Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Audience Stats - Hello China

After my last post I thought it might be time to check my Audience Stats.  Like all statistics these can be easily manipulated by varying the sample period.  For month and year Russia is still home to many followers, but this last week  (27 Dec 2016 13:00 – 3 Jan 2017 12:00) has seen China join the mix.


Like I was saying, if I go for the last month a very different picture emerges:

This graph is also indicative of perhaps interesting behaviour on the part of my audience:

The two spikes are from July and December 2016.

I had commented on the July spike in this post: Russia, if you are listening...  I think the stats reported in that post are for a week.

Putting things into perspective, here is the list of my all time most popular posts:


Good to see old Airfix taking out the top two spots.

15 comments:

  1. I had a Russia spike last month. What it seemed to do was hit any posts on the front page of my blog, including the Popular This Month ones. The effect of this was that the posts which were popular kept getting more hits and stayed popular, so stayed on the front page and got more hits ...

    Not seen a China spike yet.

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    1. I am sure this must be keeping some people at Google up at night.

      Sadly, I suspect it is not their security people, but their advertising accountants trying to determine what ads they should send their way.

      For example: having seen a 1,000 hits on Airfix Highlanders do they start bombarding them with adverts for other Airfix products? One can only hope.

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  2. China is in the number 3 slot on my blog too. Interesting as mine - and by the sound of things your blog too - used to be blocked in China.

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    1. Ah ha! A goodly amount of my traffic comes from your blog. You have let the Chinese in, Sir. :-)

      I would expect anything Google to be blocked in China. It would be sad to think that a crack in the Great Firewall has only been exploited by a desperate Chinese wargamer looking for Megablitz scenarios.

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  3. The Russians seem to have gone quiet on my blog about a week ago after a sustained period of hits; the slightly smaller US spike also seems to have tailed off. I'm pretty sure that both were due to web crawlers/search engines indexing various pages and photos.

    No China spike on my blog, but it is in the top 10 although far, far behind the US and UK.

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    1. I prefer to think that it represents some desperate PhD students burning the midnight oil trying to finish their various theses on how the decadent West spend their leisure time. I might be wrong.

      As for China, if it includes Hong Kong (as it surely must) I would expect there to be some wargamers (as we know them) still there and so would expect a bit of traffic.

      Regardless, it served as amusement for me today.

      Cheers!

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  4. Wooo for third place!! (First unadulterated place?)

    - Paul

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    1. The US figure could be "unadulterated" (I expect they take their feed direct from Google so no need for intrusive monitoring, if indeed this is what this is). The population size of the US is probably in sync with the greater number of hits relative to the UK for example.

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    2. I should have specified which list I meant - the 3rd most popular post gets the cheer! Wooo for the ice floes!

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  5. I was getting and enormous amount of 'traffic' from Russia as well that lasted the best part of a fortnight. Thousands of 'hits'. Yet they didn't seem to e reflected in the readership of specific posts - not recent ones, at any rate, and the most visited ones were still mostly the most recent ones. One wonders if maybe the blog spots are being used as 'way stations' for some rather complicated sort of traffic. Pity, the idea of 3000-odd Russians actually taking an interest in my blog I find appealing.

    Traffic from China has beefed up too, but, if they are playing silly buggers, they are being more subtle about it. It is just possible there is more of a genuine interest from that country. I would like to think so.

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    1. Yes, let's look on the bright side. Miniature wargaming is undergoing a renewal in the East. :-) Well, they do sell a lot of relevant stuff on eBay so maybe it is market research and we are going to be flooded with innovative and cheap, but quality of course, wargames product.

      *sigh* Time to wake up.

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  6. One interesting point. My 'Projects Go Ever On' posting from January last year seems to be getting a continually steady traffic...

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    1. Try January 2015 :-)

      http://archdukepiccolo.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/projects-go-ever-on.html

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  7. I've had the Russian spike - guess I await the Chinese spike ROR..

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    1. Raughing out Roud

      Or as I found: ROFL MAO

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