Tuesday, December 31, 2013


2013 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

  I still feel some necessity to report on my website statistics every year, although my 2013 report has about the same sentiment as my 2012 report. GOOGLE ANALYTICS records that my website received about 250,000 unique visitors in 2013, another yearly plunge. But ALEXA still has my website's world ranking at just below one million -- about the same as for 2012.

Sunday, January 06, 2013


2012 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

I am becoming pretty demoralized as well as disinterested in my website statistics. GOOGLE ANALYTICS reported that my website got about 800,000 unique visitors in both 2010 and 2011, but in 2012 that number  dropped to just over 400,000. My 2012 world ranking on ALEXA.COM has dropped to below the one million mark -- half the ranking I had in 2011 (which was about 500,000). My USA ranking with ALEXA was about 260,000 in 2012.

In 2012 I have not spent as much time working on my website as I had previously, and I expect to be spending even less time working on my website in 2013. Some of the scientific material is embarrassingly dated. I expect most web-browsers have found websites from which to get such information that provides more assurance of being authoritative than a person webpage. As I have mentioned before, I believe I have lost a lot of readers to Wikipedia. My pages show up much less these days on Google searches and searches by other search engines.

I will continue to write on my website as a means of self-expression, and I hope other people can benefit from what I write. Frankly, much of my writing has been for my own benefit, anyway. I cannot remember everything I have learned and put on my website, so looking at my website is a good way to refresh my memory. If I have gone into a subject in depth and written about it, it is very helpful for me to return to my webpage on the subject years later. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


More on the 2011 decline at benbest.com

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Wikipedia was blacked-out for 24 hours in protesting SOPA and PIPA, which caused me to wonder if my website statistics would jump for the day. In checking my Urchin statistics on Thursday I saw there was some increase over what would be expected for a Wednesday, but it was not great. More relevant, I think, is the fact that my FireFox brower (or Urchin) would not let me enter benbest.com until a security exception was registered in which I acknowledged that there are risks to visiting the site. If this kind of barrier is now in place for my website on many browsers, that could explain a precipitous decline. On the other hand, the restriction may only apply to the Urchin browser access to my website statistics.

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 Alexa.com 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.

Friday, December 31, 2010


2010 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

Last year I believed that traffic on my website had peaked in 2007. But 2010 exceeded the previous few years in number of unique sessions, according to Urchin:

2007: 1,548,099

2008: 1,505,117

2009: 1,483,335

2010: 1,744,189

The pattern of website hits climbing gradually from August to December was not repeated in 2010, as distinct from the previous few years. In 2010 peak activity was in October:






In December 2010 my website had a 3-month average world ranking of about 300,000, compared to about 230,000 in December 2009, and about 170,000 in December 2008. In December 2010 my USA 3-month average ranking was about 130,000 compared to about 90,000 in December 2009. But on October 17, 2010 my USA ranking was about 73,000.

My The History of Christmas page was responsible for increasing my late Fall hits considerably in the past, but was less influential in 2010. Googling "history of Christmas", "the history of Christmas", and "Christmas history" still shows my webpage on the first page of Google, but the ranking is not as high. In 2009 my The History of Christmas page peaked at 1,312 hits on December 15, but in 2010 it peaked at 1,110 hits on December 24. Possibly there was enough of an increase in home computers in 2010 to make home sources exceed school sources for the first time.

Around March 2010 I began tracking pages on my website with Google Analytics as well as with Urchin. A visual inspection of visits to my website on Google Analytics in the Fall of 2010 indicates a series of "hills", where each "hill" corresponds to hits over 4,000 daily on weekends and under 4,000 on weekends (especially Saturdays, less drop on Fridays and Sundays). The general trend is upward to mid-October and fairly level (though slightly downward) to mid-December. The peak in October was Monday, October 18 with 5,225 hits (not an extreme variance from the following days). The second half of December was mostly below 3,000 hits per day, with the exception of Monday, December 27, which had 7,934 hits. For December 27, 5,865 of those hits were to the single webpage Is Longevity Entirely Hereditary? , which according to Urchin were nearly all from the bing.com search engine. There was no special spike from google.com searches on that day. Usually, a "one-day wonder" for one of my webpages is the result of some blog or newspaper article mentioning the page, so it is mysterious to me that a "one-day wonder" for a webpage would come from a particular search engine.

