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September 24, 2003

Blog navel gazing

Hey all, taking a break from the hub-bub of regular blogging. Something that I noticed recently when looking @ our traffic-we have gone up to 1,000 hits from about 600 in 2 weeks. Most of these new hits seem to be through search engines. Interestingly, the average length of visit has gone from about 3:30 to 2:46.

I decided to copy some data from The Truth Laid Bear Traffic Ranking. I then sampled some site meter results and converted the time in minutes:seconds into seconds, and multiplied seconds*hits. The results are in excel format, some interesting things to notice-I concentrated on the top end of the blogosphere as well as around GENE EXPRESSION.....

Posted by razib at 03:09 PM

2:46 is still pretty good though. Some of those times are amazingly low.
Did the increased traffic from search engines show any pattern? I guess analyzing server logs to figure it out would be kind of a slog...

Posted by: bbartlog at September 25, 2003 08:20 AM

Did the increased traffic from search engines show any pattern?

look at extreme tracker, it is a pretty good rep. of keywords. obviously, the visitors have a bimodal distribution in visit length-and if you look at the low visit time sites-you usually see a much higher % of people who come via search and to a lesser extent referral. our "direct hit" percentage is kind of high for a site of our traffic leve.

Posted by: razib at September 25, 2003 12:37 PM