Right, I will almost certainly regret doing this but I have decided to do a Statporn entry for May. I have not done one of these before, I guess because my traffic was fairly light (although steadily growing) but last month was incredible (for me anyway).
Monday, 1 June 2009
I never know which one of these is most important but I got 21,931 Pageviews from 16,534 Visits and a total of 13,355 Absolute Unique Visitors. As a quick reference, my figures for the preceding 5 months Pageviews (when I first really started blogging properly and started recording the Analytics) were:
December - 94
January - 704
February - 836
March - 1,392
April - 4,246
So steady growth, I guess as I have got better known.
The main reasons for such high traffic this month were the MPs safe seats and expenses correlation story that I broke on here which spanned a few posts, were linked to by lots of blogs and got me on Radio 4's "More or Less" (although I didn't get much traffic from the link they put on bbc.co.uk for some reason) and the post about my eye witness account from Andrew MacKay's Bracknell meeting that I attended and blogged about just before he announced he was standing down.
My top 5 blog posts with the number of page views were:
Top 5 referring sites were:
1) Order Order (4,645) - Thanks Guido!
2) Bad Science (998) - My science hero, Ben Goldacre linked to me
3) Iain Dale's Diary (957) - Iain linked to both of my main stories
4) Guardian.co.uk (826) - Polly Toynbee linked to the safe seats post
5) Twitter.com (587) - This is partly down to Ben Goldacre tweeting my safe seats post (and loads of his followers retweeting it)
One of the reasons I hesitated before posting this is that I thought it might seem a bit self aggrandising and I really don't mean it to (not least because I am sure compared to many, these figures are quite low!). I just thought that people might be interested to see how after a few months of effort put into political blogging you can really start to get an audience for your work. Back last December I never would have imagined I could be getting so many people visiting me within 6 months.
The other reason is that I have now set myself a massive target for this month and unless I can break another big story (or two) it is a big ask! Still, you've got to aim high I suppose...
UPDATE: Edited to remove the Analytics chart as the resolution was rubbish and you couldn't read it!