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I don’t know where the hell sites like Quantcast and Compete come up with their numbers. Even when I had their code included their stats were way off. When the domain changed from .org to .us Quantcast hard a difficult time dealing with it, and was completely unable to handle the wiki software. Compete was bad enough when I had their code in the .org days, so I didn’t even bother including it in the wiki and new forum software. So I present screen shots of Google Analytics and AWStats. There are discrepancies between the two, but that is because Analytics counts only visitors with Java enabled who visit the wiki or forum, while AWStats counts everybody, including people who do nothing more than grab a .pdf file.
First let’s look at the traffic for the most recent 12 months:
Those severe troughs are from days when we had technical difficulties and were off the air. The Dow Jones-like plummet from 16,000 Java-enabled visitors a day in December 2011 to barely over 9,000 on weekdays in January reflects when Google changed its search algorithm and Crazymeds pages suddenly weren’t showing up in the top ten results of most people’s searches. When 80% of your traffic comes from search engines, your site lives or dies at the fickle whims of search algorithms.
Here’s AWStats’ view of the total traffic for September 2012. First the high-level summary of traffic for mid-April (when LunarPages tech support fixed what I broke) through when I took these snapshots in October:
The sine wave pattern in the Analytics chart reflects weekday vs. weekend traffic, which means a lot of the mentally interesting have jobs. Looking at the AWStats data for September we can see much more detail about daily visits:
The hourly traffic shows the mentally interesting aren’t as uniformly nocturnal as most people may think. With 85% of the site’s readers in North America, and 81% in the US1, and the hours set to Mountain Time (GMT −6, −7 during winter) “we” (although rarely I) stay up late, but not that much later than most Americans these days.
Here’s how people get to Crazymeds:
In September 2012 87% of traffic came from search engines, down slightly from 89% in August. 94% of search traffic still comes from Google. Again, that’s from Google Analytics, which means 80% of everybody who read at least one page on either the wiki or the forum (i.e. they didn’t just grab a .pdf file) and had Java turned on arrived at Crazymeds via a Google search. Anyone who arrived via a Google search and had Java turned but landed on, say, the Korean language Cymbalta Summary of Product Characteristics and didn’t go anywhere else would not be included in that stat. Why is having Java on important? Because if they don’t have Java enabled they won’t see any of Google’s AdSense ads. If someone doesn’t see an ad they can’t click on it, and I make my living with this site. They will see ads for Straitjacket T-shirts, the Straitjacket T-Shirts Annex at Zazzle, and Burning Mind Books, but I make around $100 a month, on a good month, from those efforts. It doesn’t matter if they have Java on or not if all they do is grab a .pdf file.
I Included the landing page for direct traffic for the hell of it. It’s interesting to see where people who have the site bookmarked, or who copy an URL into a browser window land. The two different URLs used for the main forum page artificially lower where it should show up, which would be between Neurontin and Lexapro.
Let’s see which one you get.
With nearly 90% of the traffic to this site arriving via search engines, what are people searching for? Here’s Analytics’ take on it:
As “(not provided)” is the most popular search term for Analytics (over 77,000 searches this month) I need to use the page where someone winds up from the result of their search (the landing page) in order to extrapolate what their search term was. While it could have been a phrase, or even an entire sentence, for the top searches whatever “(not provided)” was, it was probably a single word. Brand names are typically used more often than generic names of drugs. Unless it took them to the site’s homepage. That could be anything, but usually “crazy meds”, “crazymeds”, or something like that.
As AWStats sees it:
Adding it all up approximately a third of all search traffic, thus around 30% of all traffic (Java-enabled or not) to Crazymeds, comes from people who enter nothing more than the name of a med.
As for the weird results like “avg” and “homepage”, see this article that explains it. While Analytics gets too little data, AWstats picks up extraneous crap.
I always like to see what sort of wacky search terms lead people to Crazymeds, answer the questions I think were behind those searches, and see where the hell they show up when I type them into Google, but the site is too popular for that now! There are so many search terms used that AWStats can’t display them all, and even Analytics pukes on a month’s worth of data. But a few pulled from random days in September:
- September 13th.
- Q: Is Abilify a one trick pony?
- A: No. But it’s been a long-ass time since I’ve read or heard the phrase “one trick pony.” Not only that, Google couldn’t find the page that brought this person to Crazymeds.
- Q: urine smells like provigil
- A: Whose urine? How can you tell? Does Provigil have that much of a scent? Actually, I’d rather not know. Modafinil is extensively metabolized, and only 10% of whatever you took should remain unmetabolized in your urine, so either you’re taking a shitload of Provigil and not drinking very much water, have an incredibly keen sense of smell, or your liver has failed.
- September 17th.
