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Metadata Monday

I haven’t had a “Metadata Monday” feature for some time.  Since I made my 300th post this past week and had my 30,000th page view the week before, I thought it was a good time to look over the various statistical indicators associated with my blog.

First, I average just under 60 page views a day (58.45 as of this morning!), and, as this chart shows, this figures seems to have leveled off over the last few months with just a slight upward trend.

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Since last November, when I began to use Google Analytics, I’ve averaged just over 1.5 page views per visitor. The average time on site is just over a minute-twenty (which hardly seems like enough!).  My bounce rate remains a respectable 73.99%.

The visitors hail from 118 countries with the U.S., Greece, the U.K., Canada, Italy, Australia, Cyprus, Germany, France, and Denmark being the best represented.  The top-ten states: Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and New Jersey.

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It is interesting to me to consider who reads my blog by looking at the major referring sites.  The top five referring domains (excluding large sites like Google Images) are: www.pkap.org, www.archaeology.org, www.und.edu, hnn.us, www.ascsa.edu.gr 

The top bunch of referring blogs includes: Iconoclasm, Grand Forks Life, Rogue Classicism, Electric Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy, Buildings, Objects, Situations, Historical Archaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean. It is great to see the readers of so many good blogs taking the time to click over to my modest offerings.  It is particularly heartening to see hits from Grand Forks Life, a blog focused on local affairs here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Part of the goal of this blog was to engage the local community in my research and interests and the traffic from this domain name suggests some success in this area!

For Sam Fee, here is my browser data: Internet Explorer (45.35%), Firefox (42.29%), Safari (7.64%), Opera (3.07%), Mozilla (0.71%). I’ve contrasted this with the metadata gathered from some more public web pages that my wife maintains (like http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/).  Hit on her site are dominated by Internet Explorer. It may be that my more academic audience prefers Firefox.

Thanks for reading my blog!

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