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Statistics For Caithness.org
August 2002 so Far
7 august 2002
May - June 2002
Hits 18,119,285 Pages 3,353,023 Visitors 58,576
2001 was certainly the year when the world found Caithness.org. We have watch somewhat astounded as the stats doubled and tripled. The hit rate is quadrupled from a year ago. These stats are somewhat lower than actual as the September ones were mainly lost and various odd days lost throughout the year at the server. We have calculated a rough figure for September and made it on the low side and not bothered at all about all the lost days. We are gobsmacked to have reached these figures. Thanks to all the people who have helped and who have looked in over the year. Lots of folk send us pictures to share with others and undoubtedly the School Days pictures have been very popular and this will continue to grow as more come in. We are still adding to the pictures on the site and hope to make them even more comprehensive in the coming year. Its hard to know where to start with which section is popular but the Castle section certainly deserves a mention. Andrew Spratt's reconstructions have formed the basis of what in some places would be a whole web site in itself. Robert Richmond is making a huge contribution in drawing area plans, writing up notes for the sections and providing photographs as well as ground plans for many of the castles. Message Boards and chat rooms are very popular. So on to 2002 and new things are under construction even as this is being written.
Hits 2,372,004 Pages 375,968 Visitors 52,877
The final month of 2001 saw page views just tip the scales to break the records for a month. The hit rate is second only to October the month we won the Yell.com awards. Page views are only second to august when the Gala pictures were in full flow. Not included in these stats are the figures for all of the other web sites we have been building and where the Caithness banners run. Combined page views for all of these sites are now excess of 400,000 for December.
We have decided to get rid of banners from outside advertisers for the present. We will concentrate mainly on local banners. We are unhappy about the gambling ads that have begun to appear and as we have no control over that we will shortly rewrite our coding to remove them from the loop
Had To Happen.
Hits 2,328,119 Pages 334,385 Visitors 53,792
Well it finally happened. Visitor numbers were down on our previous record breaking months and especially October where we won the Yell.com awards . But the figures are still truly amazing. Only August to October had higher visitor numbers and only since August have the page views been higher than November. The Early Christmas pictures for December area already pushing the numbers up again. A new menu bar is being worked on to make navigation easier and eventually it will appear throughout the site. With easier navigation the chances are everyone will find more things to look at and read. The Newsletter from Caithness.org continues to increase almost every day and many of the replies we receive indicate that the newsletter readers regularly come to see what is happening in Caithness. The mix of news and pictures and what is on in the county seems to be fine and feedback suggests that a bigger spread yet of material would prove popular. More people are suggesting topics and offering material for the web site and this is fine as it opens up the opportunities and if presented by email can be on the web site very fast. The Caithness business Pages maintain their growth as more businesses notify to get their free page. It is hoped that more people in the farming community will take up the opportunity to be listed as until now very few have used the pages. We are encouraging more of them to get listed as they often have other parts to the business like machinery hire or sub contracting.
Hits 2,480,741 Pages 366,998 Visitors 61,852
Hits are well up the and pages and visitors almost the same as our highest ever in August.
The message boards and chat rooms are proving more popular than ever. Banner ad coding is still being added to the site and a new deal with another web company means that ads for bigger national brands will begin to appear on the web sites.
Photographs remain a popular feature of the site and with new camera equipment better quality pictures will be increasingly seen on the site. An increasing range of topics is still being added to the web site and in particular more sections will be seen over coming weeks to accommodate subjects like palaentology and other topics reflecting the diversity of the material still being added from the Caithness Field Club Bulletins.
The links section continues to expand and is increasingly being used by people researching many topics. The new sports section is well under way and more of the original material will be added over coming weeks.
The Yell.com awards for best community site and best overall resulted in the highest ever day on the web site in October. 3340 visitors looking at 16903 pages and hits of 139,880 on 4 October. Widespread press and TV/Radio coverage has probably given Caithness.org the biggest boost it will get this year.
Site stats lost at server.
No end in site to the upward trend on our web pages
Hits 2,089,123 Pages 375,966 Visitors 61,928 - yes these are for one month only!!!!
There are now so many popular sections on the site its difficult to pick out the best but chat rooms and message boards continue to attract a lot of attention. Pictures remain popular and the castle section is growing as it builds.
