Traffic review of the year
It's about the time of year when I traditionally review the level of traffic over the past year and compare it with previous years. (If you're interested, you can read the 2008 and 2009 news articles). I'm usually prompted to do so by the Brothers-Brick who celebrate their birthday right about now but I haven't seen them post about it yet, so this year I've beat them to it :-)
Anyway, once again, this year we've seen a huge increase in traffic, of about 75%! I usually publish figures from the SmarterStats analytics package that my server provider uses, but as you may remember the site was moved to its own virtual server in the summer and as a result of that I don't have a complete set of figures for the year.
However I do have figures from Google Analytics for 2009 and 2010, so the numbers below for 2009 will differ from those in the 2009 review because they've been gathered by a different method and in many ways reflect more accurately actual traffic levels because the SmarterStats figures include stylesheets, graphics, RSS feeds and so on. More importantly, they can be compared with the 2010 figures to show the increase:
Google Analytics figures 2010 2009 Page views 40,447,000 25,434,000 Visits 7,926,000 4,556,000 Visitors 2,719,000 1,766,000
That's over forty million page views, or just over 1 view per second on average which, when you look at it like that doesn't actually sound much, does it!
Don't forget, if you're interested in web stats (and I seem to be obsessed with them :) ) you can access the publicly available Quantcast figures on the Statistics page.
So, here's to another 75% growth in 2011! But before that I'll post a review of the year at the end of the month and just after Christmas I'm planning to launch some major new features to the site, so make sure you stay tuned!