A part of the project I found unexpectedly interesting is looking
at the traffic to the website and how it changes and where ot
comes from. Below is a plot for the last few months.
There's a background level of a couple of thousand visits a day
which I think is mostly RSS feeds and a bit from search engines.
And then big spikes from articles appearing in random places. The
big spike early July was when the BBC
published their piece reporting the completion of the build. The
preceeding humps about the 24th June are from when The
published their piece. I'd have expected that that
would pretty much be the end of the big spikes but we get another
spike at the beginning of August possibly initiated by Physics
and then another late August which was due to a
discussion starting up on Hacker
In most instances I have no real idea what sparks a sudden rush of
interest, there are so many aggregation sites which simply copy
and paste what's been published elsewhere that its impossible to
determine the originator. When I searched for Megaprocessor a
couple of days after the BBC published their article Google said
that thousands more sites now had a reference to the
Megaprocessor. But a quick scan showed that only four or five
people had written their own material, all the other sites had
just copied variants of that handful of articles.
One of the more striking aspects of the traffic numbers is by how
much it decimates at each level of interaction. For example the
website stats say that only about 10% of people get past the front
page of the website.
And only about 1% go to the Facebook page.
Rather curiously about as many people search for me on LinkedIn as
go to the Facebook page.
The wildcard seems to be YouTube. My channel had followers before
I'd uploaded the first video, let alone told anyone that it
existed. But my guess is that only a tiny proportion of people who
view a YouTube video go on to visit my website.
The YouTube traffic mostly comes from external sources...
The main website only provides just under 7% of the external
traffic, so only about 5% of the total.
So the vast majority of the traffic going to my YouTube channel
does not arrive from, nor travels to, the main website. The
heise.de page is here
it was news to me.
I guess what I find so interesting is that I'd never have
predicted this set of stats. And what does it mean ?