Google Analytics recorded about a million visitors to my website in the last ten months of 2010 from 222 countries. The only countries obviously missing were North Korea, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, French Guiana, and some African countries. On a percentage basis, my source of visits was:

United States 60.8%

Canada 7.8%

United Kingdom 7.1%

Australia 4.2%

India 3.9%

Philippines 2.3%

Germany 1.3%

Malaysia 1.1%

Singapore 0.8%

New Zealand 0.7%

According to Google Analytics, the average time spent on one of the pages of my website was 41 seconds. But 13,785 pages were listed. I only have about 190 pages on my website, so the count must be including every graphic, of which there are many (but not that many). Time spent on the more popular pages, however, is more in the range of 3 to 6 minutes. Below are the percent popularities and time spent on my most popular pages according to Google Analytics. I have converted number of unique pageviews into percentages based on an estimation of one million visitors in the last ten months of 2010. This means 197,724 unique page views become 20% of total visits. (You have
to look WAY DOWN in this silly Blogger)

Webpage Percent and Time Spent
Webpage                                                  Percent          Min:Sec

Causes of Death
Brain Neurotransmitters13%4:59

Death by Murder

The History of Christmas

The Uses of Financial Statements
Brain Areas Supporting Cerebral Cortex Function 3%2:39

Figuring the Odds (Probability Puzzles)

Mechanisms of Aging
Basic Cerebral Cortex Function Other than Vision 2%1:52
The Amygdala and the Emotions2%3:51


Is Caffeine a Health Hazard?

Fats You Need — Essential Fatty Acids

Does Excess Protein Cause Kidney Damage?

Alcohol — Health Benefit or Hazard?
N-AcetylCysteine (NAC)2%3:56
Phytochemicals as Nutraceuticals1%2:43
Lessons for Cryonics from Metallurgy and Ceramics 1%3:01
Perfusion & Diffusion in Cryonics Protocol 1%1:49

Thursday, December 31, 2009


2009 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

Traffic on my website peaked in 2007 with 1,548,099 unique sessions, declining slightly in 2008 to 1,505,117 and then to 1,483,335 in 2009. I attribute this to competition from Wikipedia. My use of unsophisticated HTML and the "old fashioned" appearance of my website may also be a factor. I am mainly interested in content rather than form, and I have not bothered to learn how to produce better-looking form.

According to ALEXA.COM on December 31, 2008 the 3-month average world-wide ranking for BENBEST.COM was 170,071, but only got to as high as 237,651 in December 2009. Three month ranking in the United States peaked at 90,096 on Christmas Eve. At the end of December, BENBEST.COM was receiving 1.3 ten-thousandths of one percent of website hits in the world.

Alexa.com is now giving demographic information on the sources of sessions. The overwhelming largest source of sessions to BENBEST.COM is school browsers. That makes sense of the fact that that largest education category of my users is "some college" and the second largest age category is 18-24. But it does not explain why the largest represented age group is 45-54 and why female visitors are over-represented, whereas male visitors are under-represented. Although I can understand how Alexa can distinguish school browsers from home and work browsers, I am skeptical that it can determine gender or age group with accuracy.

As usual, October (145,846), November (148,709), and December 155,688) — in that order — were the months with the highest session counts in 2009. As usual, there were about twice as many sessions in the first half of December as in the second half. Most of the year, Causes of Death is the most popular page on my website. The History of Christmas averages 30-40 hits per day during most of the year, but on December 14 this year it peaked at 1,312 hits. Every year, Death by Murder becomes the most popular page on my website between Christmas and New Year's, peaking just before New Year's and never the most popular during the rest of the year.

