Friday, 19 November 2010

Statistics and Blog Analytics

John Naylor was pointing out a while ago that the number in the counter on the bottom page of this site is getting bigger and bigger. Its now over 7500. First of all this does NOT mean that we have 7500 users (unique users to use the jargon). Its counting page views, which may be repeat visits by the same people, and count several page views in one visit.

Last August I added some script to start collecting stats on site visits in a Google Analytics account. This is more detailed and accurate. Since then we have apparently had 242 'absolute unique visitors'. Which is many more than we have in our club. GA also shows where the 'traffic' comes from, and one of the spikes was caused by a reference from ecforum (English Chess Forum) where they were talking about setting up chess blogs and trading links (see here). WE GOT A MENTION ALONGSIDE SUSAN POLGAR'S BLOG. Thank you Michael Jones.

Want to know what he said about us? 'Rugby: Works pretty well, with several players making regular contributions.'

So ... besides being dead chuffed, I would like to see some contributions chaps. C'mon, I know that you can do it. If you are rusty meet me at the next social chess (6 December) and I will show you/remind you what you need to do.