Woodstock Valley Girl has repeated many times something to the effect that no one visits the Cafe anymore (not an exact quote). I used to kid another frequent visitor when he asked how many visit the Cafe by telling him that it’s just you, me, and Taxpayer . An educated estimate is that there are about 600-800 Woodstock-relevant visitors, some of whom come every day and some of whom visit once or twice a month “to catch up” as one Woodstock resident told me recently.
For someone who doesn’t like anyone here Valley Girl seems to be here a lot. In fact, he has submitted the last 12 comments. Why bother if no one visits to read his attacks and insults other than the few of us that write at the Cafe?
Valley Girl has said that most of our visitation is spam. Of course he has no idea about our activity because he does not have access to our server stats. Stats measured directly by the server are accurate unlike the indirect services like StatCounter, Compete, and Google Analytics. We do get spam, but that stat is tallied as “non-viewing hits.”
The reason I think we have about 600-800 Woodstock relevant visitors is that I can sort those who turn multiple pages from those who turn only one or two pages. If I limit the list to those who have turned 5 pages in any particular month, I find more than 700 unique IPs. It doesn’t matter to me where they’re from if they are interested enough to turn the pages. Those with dynamic IPs will not register multiple page turns because their IP changes with each page turn (AOL for example). So the majority of unique visitors and visits represent “others” from outside our community. Many of these visitors come to the Cafe by searching Google or Bing … and many of these come to the Cafe by searching Images. For example, someone may be searching for one of the actresses or actors in Hollywood Comes to Woodstock and they end up viewing a picture at the Cafe. We have a lot of this minute by minute. Another example is searching “Jennica Heifer” in quotes in Google Images. In case you forgot, Jennica was the Ace Reporter for the Villager at the time . If you search Jennica in Images, you get a picture of Stephen Spielberg or a poster for the movie “Murial’s Wedding”which were published in “Hollywood” at the Cafe.
It’s the page turns (clicks) that are the mosts telling because turning pages suggests that some reading is going on. Lately we’ve had over 70,000 page turns per month (see Table below) and “in-and-out visitors” contribute little to this number. Our bandwidth is also very high suggesting that visitors stay for a while.
Valley Girl might suggest that since we have few commentors, there’s nothing going on at the Cafe. I took a look at some ‘mega’ websites to see their level of comments. Take the Courant for example which has 666,937 unique visitors and 2,312,408 visits per year (these stats can be obtained at compete.com but they are surely an under estimate). If you check the comments of the Courant Columnists, you will find that Ubinas got 37 comments on her most recent post, our friend Rick Green got 17, and Colin McEnroe got 3. I went to the next level at USAToday. This newspaper had an article on the Dems final push to pass healthcare which had 1942 comments at the time I looked (there are many repeat commentors per article). So I guess some of their 13,804,558 unique visitors during their 44,240,220 visits (I go there multiple times a day) got up the gumption to leave a comment. The point to be made here is that only a very low percentage of visitors ever comment – this is the norm for web surfers and it’s the norm in Woodstock. See the stats for the last 14 months below.
There is also a visitor map below. Even though we receive spam from Russia, these so-called visitors do not show up in our visitor map. This is because these spammers are not counted as ‘visitors’. Read the rest of this entry »