2007 year-end stats for raanan.com

Always fun to look at year-end stats.

I brought this blog back online March 23rd, 2007 – with the goal of posting about once a week — here are some fun facts for the past 9 months or so:

Overall site traffic:
7,796 Visits
12,747 Pageviews
1.64 Pages/Visit

A good traffic day during the week is about 150 pageviews, and a slow day is around 50 — on the weekends traffic is usually very light. For December 07 this site had 1,261 Visits and 1,869 Pageviews.

Overall RSS usage:
4,894 views of all items
2,813 clicks back to the site

Content Summary:
57 posts
66 legit comments
51 categories
40 tags

I clearly should have waited for tags in WordPress 2.3 — way too many categories 🙂

Spam:
Akismet has stopped 8,000 comment spams. And the rate of increase is astounding — it took about 7 months to get to 4,000 spams, and in the last 2 months spam has doubled to 8,000.

Most popular web posts:
Blackberry Curve 8300 review
Viigo RSS reader for mobile review
Thanks Dow Jones – Hello Automattic !
Hit by the OS X 10.4.10 update problems – having flashbacks to BSOD
Garmin Nuvi 350 portable GPS navigator review

These top posts get most of their traffic from search engines. Clearly reviews and anything Apple related are being searched for.

Most popular posts read in RSS:
Blackberry Curve 8300 review
Video – Splendora Laughternoon Break
Useful Mac apps: Play WMVs, Google Analytics Widget, and Quinn
WordPress Facebook App
Big win for Shahar Peer at US Open tonight

I took a look at overall click-through rates from RSS items viewed to clicked, and the numbers crunch out to a CTR of 57% ! Lots of that is coming from resyndication (both legit and some spammy looking sites) and headline-only RSS readers. Also video doesn’t always render properly in RSS readers and I see posts with video getting clicked on by subscribers.

Top Traffic Sources
referring sources
12.93% Direct Traffic
28.23% Referring Sites
58.84% Search Engines

Top referring non-search engine sites:
automattic.com
photomatt.net
google.com (most likely Google Reader)
stumbleupon.com
digg.com

Top Search terms from search engines:
viigo
raanan bar-cohen
ringtone ideas
blackberry curve
garmin nuvi 350

Top referring search engines:
( Google is blue, Yahoo is green )
search_engines
Wow ! I’m sure this includes Google blog search for Google, but I’m surprised how little the other search engines drive traffic to this site. I saw a recent update that overall Google marketshare is now at 65.1% of search — I wonder what that number is for blog content.

Top Browsers:
Firefox 49.77%
Internet Explorer 35.12%
Safari 11.04%
Camino 1.77%
Opera 1.18%

A bit surprising, but the people I know personally who visit my site on a regular basis are all on Macs or a Linux setup.

I also recently added the Quantcast pixel tracker, and you can see some interesting demographic info about raanan.com here.

Here’s to a great 2008 !

4 thoughts on “2007 year-end stats for raanan.com

  1. Hey Raanan –

    The Google percentage is pretty interesting, but I have to say that it’s not terribly surprising.

    I get a bit over 90% of my total traffic from search engines (I guess I don’t talk about anything interesting enough for people to keep up on a regular basis or something, but they come by eventually).

    Looking at total traffic, Google accounted for more than 75% of the referrals during 2007. Ask was actually next at just over 4% of total traffic, while Yahoo was only a fraction of a percentage point behind, while MSN was around 2%. Not quite as high as yours, but still a pretty large lead over the others… 🙂

  2. raanan bar-cohen says:

    Hey Chad —

    Thanks for sharing your data and insights.

    I looked at overall referrals to get a better picture of how search engines play in the overall numbers, and I’m right around 59% of traffic originating from search engines.

    My hunch + the data I have shows that loyal readers are most likely reading this blog in RSS and clicking over once in a while.

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