Monitor your Blog Goals with WordPress plugin

ATTENTION:If you are using the following wordpress plugin, send us the url and we will publish it on our website

It is tough to imagine a serious blogger without any goals or targets for his blog.

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When you start a new website or a blog your immediate goal is to get visitors to your site. Once you establish a good flow of visitors, your immediate next step is to convert your visitors to readers.

How do you know if you have successfully converted your visitors into Readers?

One effective way to know this is by the amount of feedback you receive. If your readers leave comments or feedback on your articles then you have effectively stirred them emotionally or intellectually.

Inspired by Avinash Kaushik’s blog goals ,DashboardZone is proud to present a brand new plugin to monitor your Blogging goals. This plugin will help you and your readers to keep you on track for reaching your targets. We created this wordpress plugin that monitors the various blog goals and in an effort tries to engage your readers more effectively.

 

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This DashboardZone plugin has a set of 5 pre-defined metrics that you can measure against your blog

Total Posts – Overall total number of posts. This is useful if you are starting new and have set a near term goal of reaching say 200 articles in the next 3-4 months. We use this metric on our own site(check the right hand side). Our near term goal is to review 500 dashboards and having a Gauge which lists our target and where we stand. This gives our readers a clear and transparent message => Submit your Dashboards

Average Comments/Post – If you have a popular blog or a site with established readership then this metric can let your users know about how popular is your website and how they can help you reach your growing target. This is total comments divided by total posts on your blog.


Average Posts/Month – This is total posts divided by total number of periods you have been blogging. This will help you remind if you are falling behind your monthly posts.


Current Month Posts – This is the total posts for the current month. If your post frequency is high then this can help you track how much you need to reach the green zone. This is the only metric that is attached to each post upon activation. You can disable this metric by going to Options -> Dashboard Zone and set the “Add to Post” => “No”


Comments for this article – For every post, this will track the total comments.

How to Install

  • Download this plugin zip file
  • Unzip it in a directory
  • Upload DashboardZone.php to your WordPress Plugin directory
  • /wp-content/plugins/
    |
    +- DashboardZone.php
  • Go to the WordPress plugins admin panel then activate the Dashboard Zone plugin.
  • Goto WordPress Options then select “Dashboard Zone” from the Options submenu to configure the charts
  • If you do not want the comment stats to be displayed on each post you will need to disable the “Comments for this Post” metric

How to Configure

For each chart, the main configuration piece is set by the options field

Chart Options -
width: 200
, height: 200
, min:0
, max:10
, redFrom: 0
, redTo: 1
, yellowFrom:1
, yellowTo: 4
, greenFrom:4
, greenTo:10


Let say you are tracking the comments on each post. You have got a good readership and on an average you get around 5 comments/post
Now your goal is to increase the average comments/post. So you can set the following options

width: 200
, height: 200
, min:0
, max:25
, redFrom: 0
, redTo: 4
, yellowFrom:4
, yellowTo: 10
, greenFrom:10
, greenTo:25

min:0 and max:25 sets the dial’s range
redFrom:0 to redTo:4 => If the average comments drop below 4 then the pointer will be in the red zone
yellowFrom:4 to yellowTo:10 => If the average comments is between 4 and 10 then it is ok so in the yellow zone
greenFrom:10 to greenTo:25 => If the average comments goes above 10 then you have met your goals and hence in the green zone

NOTE: We are using Google’s Visualization API to display the Gauges. If you want to change the size of the Gauge then try changing the height instead of the width. The width parameter is not as influential as the height parameter.


Chart Titles – You can change the text of your Gauge title.

Chart Action – You can ask your readers to perform certain action or leave a reminder for yourself.

Chart Link – You can point the chart title or image to any URL of your choice. The default url of dashboardzone.com is just an example and you can change it.

How to add Gauges in your wordpress articles?

This plugin was developed in collaboration with Nilesh Jethwa (founder of InfoCaptor) and we provide you this plugin absolutely free and all we ask in return is your feedback and love.

Please provide your feedback at the end of this page.

Sincerely,

Mark P

ATTENTION:If you are using the following wordpress plugin, send us the url and we will publish it on our website

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