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Uncommon Descent Ended the Year with a Bang!

December was a record month for Uncommon Descent traffic.

Explosion

New Record 12/06 Average Daily Visits: 5,311
Old Record 06/06 Average Daily Visits: 5,262

New Record 12/06 Total Visits: 164,646
Old Record 08/06 Total Visits: 161,799

Usage

September is when we got nicked by Google delisting and traffic declined. We’ve finally recovered from that and are setting new records again. And for icing on the cake, in October we switched over to the Cutline for WordPress format which streamlined our website and so we got our new record number of visitors with barely half the bandwidth we were using for the previous records!

Thanks everyone for a great 2006 and here’s to an even better 2007!

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13 Responses to Uncommon Descent Ended the Year with a Bang!

  1. You need to be careful with these stats. Are they unique hits or are they counting one hit for every graphic on the page plus one hit for body text etc. Look for unique hits on the stats page.

  2. http://www.marketrends.net/webalizerfaq.htm

    Visits
    Whenever a request is made to the server from a given IP address (site), the amount of time since a previous request by the address is calculated (if any). If the time difference is greater than a preconfigured ‘visit timeout’ value (or has never made a request before), it is considered a ‘new visit’, and this total is incremented (both for the site, and the IP address). The default timeout value is 30 minutes (can be changed), so if a user visits your site at 1:00 in the afternoon, and then returns at 3:00, two visits would be registered. Note: in the ‘Top Sites’ table, the visits total should be discounted on ‘Grouped’ records, and thought of as the “Minimium number of visits” that came from that grouping instead. Note: Visits only occur on PageType requests, that is, for any request whose URL is one of the ‘page’ types defined with the PageType option. Due to the limitation of the HTTP protocol, log rotations and other factors, this number should not be taken as absolutely accurate, rather, it should be considered a pretty close “guess”.

    The stats in the article are from Webalizer. No one changed the default 30 minutes between unique visits.

    Thanks for asking. Any more questions?

  3. Awesome! Congrats on the blog stats. May 2007 be a year of constant record breaking!

  4. Congrats Dave, Bill et al.

  5. Dave,

    I’m curious as to why December visits exceeded those in August, but pages, files and hits were apparently considerably lower.

  6. Dave,

    FYI since I would like to get more hits for our site, I should mention that for the first time I had to delete cookies and files off of a machine to access UD. Hopefully it only affects the few people like me who log in and comment, but I thought I should mention it.

    Reminds me of a problem PandasThumb had not too long ago.

    Sal

  7. Sal

    Do you have any ideas as to what the problem was?

    Gil

    It’s due to no advertising. Remember the google “smart ads” that used to pop up in the middle of the page and all the book adverts on the right column.

  8. Two thumbs waaay up! Ever since Dover, finding anyone willing to keep up an online community to discuss Intelligent Design and keep up on the news about the research and public relations is like finding a 31 dodge out in a field all covered with brambles: the way things aren’t anymore.

    What happened with the google delisting? Did you post about it?

    Thank you for keeping up the serious inquiry and also for keeping a sense of humor in the face of intolerable critisism.

  9. Doug

    We were relisted by Google in November. Look for a posting about in that month.

  10. Dave,

    Upon thinking on it it had to do with possibly being logged in on two separate computers over the course of time, possibly an improper shutdown. I can in theory test it.

    Sorry to bring it up in the middle of our celebration, but it gave me an opportunity to solicit feedback from our readers if they have ever had a similar problem. I test something out and let you know.

    It would be unfortunate if we lost even a small percent of readership to a technical glitch.

    Sal

  11. I have a serious question and I don’t know where else to ask it. Is the following feasible?:

    Preventive Maintenance & Global Warming: Reversing the trend

    6H2O + 6CO2 ———-> C6H12O6 + 6O2

    That’s right- photosynthesis. We make artificial plants- that is massive structures (as space allows) run by solar power that suck in the air via man-made stomata, mix it with water and mimic the reaction that is photosynthesis. Then have the O2 exit other man-made stomata.

    Place these facilities near factories, cities, yada, yada, yada

    Then sell the sugar…

  12. Sure it can be done but what’s the point? The sugar gets burnt and the CO2 liberated back to the atmosphere in the process. In order to take CO2 out of play it needs to be locked up in some more permanent form like carbonate rocks (limestone, dolomite, chalk, and marble).

  13. Thanks Dave.

    Perhaps we can take the sugar “out-of-play” so to speak. That is we lock it up, as you suggest.

    Do you think this is worth a thread and hammer out a possible solution to the crisis we humans created?

    Or if not could you have people go to my blog to discuss this further?

    Preventive Maintenance & Global Warming: Reversing the trend

    And I am serious about making this a reality.

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