The power of the Internet hype

While not giving you the power of the stats a self hosted blog would afford, the stats that WordPress.com provide are generally good enough for me

I get to know which posts are more popular than others and see how site visitors come across my page

The page views numbers also help give me an ego boost when I need it 🙂

The numbers are usually pretty predictable. I get fewer visits at a weekend with each weekday having similar figures so I get a nice curvy line

However, I was shocked when I saw this graph last week

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WTF?! Best day ever!

At the top of that spike I got more visit’s on that single day than I usually get for an entire week!

What caused it? This post I made about Google Chrome towards the back end of last week. On that particular day that single post alone got about THREE times the amount of visits the entire blog does on an average day.

According to the stats it’s down to the fact that I linked to a post on the official Gmail site (who obviously get a hell of a lot more visitors than my humble blog does!)

At the bottom of their post was a “blogs that link here” section and I must have got a lot of click through’s!

Another side effect of this meant I was at the top of the WordPress “Top Growing blogs” and “Top Posts” lists for a short while which doesn’t mean a lot but made me happy for a hour

Just goes to show what a bit of hype can do!

Needless to say my “Andy is stupid and has infected his own computer with a virus though it’s a worm if you want to be picky and has let everyone on Facebook know including a whole host of fellow IT pros who will probably ridicule him at tonight’s users group meeting” post didn’t quite get the same amount of visits…it did get more comments though 😉

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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