Website stats

I hope you’ll forgive me, but I’m spying on you! Well, sort of, in a very anonymous kind of way. It’s helpful for me to know what visitors are looking for when they come to my website, and how many visitors I’m getting. That kind of thing. So to help with that, I use Google Analytics. That tells me most of the things I’d want to know about visitors to this website.

The number of visitor is always  quite interesting. Peaks in the visitor rate, as shown above, can normally be correlated to events or Oxford college balls that I have photographed, and are people who have coming looking for their ball photos. These peaks often start building during the ball – people expect me to work fast to get the photos online!

The more amusing details that Google Analytics tells me are search terms used to find my website. As expected there are are lot of “acooldryplace” and variations on that them. My favourite of those was “the pretty cool place photography” – obviously I don’t come across as very cool. My site is also popular for those searching for “trash the dress” photography, “ball photography oxford” and even engagement and wedding photography in Oxford, but the rarer hits are the more interesting  – “screen printing wedding stationary”, “bean time lapse” & “tutors at Oxilp” have all been used and followed to my website. I know why I have come up for all of them, but I can’t imagine I rank that highly in any search engine for those terms.

If you’re looking for screen printing wedding stationery or bean time lapse I can help. I have no idea of the tutors at Oxilp, but I hope to see you at one of their balls.

I spy with my little eye…

4 thoughts on “I spy with my little eye…

  • April 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm
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    I hope they were searching for stationery rather than stationary – otherwise you have lots of spelling mistakes in your blog 😉

    would be interesting to see the y axis scale on that graph! are we talking 10’s or 100’s? Call yourself a scientist, tut tut!

  • April 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm
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    they were searching for “stationary” but that doesn’t appear on my blog, except for on this page. Google probably guessed what they wanted.

    The y-axis was hidden for a reason. I wouldn’t want to give away all my secrets to my rivals. But it is 100’s, and several of them at least.

  • April 10, 2009 at 7:45 am
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    Now you’ve written about these irrelevant topics, won’t you go up in the search results?

    That can only mean more visitors, more pagerank and inclusion in more irrelevant searches. Looking forward to part 2, where people reach you looking for “green cross code manual” and “Byzantine artefacts”….

  • April 10, 2009 at 9:07 am
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    hehe sorry ‘stationary’ it is one of my pet peeves! I regularly email very professional-looking websites to tell them to check their dictionary!!

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