Analytics - Help
Chapter Views User Retention % # of Members % of Members
19. Complications 177 99.44% 8 3.23%
20. Stalking 154 87.01% 1 0.4%
21. Prey 143 92.86% 9 3.63%
22. Rescue 149 100% 4.20% 19 7.66%
These are all 'real' stats taken from my book 'Feral'. What is confusing me is how they work in the real world - ie. Does the low retention percentage on 'Stalking' mean that more people didn't read on past that chapter (ie. its retention onto the next one is low) or does it refer to the prior chapter not being appealing?
I'm presuming it refers to the previous chapter? - reasoning being both my books have a 100% figure for chapter one which seems like a 'default' as it someone has 'landed' there and there is no prior chapter.
This would mean I should look at Complications as being the weaker chapter to revise rather than Stalking ... trying to make sure I bark up the correct trees with regards to where I'm looking to improve.
(I'm also confused as to why some later chapters suddenly have more readers than prior ones - is this common with other writers and is so any idea why? ... I'm presuming people just clicking on an update out of random interest?)
A conclusive trend might only become verifiable if you have a large amount of ACTIVE readers or over longer periods of time. I’d advise not looking at your analytics whatsoever except out of possible morbid curiosity. Early trends also might not be effective indicators of longer term success. You’d have more success engaging with the comment section and watching for interesting opinions from individual readers, even if you don’t get many comments at all. Analytics might even be distracting you from more important activities and causing unnecessary anxiety. It’s all fine. A book with a decent amount of chapters could continue growing weeks or potentially months even after it has STOPPED updating and that’s not even if it’s a good one. Those stats are nothing to be concerned over at this stage.
You’ve got over twenty chapters already, you’re doing well.