Website statistics can make fascinating reading.
On this site, for instance, I can tell at a glance that in the first eight hours of today we had 55 hits. Yesterday there were 150.
Since the site was launched last October there have been 27,953 and this has settled down now to a respectable 155 hits a day. The best day was 1,342 hits on the 6th of January when a story about our calendar was was featured on the AOL web site’s main news page.
These are genuine hits too, as the system discounts all webmaster and admin hits.
Now if this is all starting to sound a bit nerdy, things get a little more interesting when you get to the bottom of things.
Back in February we asked readers to vote on who had the best bum. The candidates were: the iconic Athena tennis bum poster, Anna Kournikova’s version, Kylie’s remake cheap cialis online and, of course, our own featuring the lovely Ellen Griffith.
Ellen won by a mile of course and that story planted a few tasty keywords for the great Googlegod to consume – and it turned out he/she was very hungry.
On any web site, many of the “new” visitors arrive via search engines. The Stats Application on our site is set up to show us what phrases people typed in to the search engines when they discovered our site – and boy does it make interesting reading!
It would appear there is a lot of interest in bums! Stats for the 50 most popular search terms used to find our site in the last three months show that almost 300 people searched with phrases relating directly to the four bums in our poll and that 106 of these has a specific interest in our own Miss February’s derrière!
Mr February’s bum, on the other hand, scored just four search engine hits – but don’t tell Dylan!
Tech note: In reality these figures are much higher as the system only displays the 50 most popular search terms. There were another three or four hundred that were used only once, twice or three times that are not displayed in the table.