Reviewing my Netlify Analytics
Thanks to Netlify Analytics I know to focus on writing how-to articles, but it has less data than I hoped.
Some context: Netlify provides analytics information for $9 per month per site. They offer data from server requests including page views, unique visitors, top locations, and sources.
- The data varies greatly from client-side options like Google Analytics
- My site received 38,000 page views from 13,000 unique visitors in the last 30 days
- The top location was the United States, followed distantly by Germany, France, and China
- The most popular page was a tool for looking up words by consonant-vowel patterns
- The most popular content were how-to articles
Trade-offs: Netlify Analytics was easy to set up with an existing project — just one click after adding payment information. But it lacks comprehensive data for informed decision making.
- I want to know how all of my pages are performing, but Netlify’s dashboard limits you to 15 results.
- The inclusion of bot traffic add uncertainty to the numbers.
Takeaway: People are visiting this site for guides on completing a particular task. These are broken down into two categories: tutorials and debugging.
- In order to create value for my readers, I’m going to focus this area
- I expect more for $9/month and probably won’t continue the subscription