By July 7, 2008

Who’s reading Gibberish?

Gibberish was created as a way to keep in touch with my friends and family. I used to talk a lot about gadgets and games with my co-workers, and once I started telecommuting I wanted a way to continue that dialog. I never expected to get even twenty unique visitors a month. Last year I had just a touch over 66,000 unique visitors. Color me surprised.

I use Google Analytics to keep tabs on who is coming to Gibberish and what the more popular topics have been. GA also allows me to find other nifty stats, like connection speed, browser stats, and other stuff. Here are some highlights over the last year:

  • Gibberish had more than 56,000 unique visitors last year. The majority of them come from Google or Yahoo! searches.
  • My most popular post is the Kel-tec PF-9 review. The SentryPro XFC post generated a big surge in traffic. It is my second most-read Gibberish post to date. That post is now the number one search result on Google for “SentryPro XFC.”
  • Internet Explorer is the preferred browser, with 57% of my readers using Microsoft’s browser in any form. Firefox is next, with 35%. My friend Roclar boosts the Opera browser statistics up to 1.5%.
  • The majority of Gibberish readers are on broadband: 73% are on broadband. Only 3.3% are explicitly on dial up, the rest are “unknown,” which probably covers some dial up but also oddballs like satellite or even FIOS.
  • The most popular screen resolution is 1024×768, with 35% of you browsing at that size. Less than 10% of my readers browse at 800×600 or lower.
  • Most Gibberish readers visit one page and then leave after reading the article (the average is 1.4 page views per visit). The average time spent on the site is 1:17. Back when I was in the advertising/marketing site of Web development those numbers would be considered pretty bad. However, given that most people check the home page for updates or come in via RSS feed or Google search results I am not too concerned.
  • Most readers get what they want and never come back: up to 85% never return :(. However, if people do come back, they stay: over 3100 people have read more than 200 pages on Gibberish.
  • Predictably, most of my readers come from North America. 85% of my visitors are from the United States, with another 4.2% coming from Canada. The United Kingdom is next with 3%, and it’s all downhill from there. Here’s a global map of visitors, darker green represents more visits:
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I’m glad people are coming to the site, especially when my top two articles are about SentryPro and concealed carry. I hope more people come for those articles, and stay for the rest of the content. You never know when you may make new friends, or how. 🙂

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  1. MRoberts says:

    I came to your site to read your Smart Carry write up from doing a Google search. I have to say after reading that, I was snickering to myself in the fact that it sounded like how I would have written the article. The part about not being worried about shooting yourself in the wang made me laugh out loud. Anyhow, just thought I’d throw a shout out to you, and say that you have some good articles that need to be read. Keep up the humor, that’s what makes them all the more interesting.

  2. DrFaulken says:

    Thanks for your comment! I am glad that you found my posts interesting. I hope you continue to read my site and contribute comments.