Tuesday 29th July 2008
A long time ago, possibly last year, I promised to round up some statistics about the site, such as the number of visitors. Sorry it’s taken so long, but here it finally is. As a point of comparison, here’s the first and possibly last time I wrote about this stuff.
Entries and annotations
The Diary section of the site currently has 2,053 entries (not all of them published yet) and 41,466 annotations (this figure doesn’t include spam annotations), so that’s an average of about 20 annotations per diary entry. Here’s a graph from Movable Type showing the number of annotations on diary entries over the past four months:
The Encyclopedia section features 3,049 topics (again, not all published), 1,724 of them people, and 6,791 annotations. Here’s the annotations graph for the Encyclopedia:
The In-Depth Articles and the Site News sections of the site have received 180 and 919 comments respectively making for a grand total of 49,356 across the whole site.
Every link from a Diary entry to an Encyclopedia topic creates a reference back to the Diary entry and there have been 30,581 of these to date.
Visitors, page views, etc.
According to Google Analytics, over the past month (29th June to 28th July) the site has had 25,378 Absolute Unique Visitors (ie, different people) visiting a total of 54,240 times for a total of 132,465 Pageviews.
Here are some graphs of daily statistics from May 2007, the earliest I have Google Analytics data for (click to see larger versions).
This is an indication of where traffic comes from:
(“Direct Traffic” is people who have bookmarked the site or type the URL in; “Search engines” is visits that came from someone searching on Google etc; and “Referring Sites” is visits that occurred by someone following a link from any other site to get here.)
Here are the top 25 things people searched for on search engines to get here (numbers in brackets are the number of visits for that search term over the past month):
- pepys (1,163)
- pepys diary (1,129)
- samuel pepys (647)
- diary (514)
- samuel pepys diary (277)
- pepysdiary (196)
- trinity monday (168)
- pepys diary online (165)
- louise de queroelle (144)
- whitehall palace (135)
- “buttered ale” (121)
- burgundy wine london 17th century (110)
- pepysdiary.com (95)
- elizabeth pepys (93)
- www.pepysdiary.com (84)
- lady castlemaine (77)
- samuel pypes (69)
- diary of samuel pepys (68)
- samuel pepys sex (63)
- samuel pepys diaries (56)
- “william penn” pepys shitten (55)
- the diary of samuel pepys (55)
- nicolas barbon (53)
- “cum salis grano” (48)
- plague pepys (47)
RSS feeds and email
Finally, a summary of how many people read the site via RSS or email (possibly in addition to on the web). The main Diary feed has 2,461 subscribers, the Story So Far feed has 106 subscribers, the Encyclopedia 60 subscribers, Site News 72 and In-Depth Articles 59.
Here’s a graph showing the number of subscribers to the Diary feed since I started using FeedBurner to host the feeds in October 2007:
This is a break-down of how subscribers to the Diary feed have been reading it over the past month:
There are currently 131 people receiving daily Diary entries via email.
If there are any statistics you’d like to know which I’ve left out, do ask below and if they’re available I’ll update the post.