All the action on raanan.com summarized ! 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

raanan.com 2010 in review

Pretty cool summary below, which each user of WordPress.com received recently. Interestingly, I posed 42 times in 2010, with my overall goal of posting once per week — so a bit off that pace — but fairly close.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 259 posts. There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 9th with 1,772 views. The most popular post that day was Two Factor Authentication.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, ma.tt, automattic.com, twitter.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for google apps personal, google apps personal use, blackberry numbers letters, raanan bar-cohen, and gps.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Two Factor Authentication September 2010
5 comments

2

Quick Tip For BlackBerry Users When Calling Phone Numbers with Letters February 2008
21 comments

3

Sync Skype Chat History on Multiple Machines With Dropbox June 2009
11 comments

4

Switched to Google Apps for Personal Email January 2008
37 comments

5

Upgraded to iPhone 3GS from 3G. Veridct: Worth it ! June 2009
4 comments

2009 Year-End raanan.com Blog Stats

This is always fun for a stats junky like me 🙂

Last year this time I posted my raanan.com 2008 stats, and I’ve previously posted some stats from 2007 about this blog.

So here is a summary for 2009 from the WordPress.com stats on this blog:

Top Posts (based on pageviews):

  1. Switched to Google Apps for Personal Ema
  2. Quick Tip For BlackBerry Users When Call
  3. The Great Sync on OS X: Google Calendar,
  4. Upgraded to iPhone 3GS from 3G. Veridct:
  5. Mozy Online Backup Service Review
  6. OS X: Upgrading and Installing Leopard –
  7. Sync Skype Chat History on Multiple Mach
  8. Google Apps and Gmail Fix “On behalf Of”
  9. Garmin Nuvi 350 portable GPS navigator r
  10. https://raanan.com/tag/baghdad/

Nothing too surprising, just more evidence that how-to posts and reviews get a ton of traffic, mainly from search engines. Also interesting that the top 3 posts are actually from 2008. In fact 4 out of the 10 are from 2008, 5 from 2009, and 1 from 2007.

Top Referrers (non search engines):

  1. automattic.com/about
  2. stumbleupon.com
  3. gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/send-m…
  4. ma.tt
  5. twitter.com/raanan
  6. google.com/reader/view
  7. wordpress.com
  8. twitter.com
  9. blackberry.wordpress.org
  10. iphone.wordpress.org

One thing about this report was that it was very long tail outside of the top few. Also — we all know this, but I’m not sure it’s widely covered, on just how much traffic stumbleupon sends to sites. Unlike spikes from Yahoo Front page or Digg, which can be massive but are over within hours usually, stumbleupon traffic usually has a smaller spike but it tails off very slowly and continues to drive traffic for months.

Top Search Terms:

  1. installing leopard
  2. google apps personal
  3. mozy review
  4. 3g vs 3gs
  5. skype chat history
  6. raanan bar-cohen
  7. comcast blast review
  8. iphone stickers
  9. dialing letters on blackberry
  10. p2 wordpress

Top Clicked Links:

  1. google.com/a
  2. google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sync
  3. hanselman.com/blog/MigratingAFamilyTo…
  4. linkedin.com/in/raananbarcohen
  5. flickr.com/photos/raanan/sets/7215761…
  6. photomatt.net/2007/06/20/raanan-joins
  7. plaxo.com/downloads
  8. bombich.com/software/ccc.html
  9. flickr.com/photos/raanan
  10. faq.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/gmail-mx

So there you have it.  If anyone out there want to hack around a bit, there is an API for the WordPress.com stats system, http://stats.wordpress.com/csv.php,  that I’m sure could produce some interesting stats and trends — would be a great web app.

Happy new Year everyone !

2008 Year-End Wrap-Up for My Blog & iTunes

Last year this time I posted some stats from 2007 about this blog, and I spent a couple of minutes today doing the same for 2008, plus looking at iTunes for similar types of “buzz” data:

Top Posts (based on pageviews):
Apple MacBook Air Commercial – Catchy Song
The Great Sync on OS X: Google
Switched to Google Apps for Personal Email
Garmin Nuvi 350 portable GPS navigator
Quick Tip For BlackBerry Users When Call

Top Referrers:
automattic.com/about
ma.tt
stumbleupon.com/refer.php?url=http%3A…>
google.com/reader/view
twitter.com/raanan

Top Search Terms:
apple air commercial song (or a slight variation of this )
comcast blast
garmin nuvi
viigo review
installing leopard

Top Clicked Links:
phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.w…
yaelweb.com
google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sync
plaxo.com/downloads
photomatt.net/2007/06/20/raanan-joins

From iTunes – looked at top songs played. What was interesting is that since I almost always just click “shuffle” – the distribution is pretty much flat among 1000 or so albums, but the ones listed below had a slight edge:
Mosh Ben Ari: Live ( earlier post )
Daniel Salomon: Haifa 87
Hadag Nachash: Live
Habanot Nechama
The Idan Raichel’s Project: Within My Walls
Avishai Cohen: Shaot Regishot ( thanks Yoav )
Roy Adri: Until End

Here’s to a happy, safe, and quiet start to 2009 !

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 !

Latest comScore report on social networking sites

Comscore September 2007Interesting to see the latest September 2007 report from comScore.

WSJ.com talks about Google’s Orkut success internationally, but also the challenges in monetizing Orkut:

In the third quarter of this year, 48% of Google’s revenue came from outside the U.S., up from 43% in 2006 and 39% in 2005. Thanks partly to the fact that Brazilians are some of the most active Internet users in the world, Orkut now has about as much global overall traffic, or “page views,” as Google’s top-ranked search engine, according to data from comScore Inc.

And SeekingAlpha points out the changing landscape in the blogging world.