Originally published at Now Is A Long Time Too. You can comment here or there.
So I posted stats for The Wizard of Duke Street and In Ranelagh for August at the beginning of September, and people seemed to like it. So here’re stats for September, and a note to myself to post more, because otherwise I’ll vanish into an auto-analytical black hole.
The Wizard of Duke Street: In the month of September, there were 15,859 visitors (up around 850 from last month), who looked at 19,945 pages. 95.88% of that was from search engines.
The top ten search terms were “torchwood season 2″ (2,883 visits), “torchwood series 2″ (1,075), “doctor who series 4″ (772), “doctor who season 4″ (496), “freema agyeman” (371), “world of starcraft” (273), “lotro music″ (261), “japanese monsters” (221), “dr who series 4″ (205) and “time and chips” (180). That’s almost the same as last month, save for the order, and a slight increase on the Doctor Who-related terms. There was a peak in the traffic around the 22nd for such terms, with most of it originating in North America, which trailed off over the next week. I’m guessing Series 3 finished showing on some US channel around then.
The referring sites are a touch over 2% of overall traffic this month. Notable ones come from imdb.com, where a discussion about Torchwood linked to my very short article on the Torchwood Magazine, and The Ancient Gaming Noob.
Inranelagh.com: In Ranelagh got 1,337 visitors in September, viewing 2,530 pages. Just over 75% of that was from search engines, 11.33% from referrals, and 13.65% from direct traffic.
The search terms are an odd assortment again, divided between the main site and the blog. “ranelagh” comes in first again (132 visits), followed by: “ranelagh dublin” (56), “superquinn ranelagh” (28), “mcsorleys ranelagh” (18), “css z-index ie” (15), “nevada plane wrecks” (15), “ranelagh ireland” (15), “dublin ranelagh” (12), “css ie z-index” (10), and “css z-index internet explorer” (9). I guess IE’s z-index stuff is bugging a lot of people.
Notable referred traffic (32 visitors) came in from virtualireland.ru, where something was presumably asked about Ranelagh.
Overall, there’s little enough change in traffic or interest, which is nice and steady, but probably indicates I should look to expand into a few other areas - steady is good, growth would be better. I’m noting a definite difference between the interest shown in articles by searchers, and the interest shown in articles by people who provide links. One article on Now Is A Long Time too, about disabling nofollow in Moveable Type, has more links to it than any other page on the site, and yet it gets very little actual traffic. Some of the difference there, I suppose, is between reference material and a quick solution.