So I wrote it all in a letter…
When new content stopped appearing, traffic and interest quickly dwindled ’till a faint rustle, random individual pops and hisses. Google, Stumble Upon, Google, Google, blog, Reddit. A dozen hits a day. Every once in a while a small repost peak hit, but soon enough the signal cut back to static.
A look at some DHRECK.com stats.
The information here is all taken about 3 years after I stopped posting here, and before any new content was up. I plan to do an update at 3 or 6 months to show the changes and give a general feel of the numbers behind this site, maybe writing about other site “issues” as well. In the meantime I’ll try to upload something original every week or so and see what I can do to make these stats a bit more interesting.
Around the web:
Traffic has fallen to almost imperceptible levels and ranks at the bottom of Alexa, Technorati and Compete (unrated or has no data elsewhere). I didn’t use Facebook or Twitter at all before (that should change) and Feedburner never even got a chance. I don’t know what my highest ranking was during the 2-3 months I posted, but it wasn’t much.
On the Google Analytics front:
64.000 visits and a 112,000 views wasn’t too shabby for a new blog with only a couple of pieces of content, especially my kind of fleeting content, but it’s not too impressive either. Not too worried yet about the low time on site and pages viewed, since there wasn’t much to view (this should improve some), or the fact that everybody’s new here.
The Wii-mote Mods and Pixel Cookies did pretty good and drove most of the traffic. If the Hemp-mote is anything to go by then my upcoming Wii-mods should do pretty well when they are posted. I’m still trying to figure out how to get some of my other new things an audience. Don’t want to one trick pony too much.
Stumble Upon and Reddit are the biggest referrers, also the type of sites that help with exposure. Stumble upon is great for people that I have no reach with, who are on top of that, in a state of mind hoping to be surprised and interested. Reddit is great for attention even if the views on Reddit don’t really translate to views on site (also imgur is essential as a user but kills traffic dead). The rest comes from gaming blogs and magazines for the Wii-motes and, steadily getting more important, Twitter (I really should).
North America, Europe + Australia, the classics, with some variance if a local blog picked something up or not. It’s quite hard to reach or even know about the many languaged blogs out there, so it’s just a game of wait and see to find out where you get any traction outside of the big name English sites. Might be the best “working” real world example of trickle down I’ve seen.
Well, it’s not much yet, or very interesting at that, but it does give a pretty good 2-3 months of previous posting history to compare to in the future. So far my stuff had a couple of decent hits, but knowing what’s coming up, I hope I’ll do better, sinking into the net.