Msg 1 Posted: 07:08 AM 07/23/09 (CST)
If you have been visiting this forum for a while, you know that every once in a while we post statistics on how the site is doing. We do this because we feel that we are all a team here and everyone deserves to know some of the information that pertains to this site. The site is 5 years, 4 months old (our birthday was February 6th) and considering how young the site is... Well... it appears we are doing great! If this stuff bores you... just pretend this post isn't here. |
Don't know where to start so I will just dig in!
In April and May of 2009, we continued to pick up on new users. This is a good thing! It started with the opener and is still going pretty good. Usually after the opener into the summer, new users fall off a bit, but this year we are seeing that trend changing. We continue to get great responses on the tournament page which continues to rank very well in Google (#1 for minnesota fishing tournaments AND minnesota fishing contests). In June we got a bit over 122,000 visits. This was up by about 2,000 from the previous month. Not bad considering June in the past has usually seen a drop-off in users. We also had an upturn in forum views from April to June. April views were at 243,332 and February shows 279,427. Cool Beans, eh?
All in all, I think we are doing great. We seem to have a steady uptick in users, the search engine stuff is going well and we are starting to see some reports from all over the state... which is what this site should be all about. Like usual though, it is clear that the fall and spring months are busier then the winter and summer months and we are steadily climbing from year to year, overall. This last winter season and the opener is the best we have had so far and I would like to thank the ice fishing community for stepping in and really keeping the forum going strong during the cold months... I can remember the days when we were getting a post a week... things have changed quite a bit since then and that was just over 5 years ago. So... keep on moving forward, eh?
The bounce rate went down slightly, from 66.01% to 60.9%. The Bounce Rate is the number of times a user hits a page and then just leaves. It's still pretty bad... I need to find a way to rope these visitors in, maybe... We used to be very bad at this and saw some improvement and now are slipping again - a lot of first time visitors hit the home page and then leave. I thought maybe the new design would help keep people around a bit longer, and though the bouce rate is better, it still is way too high, I think.
In June, 77.63% of all new visits were referred by a search engine - I still get a kick out of this. 8.76% were referred by another site (this is up a bit - it was a bit over 7% last month), and 13.61% were not referred. What this means is that 13.61% of the visitors either filled in the site in the browser address bar or bookmarked the site (this is down a couple of points from May).
So what are the most popular pages in June? Well, I thought you would never ask!
Here are the top 5...
1 /minnesota-fishing-forum.taf - the forum, of course
2 /minnesota-fishing-pictures.taf - Whoa! - The pics pages!?!?
3 /minnesota-fishing-blog.taf Whoa Again! - The Blog! _ not bad for being new!
4 /minnesota-fishing-buddy-up.taf Huh? - No one ever uses it, but lots of visitors!
5 /minnesota-fishing.taf - The home page - Wow... Most sites, this would be #1.
There is a caveate here... pur profile pages are #6. I still find it interesting that our users get looked at as much as they do. There are some bad fishing sites out there trying to farm email addresses. Be careful about whether or not you really want to show your email address in your profile, eh?
Following are search engine referrals...
1. google 72.22%
2. yahoo 11.62%
3. bing 8.4%
4. live 3.44%
5. aol 1.25%
6. search 1.14%
7. ask 0.13%
8. altavista - who cares
9. cnn - cnn search?
10. alltheweb - does anyone even use this one?
Google has pretty much dominated like usual... Bing is brand new and I have been seeing good referrals on other sites, but we are pretty low here at My Fishing Pals for it.
Ranking has been all over the place on Google, the phrase Minnesota Fishing is popping us up at #9 (up 1), sometimes #8. Minnesota Fishing Forum we are still at #2. Minnesota fishermen and Minnesota fishing tournaments and minnesota fishing contests - we are still #1 - - - HORRAY!!! Minnesota DNR fell drastically to #16 and #17 (down a bunch) - That's a tough one to get, folks! MN fishing reports went to #5 and #6 (up 1). Minnesota fishing stories are at #1 and #2 along with mn fishing tournaments. MN fishing pictures and Minnesota fishing pictures are at #1 and #2. MN fishing articles and Minnesota fishing articles, we are at #1 and #2. MN fishing news we went up to #3 and #4 (up a couple). Minnesota fishing news stayed the same at #3 and #4. Ya da ya da ya da...
I used to give stats on Yahoo and MSN (the new Bing), but what the heck. We aren't getting enough referrals from those search engines to even worry about it anymore. If the market share changes on this, in the future, we will start adding these stats back in, eh?
Some of the phrases being used to find us. Here is a list of the top 10 for all searches...
1. minnesota fishing reports
2. mn fishing reports
3. minnesota fishing tournamnets
4. lake maps minnesota
5. minnesota fishing forum
6. munnesota fishing forums
7. mn lake maps
9. minnesota dnr
10. slow death fishing ?!?!- what the heck is this? 280 people searched for this!
mmmm.... Dontchya find this stuff interesting!
Now for referrals from other web sites. A BIG THANK YOU!!!! These are people who were at another site and clicked a link to get here. Here are the top 5...
Click 'em folks! It's the least we could do!
Anyway, that's it for now. Not bad for a site that is 5 and a half years old! The birthday for the site is February 26, 2004. That is the first day we went live. I would like to thank everyone for their support. If anyone has any questions, you can post them here.
Catch Ya Later!