This may be of interest if you’re curious about fellow site visitors. Site visits M-F are running between 500-650 every day. Weekend visits run between 375-450 a day so the weekend traffic brings down the daily average. Daily new site visitors runs steadily from between 220-250 per day (compare that to a total of 53 new visitors for the entire month of April). Total hits since the blog was started in April are 360,000. The average visitor reads 3.5 pages but the average visit (60%) is 0-30 seconds long (this is a vast improvement from 92% in July). This means that those who do spend more time on site are reading a lot more pages to cover the shortfall. Those who run their own blogs know that many of the short visits are hits from RSS feeds or Bloglet subscriptions (the latter register 0 seconds on site). 20% of you spend 30 minutes to over an hour per visit (my site stats only indicate 1+ hour with no other specifics). For those who don’t know, these are pretty good stats for a largely unknown blog, particularly since its focus is so specialized.
Regarding browsers, Internet Explorer users comprise 52% a decrease of 25 points since July (yeah!). Firefox (including Mozilla) users comprise about 30%, an improvement of 21 percentage points since July. By the way, this site was designed to be viewed in Firefox. To those of you who still don’t have Firefox, all I can say is that someday nearly everyone will be running Firefox -no pop-ups, greater security and stability, it’s free- and when you finally do start running it, your greatest regret will be not having done it sooner. That is what everybody says. Get Firefox. It’s free, easy and fast to install and you’re going to love it. You can read reviews here.
Site visitors by country (in descending order) are United States, Unknown, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, European Union, Sweden, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Africa, Taiwan, Italy, Trinidad-Tobago, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Kuwait, India and Belgium. You’ll note from the last time that Japan’s stats have fallen comparatively although their bandwidth consumption remains steady. Finland has also fallen out of the top ten although their usage is the same. Spain’s position has also fallen comparatively (their usage is slightly higher tho) but I note -with a degree of satisfaction- that the vast majority of my Spanish traffic is generated from an ISP in La CoruÃ±a which is better known as the location of ZARA corporate headquarters (yo hablo espaÃ±ol -demais, falo portugese- quizÃ¡s me invitarÃ¡n a visitar algÃºn dÃa).
I’m not sure I should be too specific when it comes to disclosing the top search phrases when it comes to landing on the site but I’m grateful that I (barely) make the top ten although Zara beats me in the rankings easily.
I’d also prefer to remain mum regarding the status of inbound links except to say that a significant portion of my traffic is derived from many small sites, mostly enthusiasts. Once I upgrade my MT install, I’ll be reconfiguring the site to include links to everyone who links to me. I sincerely appreciate links from even the smallest sites. For example, one of our regulars is apologetic that her site is small and not heavily trafficked but Gigi, I got 22 hits from you so far this month. Please consider linking to me -that goes double for my designer-entrepreneurs. I am continually dismayed that none of the DE companies link to me. This makes me very resentful and makes me question why I help you when you obviously can’t see fit to help me or your future colleagues and further reinforces the perception that designers are selfish and only looking out for themselves and I’m trying to build a community here. In that same vein, only enthusiasts or planning-stage DEs donate! Actually, none of the established businesses donate, so those of you reading comments from people with businesses -often the most active commenters- you should know they don’t link or donate. When they post, their name is a link and they get traffic from me so you can see why I don’t think this is fair. Some of them become experts at my expense too, dispensing advice but not bothering to mention their source of information so you can see how I’d question their integrity, intellectual and otherwise. I give all of you my source links so consider returning the favor. Be fair.