Useless Site Statistics

On the second day of each month my monthly cumulative statistics report contains just one day’s information. That can sometimes reveal some interesting, but mostly useless information, so I thought I’d share some of the things that caught my eye.


Firstly, 12141 hits from 1996 unique IP addresses. Not sure how that counts as only 1477 visits; I would expect the visits count to be at least as high as the unique IP address counter since each address must have visited the site at least once) Perhaps it tracks carryover visits from the previous day, or perhaps it is just broken. The hit count does match the number of lines in the raw logfile though.

Of those 12141 hits, 2687 were direct requests and the majority of the rest came from Google’s image search. There were also almost 500 ‘hits’ referred from (which are people linking to my images).Top of the 150 different search strings used to find something on the site were darth vader (115), hawaiian flowers (105), anakin (44) and camels (33).

The browser list, unsurprisingly, has Internet Explorer (including AOL and other special variants, and both Windows and Mac versions) being used for over 8000 of the hits (around two thirds). There are still a number of Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 users showing up, as well as IE 5.x users on Windows. Perhaps more unusual was Sony’s PlayStation Portable registering 15 hits.

Finally, in one day there were visits from 52 different countries, as well as visitors from .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov, .mil and .int, and 4830 hits that could not be matched against a known TLD.

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