21 January 2012

The fall in review

A quick check of visitors statistics show that from September 1st to December 1st one of my old blogs got much of the site's traffic. A post called Hiking Manhattan, Part 1 from 2008 was suddenly very popular. In October it accounted for a quarter of all of the traffic on the blog.  When I looked it over, I saw that it was just photos from from that year's hike tip-to-tip of Manhattan. But I was puzzled how search engines and visitors might get so excited since it has very little text.  At least I was puzzled until I saw two of the photos.  Can you spot them?

Here is a graph of traffic for Sept, Oct, Nov showing the sudden popularity and then unpopularity of this entry.  The absolute highest peak was October 14th when it got over 400 hits.


Bill Wolfe said...

I assume all the hits were viewing Zucotti park photos.

BtW, I am a Luddite - I can use Google analytics to generate the same blog statistics, but how did you copy and paste that into a post like that?

Bill Wolfe said...

I just checked my stats for the year. I have a very consistent pattern of 175-200 visitors per day (weekdays), which drops off significantly over the weekend to lows of 50-75 range. Obviously, my target audience is viewing my site from work (dominate locale is Trenton, as to be expected)..

The visible peaks for the year, my 2 highest days were 305 (on 9/16/11) and 225 on 12/6/11.

Similar to how your traffic spiked likely due to interest in Zuccotti (maybe found via search engine), my two highest topics could have been triggered by key words.

On 9/16, the post was titled "Christie Bowing to Koch Brothers on RGGI" - both Koch Brothers and RGGI are hot words.

On 12/6, my topic was "Occupy Pompton lakes" - again, a hot word for the search engines out there.

Those 2 days are significant deviations from a constant pattern of regular readership, so I assume the hot topics or search engines generated the increment in traffic.

Bill Wolfe said...

One more question:

Do the Google analytic data on visitors count the registered users?

I have a lot more registered users than hits.

David Tulloch said...

I captured the graph as a screen grab and then posted that image. It is also worth clarifying that the graph is the hit count for just that one page.

As for your other questions, I have no good answer. Analytics doesn't seem to have good documentation.