I signed up for Google Analytics on January 4, 2008 in hopes of being able to gather more information about the site traffic. Here is a summary of daily visitors for 2008:
The statistics are:
* 50,867 Absolute Unique Visits (average 140 per day)
* 86,584 Visits (average 239 per day)
* 137,956 Page Views (average 380 per day)
* 1.59 Page Views per Visit
* 00:01:47 Average Time on Site
* 74.12% Bounce Rate
* 58.67% New visits.
The first two lines mean that 59% of my visitors never come back, and that an average of about 99 persons visit every day.
The bottom of the web page shows more charts and a list:
The statistics for "where did they come from" indicates:
* 42.12% from Search Engines (a link from a search engine)
* 34.21% Referring Sites (a link from another site)
* 23.58% Direct Traffic (a link from a Bookmark or Favorite, or typing an URL)
Where did these visitors come from? 129 Countries in all - the top 10 are: *
* United States - 70,953
* Canada - 5,162
* United Kingdom - 3,878
* Australia - 1,167
* Netherlands - 788
* Ireland - 752
* Germany - 407
* Israel - 292
* Norway - 262
* Finland - 256
Here is the Page View daily count:
Genea-musings "biggest hits" so far this year have been:
2) John Tyler's Grandson is Still Alive (posted 20 February 2007) - 1,191 views
9) Pilgrim's Thanksgiving in 1621 (posted 22 November 2007) - 535 views
My observation based on the hit list is that no one is really interested in my opinions on genealogy articles or web sites or my own family history posts, except for those about entertainment and political figures. Also, only seven of the top 20 posts are from 2008.
By the way, this is post 2,495 of Genea-Musings - in 32.5 months (over 76 posts per month, about 2.5 posts per day on average).
There are more people reading Genea-Musings than just the ones noted above, which come via a link or an URL - the statistics above do not count RSS feeds (e.g., Feedburner (about 195 subscribers), Google Reader, Yahoo Reader, etc.). I am not sure if the stats count Bloglines (perhaps 55 subscribers) or not (I think so?).
These readers are probably 100% genealogy devotees, unlike a majority of my visitors to the URL that come via a search engine.
To all of my readers - Thank You for visiting and reading. I hope you learn something about genealogy and have a chuckle once in awhile.