Here are my comparisons of the PageViews I got in December 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 for some of my favorite pages:

December PageViews

The History of Christmas

Mechanisms of Aging

Alcohol — Health Benefit or Hazard?

Cryonics — Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Vitrification in Cryonics

Say's Law and Economic Growth

An Austrian Theory of Business Cycles

Schemers in the Web


The decline of many of my long established pages is offset
by the rise of other pages. In December 2009

Causes of Death
got 19,675 hits,

Death by Murder
got 16,387 hits,

Brain Neurotransmitters
got 12,093 hits, and

Perfusion & Diffusion in Cryonics Protocol
got 5,054 hits

December PageViews by Search Phrase
history of christmas7,9542,4421,8053,175
christmas history7474945481,056
causes of death565805956370
essential fatty acids9077107177
say's law8665126155

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


2008 Statistics for BENBEST.COM

Traffic on my website seems to be declining
slightly. In 2008 there were 1,505,117 unique
sessions as opposed to 1,548,099 unique sessions
in 2007, 1,491,845 in 2006, and 1,252,175 in 2005.
Pageviews were 2,127,350 in 2008 as opposed to
2,137,172 pageviews in 2007, 2,197,133
in 2006 and 1,668,890 in 2005. In seeming
contraction to these stats, according
to the traffic rankings at

on December 31, 2008 the
3-month average world-wide ranking for


was 170,071, which was more than three times as high as

Alcor Life Extension Foundation
(565,401) and more
than six times as high as the

Cryonics Institute
(1,116,857). My highest country ranking by Alexis.com
was in Sri Lanka, for some reason: 12,592 followed by the
Philippines: 42,097. My rankings in the United States,
Canada, China and the United Kingdom were 80,264, 101,348,
121,743 and 180,585 respectively. Overall, 45.8% of my
traffic came from the United States and 9.8% came from China

Below are some tables that summarize comparative
statistics for my website in the last few of years.
All of the data may be understated because I have heard
that some ISPs like AOL do caching of websites, so I would
not record many AOL hits (actually I never see AOL as a
source in my statistics).

Here are my comparisons of the PageViews I got in December
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 for some of my favorite pages (you have
to look WAY DOWN in this silly Blogger):

December PageViews

The History of Christmas

Mechanisms of Aging

Alcohol -- Health Benefit or Hazard?

Cryonics -- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Vitrification in Cryonics

Say's Law and Economic Growth

An Austrian Theory of Business Cycles

Schemers in the Web

The decline of many of my long established pages is offset
by the rise of other pages.
Causes of Death
at 13,346 in 2008 has been a very popular staple on
my website for a long time.

Brain Neurotransmitters
at 10,527,

Diffusion and Perfusion in Cryonics Protocol
at 4,092 and

Cancer Death
at 3,714 were very popular in 2008.

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the most popular page on my website year-round is generallyCauses of Death. The second most popular page on my website is usually
Death by Murder
(although Brain Neurotransmitters sometimes is second). But I have noticed that during the period between Christmas and early January, Death by Murder will be the most popular page. My speculation about why this happens is that people browsing the web during that period are mostly looking for entertainment, whereas during the rest of the year there are more people doing research.

The search phrases now distinguish between "history of christmas" (1,805) and
"the history of christmas" (1,709) which may have affected the "history of
christmas" statistic. A couple of other popular terms/phrases in 2008
were "glutamate" (1,162) and "amygdala function" (374).

Monthly Sessions

December PageViews by Search Phrase
history of christmas6,1647,9542,4421,805
christmas history1,134747494548
causes of death222565805956
obsessive love751510016
lipoic acid96300115102
essential fatty acids1249077107
say's law1158665126

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