM Preview And Debug Mode
In addition to the aforementioned blog posts, I’d like to share an additional list of some less known articles (which didn’t get that much traffic) but are still one of my favorites.
- How To Unlock (not provided) Keywords in Google Analytics. The solution is not complex. Just install Keyword Hero, do a really quick setup and start seeing data.
- Enrich Form Submission Data with Google Tag Manager. Create several hidden form fields and prefill them with help of GTM. What data should you put there? UTM parameters can be a good example.
- How To Transfer UTM Parameters From One Website To Another (when regular Cross-domain tracking is not possible).
- How To Annoy Email Subscribers Less with Google Tag Manager. When a visitor lands on a page from your email campaign, store a cookie in his/her browser. Later on, use that cookie as a blocking condition for email popups. There’s no need to show a popup for a person who’s already subscribed.
- [VIDEO] Track When Website Element Appears in the Viewport with GTM. Julian from MeasureSchool was kind enough to invite me and do a collaboration video. Actually, this was my first attempt at a video. Julian and I are still joking about the context of the video because Google released a built-in Element Visibility trigger two days after our video was released, therefore our video became irrelevant. Terrible timing! 😀
- How To Write Auto-Event Listeners Without Coding Skills. When I realized I could do this, I was mind-blown. My coding skills are very limited so the ability to create listeners without actual coding sounded amazing. As a result of this discovery, I’ve already created several listeners: Gravity Forms, Zopim Chat, Contact Form 7, etc.
- 19 Google Tag Manager Reaction GIFs. My reliable sources have hinted that there’s a sequel in progress 🙂 Let’s hope it’s more of an Empire Strikes Back rather than Matrix Reloaded.
I honestly can’t believe that I managed to produce 100 blog posts/guides. You know, that positive feedback, growing traffic, number of subscribers really gives the motivation to move forward. So the biggest kudos goes to you, my loyal reader (current, or maybe, future). Thank you.
Without a reader, there would be no writer.