- Q: legs collapse getting out bed after teva trazodone and alcool
- A: Are you complaining that you’re still alive?
- September 23th.
- Q: bad sex while taking paxil
- A: Consider yourself fortunate that you’re having any sex while taking Paxil.
- Q: kangaroo tumour up anus
- A: It’s not what we usually cover, even if Crazymeds does show up at number 4 on the Google search for that one. I suggest the handle of a ball peen hammer and a copious amount of 10W40 motor oil.
Google’s Webmaster’s Tools has a lot of…approximations. They’re useful, they just aren’t real statistics. This screen confirms that many of people who reach Crazymeds via search engines do so by entering nothing more than the name of a drug.
This screen might need a little explanation for those not familiar with it. The Query column is what someone typed into a search engine. Impressions is how many times a result came back with a link to Crazymeds on that person’s screen. Clicks is how many times that link was clicked, and CTR (click through rate) is how often the link was clicked as a percentage of the impressions. 100,000 impressions, 5,000 clicks = 5% CTR. Average Position is the where the link shows up, on average, in search results. This is highly variable and depends on stuff I do (the dark art of search engine optimization) as well as how someone has their browser set up, what their Internet options are, where they live, which browser they are using (I’ve tried it, it can make a difference) and a shitload of things I haven’t figured out yet. Then there’s all the usual stuff like links to a site and how often it is clicked on via search engines.
So what changed that caused all of the drug pages to fall out of the top ten, or even the top five results? Google finally bought into the pervasive paradigm of teh Internets: life will always be like high school. I.e. personal popularity is everything. Suddenly it mattered that I had ‘friends’ on Google+ and Facebook and all the other social networking sites. No matter what else I tried in the way of SEO nothing changed until I added the buttons to follow the site on Google+, add me to your Google circles, and like the site itself on Facebook in mid-June. Since then the drug pages have been climbing back up the search results, traffic has been slowly climbing to where it was in late 2011.
You might be thinking, does it really matter that much? As long as you’re in the top ten, right? Most people get ten results and all the sites on that page should get pretty much the same amount of traffic.
Look at the above screenshot. Notice how the highest CTRs always correspond to the best positions? The title of this article says it all: Top Google Result Gets 36.4% of Clicks. What I get are really close to the averages from that study. Being in positions 4 and 5 is vastly different than 9 and 10. If Wellbutrin were in position 9 instead of 4 it would mean 2,000 clicks (if that) a month instead of 15,000. If I can get Seroquel bumped up from 8 to 6 it would mean 5,000 to 8,000 clicks a month, and not 2,500.
And while it is only an approximation, there is something else about the CTR that is really cool: it’s pretty close to the percentage of search engine traffic for the search term used that you’re getting. So that 9% for Wellbutrin means in September we got 9% of all traffic generated by search engines for the term “Wellbutrin.”
Which pages are the most popular? For the previous 12 months Analytics says:
A few things to explain:
- /CrazyTalk/F6547FF8-D38D-428C-B6BA-8B0567091F92.html and /CrazyTalk/ are both valid URLs for the forum’s home page, and you can land on both of them as you navigate throughout the site. So if you add the two of them together you’ll find it’s the second-most popular page here.
- That long URL in 12th (or 11th) place is the link for new content since your last visit to the forum.
- Calling the first page in the multipaged articles2 DrugnameBasicOverview instead of just the drug name seemed like a good idea at the time. So a little math is needed to determine who is really the most popular.
- There is no Zyban page. For some reason Google kept sending people to a redirect page I’ve had for Zyban3 when they searched on Wellbutrin. They’ve been doing that since 2006. It wasn’t until the last two weeks that they finally got the clue when someone searches on Wellbutrin they should be sent directly to the page called Wellbutrin that the redirect page is pointing to4.
For September 2012 AWStats reports:
On this page I need to explain:
- The blacked-out URL is used for Project Honeypot, a spam tracking and prevention organization.
- CrazyTalk/mobiquo/mobiquo is the Tapatalk application
- BackupAd728×90.html is the ad for Straitjacket t-shirts I mentioned above
- pmwiki/pub/skins/triad/css is what makes this all look so pretty. Unless you’re on a smart phone.
My favorite stat of them all, where are you all connecting from? I know, 88% are from the United States and Canada and 95% are from the English-speaking world. Going all the way back to when the .us domain was registered in 2007, here are the fifty craziest countries. This is a sortable table, so you can see them in alphabetical order, average pages read per visit, how long they stayed, or how many visitors. That will be far more interesting when I put up the table with all 226 (to date) countries & territories that Analytics recognizes.
Here are AWStats’ top 42 (or so) crazy countries & territories for August:
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2 How many people read subsequent pages? 5%.
3 It's an SEO thing.
4 Now if only they would make up their minds about Keppra.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.