Friday, June 28, 2013

Regulus Blog Stat(Counter)s -OR- Lines of Site Metering

StatCounter hits as an area chart between Oct 21, 2012 and June 28, 2012 with green showing page loads, blue showing unique visits, and orange showing returning visits (although those are not really visible at this scale).


I just wanted to note that the number of hits to my blog -- based on StatCounter -- has been dropping dramatically for the past six months. This followed several years it which the visits gradually rose (see image below).

By "hits" I loosely mean page loads, unique visits, first-time visits, and returning visits -- but in particular page loads since some of these other categories (especially first-time and returning visits are problematic).  In addition, StatCounter graphs page loads, unique visits, and returning visits (and I'm not even entirely sure how "first-time" versus "unique visits" are defined or how all of these relate to page loads).

The full area chart from StatCounter for my Regulus blog since its inception on April 15, 2008 through June 28, 2012. The x-axis label is not really useful since it doesn't show the years.


The first huge drop occurred late in late January / early February 2013, in particular between Jan. 24th and February 3rd. This corresponded to when Google changed its image search function so that one did not have to go to an actual website to view a JPEG, GIF, or PNG file.

Prior to that time I was getting 400 to 800 hits a day during 2012 with a few outliers in the 900s and the low 1,000s. However, the vast majority of which were image hits.

Here is the StatCounter area chart for the period Nov. 21, 2012 through March 28, 2013 showing page loads (green), unique visits (blue), and returning visits (orange). This shows the dramatic drop off in the final week of January 2013 quite clearly.


Thereafter, the number of hits (page loads) fell into the 200 to 300 range but with a slight downward trend (see lead image). But in the past week, it has fallen steeply into the 100s, and this just concluded Thursday (June 27th), it was only 99 -- my first sub-100 day in years. Indeed, according to StatCounter, my blog is going for 1 to 2 hours at a time with no blog hits. Now I don't actually believed that because the Google images -- reflected as Microsoft bot hits from Seattle and environs -- appear to have disappeared in large measure. I also think StatCounter is failing to detect a range of iPhone hits.

StatCounter area chart for the period Oct. 21, 2012 through November 28, 2012 -- capturing the three 1,300+ days including the record high of 1,398 on Oct. 31, 2012, as well as the two 1,000+ days (discussed below). The numbers here refer to page loads (green) though unique visits (blue), and returning visits (orange) are also shown.


The greatest number of calendar day hits I ever had in one day was 1,398 on October 31, 2012. By this I mean 1,398 page loads; 980 unique visits; and 973 first-time visits (and 7 returning visits). I also had 1,390 page loads on November 6, 2012 (election day!) but "only" 670 unique visits and 659 first-time visits (but 11 returning visits). The last 1,300+ hit calendar day was 1,339 on November 12, 2012 and included 910 unique visits and 897 first-time visits (and 13 returning visits).

Thereafter, the highest daily hits were 1,068 page hits on November 11, 2012 and 1,027 on November 5, 2012. So I've had 5 days of 1,000 or more hits on this blog.

StatCounter's blog visits as a bar chart for a seven day period for the period June 20 - 27, 2013. This is the typical way I look at it since "last 7 days / bar graph is the StatCounter default view. You can see the 99 / 82 / 4 for page loads, unique visits, and returning visits, respectively.


By the way, I do NOT count my own visits. In addition, whenever I get a crazy number of hits from one site, I quickly block that site from being counted. By this I mean a few dozen or more in rapid succession. I will then unblock that site at a later date (by which time the "attack" or whatever it is has ended).

Of note, Blogger itself keeps tabs as well of visits -- but not specific IP addresses or URLs -- and I'm not sure I've successfully blocked counting my own visits. As for keeping tabs on visits to my blog, maybe I should use a different site meter. Of course, StatCounter is free so I really can't complain about anything.


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