November 23, 2006

Who do you think you are?

Who reads this blog? Well, you clearly do. But who are you?

I’ve been playing with my hit-counter and finding out an awful lot about you. The civil libertarians will just love that!

First up, you’re a technologically advanced bunch. Only 61% of you are using Internet Explorer. I’d recommend joining the 32% using Firefox! In fact 10% of my readers are on Firefox 2.0, which only came out this month. Well done to the one guy using ‘Konqueror’ – you really are cool…

Only 91% of you are using Windows.

98% of you have English as your first language (which is handy).

Over 90% of you have broadband (that means more video and audio then…)

31% of you got here from Google.

Your favourite entries this month were about the Muslim veil, oral sex, the Queen’s speech, and the Leamington Bar and Grill, an entry which I wrote over a year ago but which is quite popular on the search engines! Lucky I wrote them a favourable review – I reckon I must have given them several tables full of customers!

You read pretty damn quickly! On average it takes you 3.06 seconds to read each post which is very clever of you! (I suspect people read the first three words and give up).

If I write a serious, intellectual post, you’re much more likely to read something else on my blog. But if I write something flippant, you’ll probably carry on browsing elsewhere… My most flippant entries this month have been my review of Borat and an old one about BBC Radio 1. Which probably says more about the attention span of Vernon Kay fans.

63% of you are reading this blog for the first time ever. The rest are regulars.

Top referrals this month have come from Google, Technorati, Cardiff Journalism School, Bloggers4Labour, Adam Westbrook, BBC News, Counterspin, Dave Sheffield, Blamerbell, Facebook, The Stage magazine, Iain Dale, the Student Radio Association and The Times (in descending order).

I have more readers from Israel than from Palestine.

Two of you are reading this via satellite (I didn’t realise I had such a following in the Tora Bora caves!)

You’re reading this in Khorasan and Bakhtaran in Iran, Tamil Nadu in India, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Primor’ye in Russia, Al Qahirah in Egypt, Ar Riyad in Saudi Arabia, Cundinamarca in Colombia, as well as Bahrain, Guam, Tanzania, Panama, Bosnia, Monaco, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Croatia and Fiji.

All of which is a fantastic advert for Google Analytics which is probably the most interesting thing you can do with you blog.

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  1. How the hell!?!

    I’m impressed.

    23 Nov 2006, 23:33

  2. How do you know??

    24 Nov 2006, 01:03

  3. Eleanor Lovell

    Does it have a keyword analysis too? I am using Statcounter at the moment and it’s interesting to see what people type into search engines that gets them to your blog!

    24 Nov 2006, 09:12

  4. Yes it does have keyword analysis. The top keyword is “Leamington Bar and Grill” which is probably due to the restaurant not having a website, and me being the top hit on Google. Also in the Top 10 are “Matthew Mannion” (is he searching for himself?), “Spoony Radio 1”, “Jeremy Bowen”, “Tracey Temple”, “Warwick Blogs” and “The State Within”.

    I have no idea why so many people read my blog, but Google seems to be to blame for most of it.

    24 Nov 2006, 10:40

  5. Nick Howes

    “Matthew Mannion” (is he searching for himself?)

    I doubt it as he gets very annoyed at people misspelling Mathew :)

    24 Nov 2006, 13:03

  6. Ah yes, it must have been him searching for himself (132 times!) as it was spelt ‘Mathew’.

    24 Nov 2006, 13:29

  7. Well, I wouldn’t quite say the logic reverses in that way :)

    25 Nov 2006, 17:18

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