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Where did that little box that tells the # of visitors go please?

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0 posted 02-16-2006 11:43 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I love to see how many people visit every day, and I bet this is a busy week, but I don't have that little colored box at the bottom of my screen anymore to see what's going on.  Did it go into retirement?  If so, how many visitors hit the site on Feb. 14th when you have time please, ah, pretty please?  Soon even will be fine.
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1 posted 02-16-2006 11:47 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I think it went when PiPtalk and Ron got blamed for crashing their servers due to heavy holiday loads.
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Oops. I had to remove it on Feb 12 because it was loading either far too slowly or, for over three hours, not at all. I'm glad you said something, Sharon, 'cause I plumb forgot to put it back.

We seem to break our own record every year, and this year was no exception. Monday night was the most intense, as the procrastinators hit us seemingly all at once. Through much of the evening we had a sustained traffic rate of almost 500 new visitors every single minute, ending the day with 290,411 unique visitors.

Tuesday, Valentine's Day, was spread a little better, something our server (and server admin!) very much appreciated. Indeed, the busiest hour of Valentine's Day, at about 23,000 uniques, was the first hour of the day, just after midnight. However, though it was less intense throughout the day, the pressure lasted throughout the WHOLE day, coming in at 302,427 unique visitors and breaking the record set on Monday.

By way of comparison, our high record from 2005 was 241,491 visitors.

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3 posted 02-17-2006 01:51 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

WOW! Over a 60,000 increase in hits - amazing!  I love looking at that little thing - don't know why but it is the first thing I do when I come in each morning, kinda like "Puncing In."     Great it is back, and thanks for putting up what must have been the worst week of they year.
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4 posted 02-18-2006 03:11 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Ron, when you say unique visitors, does that mean that each time I come here and leave, and then come again it only recognizes me once?  I was thinking that a lot of the number was people logging in and out all day.   Does that make sense?  LOL, what I mean is I come and go a lot, and I bet a lot do, so does that count in there?  The stats are interesting actually, so  just wondered?  
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It actually depends on a lot of things, Sharon, but yea, analytic software "tries" to count everyone only once within any six hour session. If you leave and come back an hour or two later that's only one visit as long as the software recognizes you.

That's what makes it complicated, though, because some people have static IP addresses (like you), some have rotating addresses (like me), some get a different IP every time they call their dial-up ISP, and some share a single IP address with ten thousand other people (AOL). The number of uniques, therefore, is never anything more than an estimate, and the important thing isn't the number so much as consistency. Estimating the same way every time (and we've been using Sitemeter for most of seven years) means the patterns and trends are accurate even if the actual numbers aren't.

I have different analytics software that runs on our servers instead of on a third-party server like Sitemeter, but that changes and gets reset every time we've moved to a new server. I try not to depend on any single system too much. While the stats are certainly interesting in their own right, they also do much more when looked at closely. By watching which pages and sections people visit, I can get a better sense of what we're doing right (or wrong). By looking at what browsers and operating systems are being used, I get an idea of shifting technologies (webTV is way down, for example, but PDA and cell phone access is rising quickly, and new page designs should account for that). It's a bit like driving down the road by looking through a badly fogged window and no defrosters, but it's still better than driving blind.


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Well, watch out for those potholes, Ron.

Awesome information...I always learn
something new!
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Thanks Ron, I get it now, and close is good enough, at least for moi   Really interesting to watch those numbers.  Have a nice weekend.
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8 posted 02-23-2006 02:40 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Gee someone came onto the site from Egypt and Poland today, #57 I think?  I love watching the location, and countries that hit the site, really incredible actually.  Intersting to see how they find it too really.  I trace back their links to where they found us and find some wonderful poetry too.   
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9 posted 02-23-2006 07:57 PM       View Profile for latteaddict213   Email latteaddict213   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latteaddict213

how do you do that? do you have to have stars?

            Jessica    
              

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Heh, I guess the 1% for Operating Systems would be Linux and Macs.  Good to see Firefox is leading the pack for non-IE6 browsers too, at 5.1%.
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11 posted 02-25-2006 01:56 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

latteaddict213 ~  You don't need stars.       See that little rainbow colored box at the bottom of this page, click on it.  It shows the stats of the people coming into this site.  In the left column, under Recent Visitors, it sorts what is going on by these choices:
By Details, By Referrals, By World Map, By Location, By Entry Pages, By Exit Pages

I find it really interesting that at any given time there are people from all over the world reading in here and if you use the World Map option it shows you from where.  If you click the tab under General, "who is on" it shows the various countries visiting.  Don't ask me why but this absolutely amazes me how small this world becomes through the written word.
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Great numbers Ron. I'm glad to see them up so high. Like the phrase says ...

"If you build it ... they will come"

Well, ok, so it's not so simple.

You have to build it "right",
advertise it properly,
get yourself some good search engine rankings,
have a product people want to see,
make it user friendly and navigatable,
etc, etc, etc

Yup, from those numbers ... I'd say you've built it "right"

OK, so that took me 10 minutes to type with one finger, lol ... how many visitors went through in 10 minutes, lol
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oh.. cool thanx

            Jessica    
              :)

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        is where you belong.

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14 posted 03-10-2006 12:03 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I got a kick out of this one that came by a referrel, as apparently we are at the top of the "Dog Pile," which is a collective search engine. (I made that term up to impress ya.)  

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