Saturday, December 31, 2011


2011 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

My website has become decreasingly popular, which has decreased my interest from what it was when I could see it growing. 2011 saw a significant decline in sessions on my website compared to previous years, with Urchin reporting:

2007: 1,548,099

2008: 1,505,117

2009: 1,483,335

2010: 1,744,189

2011: 1,074,481

Pageviews were closer to 1,500,000 in 2011, because many people look a more than one page during a single session. Website sessions were about equal in each of October, November, and December of 2011 at about a hundred thousand per month, according to Urchin. Google Analytics reported that I got closer to 800,000 unique visitors in 2011. Unique visitors would be a smaller number than sessions, insofar as some visitors may return to my website on different sessions. According to Google Analytics, about 13% of the visitors to my website have visited the website before, and about 75% of the visits come from searches, and about 15% come from referrals.

According to at the end of December 2011, my website had a global 3-month average ranking of about 520,000, as opposed to a world ranking of 300,000 in 2010. My USA 3-month average ranking did not decline as much, 152,000 at the end of December 2011 compared to 130,000 at the end of December 2010.

Normally hits on my website increase from January to April, but in 2011 they declined. I believe that my website is losing out to Wikipedia. In particular the most popular page on my website has been Causes of Death. In previous years Googling "Causes of Death" brought my website on top, but that ceased to be the case early in 2011. Currently, my website is fourth, following the CDC and Wikipedia websites.

I don't have much more that I am inclined to blog about concerning my website, this year. But that certainly doesn't mean I have lost interest in my website, quite the contrary. In 2011 I have added many more pages to my website than I have added in a long time, especially in the Philosophy and Health sections.

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