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Douglas
Posted at: Mar 4, 2008 at 7:19 AM 
It always amuses me to see what people search for in google and other search engines that leads them to this site.

A few months ago, the most common search term people used to find this site was "rhinonceros", which just goes to show that a lot of people have as hard a time with spelling as Rabbit Stu (that's a bit of a joke, and if you missed it, it comes from one of the earliest poems posted on the site: Spinach and Butterflies).

So here are some more recent statistics.

Currently the most frequently used search terms that bring people to the site are related to George Washington and his secrets and his hobbies. The page they find is: George Washington's Secret Hobby.

A lot of people stumble on the site trying to find out whether the plural of moose is mooses. The Plural of Moose. Angela should be proud to know that her poem is on the first page of Google results if you search for "plural of moose".

And, after that, the next most common is variations on the phrase "fable skunk and rat", which leads them to The Fable of the Rat and the Skunk. I figure the only way people are searching for that particular phrase is if they've read the story once, and then decide later they want to find it again.

I may post more interesting tidbits here as time goes on.

Douglas
Posted at: Mar 4, 2008 at 8:06 AM 
SWEDEN??

81% of our site traffic comes from the United States (250 people from the US visited the site yesterday)

Strangely, 9% of the traffic (29 visitors) was from Sweden. Are any of our members from Sweden?

Australia and the Russian Federation are next with 6 visitors apiece.

Mathax
Posted at: Mar 4, 2008 at 5:09 PM 
Nope.

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 4, 2008 at 7:26 PM 
LOL!!! Do you really have that many people looking at the site daily? Cool!!

Douglas
Posted at: Mar 5, 2008 at 5:35 AM 
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Nope.

How in the world do you know that none of our members are from Sweden?

Douglas
Posted at: Mar 5, 2008 at 5:47 AM 
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LOL!!! Do you really have that many people looking at the site daily? Cool!!

Yep. And yesterday we had about 2500 page views just on members' writings. (Total of over 6000 page views, including the forum, the main page, profile pages, etc)

Mathax
Posted at: Mar 5, 2008 at 7:38 AM 
I meant I was not from Sweden.

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM 
Sweet... :-)

Douglas
Posted at: Mar 14, 2008 at 7:12 AM 
Besides getting search information, the traffic stats shows me a lot of other information, like common things that people do which result in page errors.

For instance, I was interested to see that visitors who visit a URL like this:

http://www.fifteenminutesoffiction.com/user/janee/2008/regrets.asp

Are likely as not to manually remove "regrets.asp" from the address bar when they're done reading the story, which results in a URL like this:

http://www.fifteenminutesoffiction.com/user/janee/2008/

They're assuming that this will give them a page listing all the writer's stories/poems from the year 2008.

That page didn't exist, but now it does. If you have your own folder, you'll notice the next time you visit your profile that you have an extra section titled "Writing History", which breaks down your writing by years.

Which, of course, means that when someone finds a piece they like, it's even easier for them to find more writings by you.

You're welcome. :D

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM 
haha! Nice... :-)

Douglas
Posted at: Apr 2, 2008 at 4:52 AM 
Yesterday we had over 500 distinct visitors to the site - not bad for a site that's only been alive for six months. Canada has replaced Sweden as the second most popular country-of-origin for our visitors. I think this is because there are some Canadian schools that are using the site for weekly writing prompts. Sadly, all the students are doing anonymous posting for their teachers, so the rest of us never get to see it!

I think I figured out why we regularly have visitors from Sweden on the site - I think it's because of this poem: Today I Wish That I Was a Moose

erika
Posted at: Sep 24, 2009 at 3:38 PM 
I wonder if people from Germany knows about this website because I a half German and half American.
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