Blog Statistics 2008

Seeing as we’re easing into a new year I’ve been taking a little time out to look at the 2008 statistics for my website. I’ve collated the most interesting of these and narrated them a little to put them in context.

  • I’ve received more than 120 times as much spam in the comments boxes as I have legitimate discussion over the last year
  • Twice as many comments have been made on the site as I have posted articles, making each post worth, on average, two comments from readers
  • I’ve made slightly over 1 post every two days
  • This site has consistently appeared first in Google when the search term “Kieran O’Shea” is used, second when “Kieran” is entered
  • My blog received over 500,000 hits during the year and on average over 300 unique visitors per day
  • More readers used RSS to consume my content rather than visiting the articles directly, with over 50% of traffic being comprised of requests for my feed links
  • The most popular time of day to read newly posted articles in 2008 was between 7 and 8 pm
  • In terms of refering sites, the most traffic was sent my way by Leeds RAG
  • Apart from my name or variants thereof the search term “hubble” sent the most readers my way from search engines
  • Despite my Linux leanings Windows and Internet Explorer remained the most popular operating system and browser amongst my readers


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  1. Chris Worfolk Said,

    January 5, 2009 @ 2:01 am

    Did you use a stats plugin to gather your 2008 blog stats Kieran?

  2. Kieran Said,

    January 5, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    No, I just used data in the WordPress dashboard, a little SQL over SSH where the dashboard was lacking and Awstats on the server for information on what Apache has been up to.

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