I was crunching blog statistics yesterday and thought I'd share some interesting ones. I was very surprised by the overall traffic to this site over the last academic year:
45,381 unique visitors
259,612 page views
The peak of traffic came in the last week of March, which was when decisions were posted on your status pages. The blog had 62,592 hits that week.
Most students find the blog through the online application status page or Google. Other sources include message boards and other blogs.
The vast majority of readers are from the United States, but there are readers from many other countries. The rest of the top ten (in order): Singapore, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India, Hong Kong (my stats program doesn't lump Hong Kong in with China), Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, and Turkey.
Roughly half of the domestic readers are from Virginia. Other states that round out the top ten (in order): New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Florida, District of Columbia, Massachusetts.
The percentage of readers who are new to the blog has held steady at 30% for the last three months. Back in January, there was a big jump (obviously as student started checking their status pages) and the percentage of new readers hit 60%.
Seeing these numbers and reading your comments makes this so rewarding. Thank you all so much for visiting and contributing to this blog!