Recently, I posted a Linux Blog article on a number of social bookmark sites including reddit.com, del.icio.us, digg.com and stumbleupon.com. The article generated limited interest on most of these sites with the exception of reddit.com. The volume of reddit readers visiting in the initial twelve hours was extraordinary. What follows are detailed web server statistics for the linux.dsplabs.com.au sub-domain under redditor invasion. For the most part, the stats are based on the free AWStats software. However, some Google Analytics visitor info and Feedburner RSS feed subscription stats are also included.
This Linux Blog has been on-line for about six months now. The traffic has been slowly growing towards a hundred visitors per day. This growth can, in a large part, be attributed to the creation of posts that describe how to get around various Linux-related issues and bugs. However, generation of even seemingly simple content requires a lot of time and effort! It takes longer still for search engine rankings to build-up, for back-links to appear and for visitors to subscribe to RSS feeds. Needless to say there is a long road ahead. Last weekend, in an effort to spread the word, I posted the link to Linux Blog's introduction to Résumés with LATEX on reddit.com. The response was great! Here is a summary of the web server traffic for the month of December up until the Xmas time.
The figure below shows the monthly traffic overview, i.e. steady visitor volume increase up until the December invasion.
Here is a day by day dissection of the website traffic for the month of December.
Comparatively speaking… six months worth of primarily Google and Linux forums based referral traffic gets owned by one hour of referrals from the front page of reddit! Here is the hourly data.
The majority of reddit visitors were from the United States. Here are the top 25 countries.
Here is a geographical country-based visitor volume overview courtesy of Google Analytics.
Referral site overview is shown below. Go reddit! There are also some referrals from sites that leech popular URLs.
Spider or robot access stats for the month of December are shown below. These are not related to the reddit stats, however they still quite interesting.
For obvious reasons, in the past the typical access to the Linux Blog has been dominated by Linux-based hosts. However, as the overview below shows the larger part of visitors in the month of December connected from Windows-based PCs.
Go Firefox! Any ideas of what Unknown could be? Browsers with disabled identification? New IE? Scripts?
Ouch… bandwidth crunching PNG screenshots: 13 GB just in PNGs?! Gotta start compressing them more.
With well over 10000 reddit referred visitors… how many did actually read or found the information useful? I guesstimate maybe 5%. Unfortunately the majority of visitors left within 30 seconds as shown in the visits duration stats below.
There are some new RSS feed subscribers welcome!
The count has spiked and then dropped somewhat. Here are more detailed feedburner feed subscription stats.
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