November 09, 2003

Four Thousand Hits

Last week saw a spike in the number of “requests” on Snog Blog. An amazing 4,077! But the number of comments have been dwindling, which only means one thing� lurkers!

Can you guys please say something please? The post button is getting grey from lack of use.

Also, after a long struggle, I managed to set up the referrer script from Textism.

This is the first time that we exceeded the 3,000 mark. I don’t know exactly what the cryptic Ensim means by “requests” but I suppose it’s a case of the bigger the number the better. For the sake of comparison, the “requests” in the third week of blogging was about 1,337 and then it stayed in the 2,000s for the longest time, before leaping to the current wildfire status.

More coherent web stats generated by Web Trends.

In order to make the referrer script work, I had to change all my page extensions to .php, so it will be a while before we catch any referrers to the individual pages.

Posted by Karen at November 9, 2003 01:26 AM in web building

I wonder if I should install a comment notification script. It notifies you whenever someone replies to a topic that you’re subscribed to. Pretty useful, but I do want people to check back so that they can see the other stuff posted, not just the things that they’re interested in.

What does everyone think?

Posted by: Karen at November 11, 2003 12:03 PM

good idea

Posted by: Elijah at November 11, 2003 09:04 PM

Hey Elijah, so good to see you back!

Check out the stats for Oct 28 � Nov 10.

I’ve become fixated on the referrer page. Someone from found us through some pretty raunchy keywords.

Posted by: Karen at November 11, 2003 09:48 PM

Requests for the week of Nov 16 � 22: 3455

Posted by: Karen at November 26, 2003 11:12 AM

Requests for the week of Nov 23 � 29: 3131
Requests for the week of Nov 30 � Dec 6: 5321(!)

Posted by: Karen at December 7, 2003 09:58 AM

Requests for the weeks
Dec 7 � 13: 5867 (! highest so far)
Dec 14 � 20: 5650
Dec 21 � 27: 3705 (holiday dip?)

Posted by: Karen at January 3, 2004 07:28 PM

Dec 28 � Jan 3: 6702 (Six Thousand Hits!)

Posted by: Karen at January 4, 2004 12:39 PM

Jan 4 � 10: 7744 (Almost 8,000!)

Posted by: Karen at January 13, 2004 11:11 AM

Jan 11� 17: 10830 (10,000 Hits!!!)
Jan 18� 24: 10808 (Two weeks in a row!!!)

Posted by: Karen at January 27, 2004 11:40 AM

Jan 25 � 31: 12 063
Feb 1 � 7: 14 767


Posted by: Karen at February 8, 2004 11:18 PM

Feb 8 ��14: 18 486 (Vincent Connare Interview)

Posted by: Karen at February 16, 2004 10:54 AM

Feb 15 � 21: 23, 255
Feb 22 � 29: 24, 359

24,000 hits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(It’s OK to over-punctuated when you’re excited!!!!!)

Posted by: Karen at March 1, 2004 11:15 AM

Hi Karen……I could never get the Textism Script to work. I know that the setup works fine and the refer tables are created. Just that the script that I include in each of the mainpages, just flat-out refuses to record any referrers. I suppose this was a problem that you faced. i would really appreciate if you could throw some light on how you got that fixed.

Posted by: Raj at March 5, 2004 04:34 AM

Hi Raj. You need to change the suffix of your pages from .html to .php in Moveable Type. This is the way I go the script to work.

There is another way to get .html pages to recognise php code within the pages but I had no success with that.

The only problem with changing all my pages to .php, I thought, was that google would have to reindex all my pages. But don’t worry, they only take a day or two to do so. So go for it.

Now, can you tell me how to take pictures with a shallow depth of field. I use a digital camera as well, but have not been able to get the blurred background look.

Posted by: Karen at March 5, 2004 10:34 AM

Feb 29 � Mar 6: 19, 065 (what goes up must come down)

Posted by: Karen at March 9, 2004 01:11 AM

I’ve just read about how your referrer-system seems to work great.
I’ve been trying like a maniac to get the textism-script to work on my webpage. I don’t get any error message but no referrers are logged, so I’m quite puzzled, and then I read that you had made it work, so I’m a bit curious about how you did.
My index page is *.php…
If it’s not to much trouble I would really like to know how you did!
I appolligize if this is an untimely request.
Best regards

Posted by: soon at March 9, 2004 04:26 AM

Hi Soon, I meant to reply to you earlier, but I guess it slipped my mind. I think you’ve made the same mistake that I did, which was to leave a copy of the file index.html on the server.

Most servers would give preference to the .html file over the .php file. I think that could be your problem.

