Now I have discovered blogger stats, and my what a load of fun they are! They tell me, for instance, and this is what has prompted this short post, that yesterday saw a staggering 1044 pageviews. And only about 800 of those were me checking to see if anyone left any comments.... Seriously, 1000 pageviews? Vous etes having a laugh, non? Checking to see if this was some horrible mistake, a thought which presumably went through the minds of roughly 1000 people at some point yesterday, I went back a bit further, and discovered that the day before saw 675, the day before that 825, and the day before that 748. I'm no statistician, but that would seem to indicate that it's not just a fluke. I checked to see if I had inadvertently written about Great Tits on any of the days, for we all know what the internet is primarily used for, but of these there was no mention. Clearly I am on a roll - shame I just started work again...
I think yesterday's sortie into four figures for the first time ever can be explained away by it being Monday, combined with the world being once again close to economic collapse, and having just had three Party Conferences in a row. People are bored. Very bored. Cameron this, Osbourne that. Please, anything but politics! How about a so-called bird blog that hasn't mentioned birds for three days? Yes internet, take me there now! Hallelujah! Oh, wait......
Sadly the stats page does not show the length of each visit, or at least not that I have found, and that of course may paint a different picture, and tell me that cumulatively the 1044 pageviews lasted about 32 seconds. We shall never know, and seeing as it may burst my proverbial bubble, I'm happy to remain in the dark. More interesting is that it tells you which pages have been visited the most. No matter what time period I look at, the top page is "Birding in New Delhi", which dates from May 2009, generally by a factor of ten over any other page. The next most popular is my map of Wanstead Flats, which is probably just people wanting directions to Long Wood. Nothing else even comes close. These two facts are very surprising, but it shows that there may be some mileage in writing about popular birding destinations like Wanstead Flats. And New Delhi.
Far and away the best bit of stats is of course the keyword searches that brought people here. "Hoopoe Bird" is quite a common one - I particularly like how specific people are being. Hoopoe Cow, for example, is never seen. "Birderdes" is another one that crops up fairly frequently. Perhaps there is a birder called Des somewhere, or perhaps, in the same way that I type Wheater instead of Wheatear around 96% of the time, it's just a cock up. This week more than one person searched for "boy otter costume", which is probably entirely innocent, and today someone searched for "ryanair monopod", no doubt wanting to know how a monopod might best be used to beat a hand-luggage-measuring Ryanair employee senseless next time around. Sadly the keyword search is capped at ten per time period, so some of the more obscure and highly perverted ones that are perhaps out there will have to remain a mystery, but the possibility of scoring a few now down the line now that I have discovered a way to view them may prompt me to insert some ambigious phrases in future posts. Not that I am that immature of course.....
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I found this recently too... two recurrent "traffic sources" that somehow lead people to my blog and that slightly worry me are a women's clothes retailer and a bodybuilding site. Hmm...ReplyDelete
The peak on Monday must be because your readers were all anxious to see how you got on on your first day back at school, sorry, work surely? oh, and Ryanair monopods could be an attempt at googlewhacking? BTW, I'm now going to try and reach this blog with the most iffy sounding search terms I can manage. You'd better put some of the better ones up :)ReplyDelete
Hi Jonathan, I too am 'enjoying' inflated site visit numbers, mine being purely down to something called 'google correction' and some other shady places. You can check where your source is coming from by checking 'Traffic sources' on your blogs 'stat' page (which can be found under design). There again, yours could be genuine popularity!!ReplyDelete
I actually choose to read ur blog regularly because I enjoy it!!!!ReplyDelete
Strangely, I had a surge of visits to my blog on Saturday, but a 'surge' is only a relative term in my caseReplyDelete
I forgot to mention that a piece on the Bird Forum listing row has been my most popular post by a mile.ReplyDelete
I must have missed your post that involved Ryanair and a monopod, but your mention here is so tantalizing that now I'm feeling compelled to read more, so you've created a sort of positive self-fulfilling feedback loop of googling. Or something.ReplyDelete
I do always snicker a bit to myself when I read mention of birding tits. (That is, when birders see tits ... oh, never mind.) "Chickadees" seems so innocuous by comparison.
I can't recall how I first came across your blog, Jonathan, but it's no surprise to see how popular it's become. As usual, the combination of birding diary with real life is so much more entrancing than just the former, and being well written makes it irresistable. Keep at it! :o)ReplyDelete