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2017 Blog Metrics in Review, Part 3_ Action

As is customary this time of year, we look back at the year that was. What were the top posts of the year? What caught your eye, convinced you to click, and compelled you to share?

I’m a fan of looking at our marketing through more than one lens. This week, we’ll walk through my blog from a few different points of view, and see which perspectives make the most sense. We’ll conclude by using what we’ve learned to set a strategy for 2018.

What Should We Do Next?

We’ve ascertained, thanks to our machine learning analysis, that organic searches and total social media shares are what drive page value for the blog. Based on that prescriptive analysis, we should next determine what’s working best.

First, what’s the relationship between total social media shares and organic page searches? If they’re strongly correlated, then we should be able to approach our overall blog strategy in a highly-integrated fashion. If they’re weakly or inversely correlated, then we’ll need to approach social media marketing and SEO as discrete strategies.

correlations of metrics

Well, looks like we’ll be working with a discrete strategy. No correlation exists between organic page searches and total social sharing.

Thus, we should take our data and analyze it discretely, each factor against page value.

What pages had the highest social shares?

Page Value vs Social Shares

A couple of pages are significant outliers, making analysis difficult. When we remove the outliers, we see a clear clustering of social shares compared to page value:

Page Value vs Social Shares 2

What pages had the highest organic searches?

Page Value vs Search

Again, a couple of pages are significant outliers. When we remove the outliers, we see a clear clustering of organic page searches compared to page value:

Page Value vs Search 2

We now have the data we need to take action. For pages with high page value but low page searches, we need to focus on our SEO. How do we build more links to those pages? We’d use tools like Moz, AHREFs, SpyFu, and SEMRush to diagnose our keywords, our on-page SEO, and then use traditional SEO link building techniques to attract new links.

For pages with high value but low social shares, our first act should be to immediately queue up these pages for re-sharing (assuming they don’t need updating) on a regular, frequent basis. We might embark on some message testing as well, drafting up a variety of different post titles to determine what would be shared the most.

Finally, for the outliers that are high value, we should consider advertising to boost them even further.


This process of reviewing a blog is something we can undertake as often as we need to, but more frequently than quarterly would be something worth automating. At the end of the year, it’s a great way to look back at what we did and also use the insights to guide us for the year ahead.

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