The quiz nights on the chat rooms are gaining in popularity. The Gala pictures still attracting a lot of attention even though the weeks are rolling by. General information on the front page and the archives are popular. The bed and breakfast sections and hotels are getting increasingly used to find places to stay. Email suggests many more people are researching their trips to the county via our pages. Property can now be sorted by date price or location with one button and this will make it easy for prospective buyers or the casual surfer.
We have been short listed in the Yell.com awards and this will almost certainly increase our visitors for the next few weeks. The web site is featured in another publication in August and this will bring additional attention. Meanwhile we have leaflets being given out at the Pleasanton Highland Games in California by some of our supporters. Many thanks to them and to you all for looking in. There are now over 7000 pictures on the web site on 12,000 pages.
On and On with no end in site to the increasing interest in Caithness web sites.
Hits 1,802,937 Pages 304,454 Visitors 53,047
Changes in the method of counting numbers (is there more than one way? -I hear you say) made us think we might reduce the figures but increased traffic has shoved that aside. Still more new visitors are finding the site as proved by our email and the message boards. Most popular places are the chat rooms and message boards. But the Business Pages are expanding rapidly with the property section pages the most used in that section. Pictures as ever gain an increasing audience with Wick Gala pictures recording our highest ever daily visitor numbers. The castles are proving popular and this section has a long way to go. New business web sites are also gaining traffic as we highlight them on three web sites now - Caithness.org, Caithness Business Pages and Scorrie Internet Services as well as in the Free Business Pages - with our aim to drive more traffic to local businesses. The chat room has proved to be so popular that there is now even a Quiz once week with its own chat room. It takes place on Thursday Evenings.
Ever Upwards - Even with a change in the stats counting method that generally reduced the count we have still passed May
Hits 1,651,620 Pages 253,005
With an ever increasing numbers of people finding Caithness.org it seems the upward rise is going to continue. The castle section is continuing to attract interest and still has a long way to go. The aerial pictures of various parts have been popular and we are already into Gala season. Total hits since last 12 August when we moved to our new server are 8,190,390 which for less than a year is pretty fantastic.
Another Record Breaker
Hits 1,324,188 Pages 232,155 Visits 52,132
With visitor numbers up nearly 4000 since last month to 52,132 we are still waiting on things to level off. But as the records keep getting broken it seems we may have awhile to wait. Page views were down but the addition of pictures in the Business Pages looks as if even that trend will once again be up in June. With a couple of days of adding the pictures the Business Pages traffic began to climb significantly. The property section is growing and as more people find out about it are checking it regularly.
The significant factor in May was that we became a business and are running the whole set up under Scorrie Internet Services. No great fanfares and we have not even had time to build a Scorrie Web site as we have too many other orders for web sites to be linked to Caithness.org and The Caithness Business Pages. Demand for banner ads is increasing and significant numbers of them will be appearing on the sites shortly. It is the intention that Scorrie Internet Services will carry out all of the same free services to the voluntary sector and business as before. Offering a FREE page to businesses and Even more sections to the non-profit sector.
So thanks for looking in in May. June sees us try out election chat rooms with the candidates. Let you know next month how it went
Still on the Increase - combined totals
Hits 1,146,403 Pages 241,444 Visits 48,156
An increase of over 3000 visits even with the loss of half a days stats when the server counter was off on 1 April.
Visitors from 79 countries were the highest ever. This figure probably hides even more countries as many are listed under dotcoms.
The new sections for property sales and jobs headed straight to the top of the listings in the Business Pages. The Message Boards and chat Rooms still head the listings on the main section after the front page. The Caithness.org site is rapidly heading for 10,000 pages and over 3000 pictures. Ray Elf a professional cartoonist and artist has joined the team and his new section will have cartoons on various themes and the occasional wry look at "Caithness From Elf". A great many new photographs of the county are currently hitting the web site from Robert Richmond following his trip in early April. Robert is helping us fill many gaps in areas not yet visited and his interest in castles will soon be reflected in a new series on Caithness Castles commencing in the next few weeks. The section will be enhanced greatly with the addition of pictures of reconstructions of the Caithness Castles by Andrew Spratt currently the curator of Dirleton Castle.
