Michele Martin asked how I did the comment analysis to see which posts have generated the most conversation. This is task 18 in the comment challenge. I actually manually typed the numbers into OpenOffice Calc (after scanning the list of posts in my WordPress dashboard for posts with a decent amount of comments). However, there is a faster way to get a “quick and dirty” analysis of your comments and conversations.
AideRSS is a tool that lets you filter a feed for the “best” posts. It ranks your posts by how much conversation they have generated, based on comments, del.icio.us links, tweets, Diggs, and Google trackbacks. Enter your URL and let it do the analysis. View the “Top 20” to see what they consider to be the best conversations.
For blogs that have been going a while, this isn’t ideal as an overall picture. It doesn’t go back far enough in your history. My Top 20 goes back to last July, but I think that’s because I actually played with this tool previously. Michele’s Top 20 only goes back to February 26. When I checked hers today, it let me know that they had never analyzed her blog before. I guess the first time it only goes back 90 days. It would let you know about recent activity though, and for a newer blog it wouldn’t matter.
AideRSS is actually designed to let you filter sites with lots of post to just get the “cream of the crop,” but I think it would work for the challenge. I’m sure some blog hosts have a good way to do this already, but I don’t think WordPress has anything built in to see stats on comments.
If you know of another way to get a quick and dirty analysis like this (without installing Google Analytics or something similar), let me know. I’d love to hear about it!