Combined Totals....................... Hits 1,127,273 Pages 245,540 Visits 45,116
Whilst pictures continue to attract people the Message Boards and Chat Rooms are increasingly on the top of everyone's list for checking. Visitors from other countries was yet again the highest ever at 77 countries. We are now averaging a visit every minute of every day 24 hours a day.
The Business Pages now on a separate web site also show rapid growth as the place to find contact information on local businesses.
Hits 755,708 Pages 169675 Visits 30119 in February ( which is 3 days less than January)
Even in a short month visitors broke all records on Caithness.org yet again. In 6 months from last September traffic has multiplied at an ever increasing rate. Even with the move of the Business Pages (February is the first full month with them at their new home the figures have still beaten all previous ones. We now have separate records for Caithness Business Pages and may start publishing them later on that site. If they were included the totals are even higher. Visitors from overseas held up at 61 countries. The Message board now renewed and with new sections is increasingly popular and was a leading set of pages in February. This trend looks set to continue. Pictures in many categories received masses of hits.
626,166 Hits 24,481 Individual Visits 130,410 Pages Viewed
Well this has been the biggest increase in traffic yet.
Yet another record breaking month on the site. An overall visitor increase of over 41% means we have no idea where it will go. Everything is up visitors, page views as well as the overall hit rate. Increasing numbers of people are logging on from around the world from 63 countries this month. Our email enquiries and contacts continue to grow in many areas with requests for information and thanks for pictures you have found on the site. We have taken note of the traffic and Pictures in the 2000 and 2001 sections still are very popular. We are increasing the range of pictures on specific topics and doing the subject in depth such as the Olrig house one if we have time. Improvements in Educational Courses and several new sections such as Pass It On. We will launch a series of new web sites in coming months so hold on to your hat. The Postcards have proved very popular and an upgrade was even more popular. We had a problem and are taking the opportunity to quadruple the number of postcards available. The Message Board continues to grow and that also had a problem so we also doing a major upgrade on that to bring in new sections.
Thanks to all our surfers from Caithness.org
This was the first month when the Business Pages were located on a new site. The Business Pages now have their own separate statistics. The combined traffic total is the highest we have yet recorded. The slight dip of 250 is accounted for by Christmas Day when we had our lowest visitor numbers for a long time. Think most people had lots to do that day. Visitors from 63 countries beat last months 54 countries showing word is spreading. Hits and Pages were the highest yet even without the Business Pages being included. Pictures remain very popular with the Walk Around Scrabster getting the most looks. Free Educational Courses in our growing Links section remains one of the most popular pages. The new Family History section looks certain to attract a growing number of visitors although our aim is to show what can be done with local resources rather than to be a comprehensive genealogy site. The Miller entries have already created lots of interest around the world.
|November 2000 saw another rise in the regular visitors to Caithness.org. Once again the combination of pictures and local information sprinkled with small amounts of news seems to be proving a popular mix. There is demand for more local news items but this is not possible given the demands on volunteers time. Possibly if the site ever employs someone this would be a possibility. Traffic from overseas continues to expand (54 countries in November) This trend looks set to go on for some time as ever more people are spreading the word on the site. The Message Board is growing in popularity and consideration is still being given on how to handle items for sale if this were to be something local people would like. Visitors from 50 countries was the highest yet.|
|October 2000 continued the upward trend in visitors to Caithness.org The figures are lower than they should be as nearly two days stats were lost due to a failure of the stats counter at our service provider.|
|September 2000 saw the increases in Caithness.org surfers continue. Pictures continue to be very popular. However many sections have an increasing readership. The Business section is now being used regularly and Caithness.org continues to add businesses weekly with a view to reaching the goal of an entry for every business in the county with its own individual page. This combined with the comprehensive coverage of the voluntary, not for profit and other sectors will shortly make it the most comprehensive guide to Caithness on the web. Already quoted in hundreds off sites and search engines around the world the team continues to increase contacts in many areas both in the UK and abroad. With negotiations currently underway for links in other countries the scope of Caithness.org will continue to expand.|
|Earlier months saw continual steady growth over 18 months from 50 visits a week to 50 a day and then on up until July 2000 when things really started moving.|