And the stats for this week: 17 676

Posted by: Karen at March 15, 2004 02:04 PM

Hi Karen.
Thanks for the reply. I’ve now deleted any index.html in my webdir, and now the only tracks referrers if the link is directly to the… A bit odd. At the bottom of my index file, i’ve added the following line:
It’s taken from the setup file.
But to me, it seems as if the ref.script doesn’t get any info from the index file.
And by the way, there’s no .htaccess file on my server, but there shouldn’t be either? The link you provided to the girliesmatter seems to be taken out from her page, so I’ll try to see if I can locate the tip by searching instead :-)
Do you happen to know weather it matters if my web host runs in SafeMode?
Thanks again for your effort.

Posted by: Soon at March 15, 2004 06:00 PM

I tried to get the Textism script to work for me with no success. My question is this - do you have to have the script hosted within the same domain hierarchy as the page you want to track referrers to, or can it work without being in the same hierarchy? I’d like to track referrers to my blog, but I can’t host files on the server my blog’s on, just on another account of mine. Any ideas?

Posted by: Margaret Bauer at March 19, 2004 11:37 AM

That’s a good question. I *suspect* that it needs to be at the same level as the directory /blog, assuming /blog/index.php is the file you want to track.

I mean there must be a reason why I didn’t put the refer directory within my blog directory, right?

But I can’t be sure though. Waiting for Soon to try it out and see if putting both /refer and /blog at the same level solves his problem.

Posted by: Karen at March 20, 2004 11:30 PM

March 14 � 20: 16, 556
March 21 � 27: 17, 089

Posted by: Karen at March 28, 2004 09:28 AM

Sounds like a nice feature. Go for it.

Posted by: scrabble at April 20, 2004 07:32 PM

April 4 � 10: 16, 404
April 11 � 17: 15, 876
April 18 � 24: 15, 048

Posted by: Karen at April 29, 2004 12:28 AM

April 25 � May 01: 14, 452

Posted by: Karen at May 2, 2004 08:50 PM

Thanks for all your interesting entries. Are you looking for a pen pal?

Posted by: ron armstrong at May 7, 2004 04:02 AM

Not exactly, but everyone’s welcome to write me. :)

Posted by: Karen at May 8, 2004 10:22 PM

May 02 � 09: 14 942
May 10 � 17: 16 389
May 16 � 23: 14 762

Blog’s dying. But my unpublished life is so much more interesting than any link that I can find you.

Posted by: Karen at May 24, 2004 06:10 PM

Dying, or focusing?


Posted by: Hrant at May 25, 2004 01:07 AM

To me, focusing and dying are very similar.

May 23 � 29: 12 581

Posted by: Karen at May 31, 2004 03:02 PM

Now you’re getting all existential on me. ;-)


Posted by: Hrant at June 1, 2004 10:30 AM

Yes, I’ve been called that a lot lately. :-/

Posted by: Karen at June 1, 2004 12:12 PM

May 30 � June 5: 11,621
June 6 � 12: 12,299

Posted by: Karen at June 16, 2004 11:01 AM

June 13 � 19: 14,121
June 20 � 26: 17,570

Posted by: Karen at June 28, 2004 01:29 PM

June 27 � July 3: 19,153

Posted by: Karen at July 8, 2004 10:45 AM

July 4 � 10: 17,071

Posted by: Karen at July 11, 2004 09:54 PM

Jul 11 � 17: 18 486 (Road Signs post � coincidentally this is the exact same number as the first week of the Vincent Connare Interview)

Posted by: Karen at July 19, 2004 10:19 AM

July 18 � 24: 16, 689
July 25 � 31: 16, 219 (Linkfilter links to the Comic Sans interview)

Posted by: Karen at August 2, 2004 10:14 AM

August 1�7: 19, 156 (Meet my neighbours)
August 8�14: 22,918 (Rotis article)

Posted by: Karen at August 15, 2004 04:55 PM

Btw, Snoggy’s turning one soon.

Posted by: Karen at August 15, 2004 04:58 PM

Damn the spammers are getting to me. On Tuesday or Wednesday I think I got 382 spam comments, but that’s fixed now, I hope.

Just upgraded my referrer script to version 2.1, so I hope referrer spam will be DEAD as well.

August 15�21: 18,091

Posted by: Karen at August 27, 2004 10:11 PM

August 22�29: 18,291

Posted by: Karen at August 29, 2004 10:59 AM

August 30 � Sept 4: 17,605

Posted by: Karen at September 7, 2004 09:58 AM

Sept 5 � 11: 14,815
Sept 12 � 18: 20,145

Posted by: Karen at September 21, 2004 01:51 PM

Sep 19 � 25: 26, 885
Sep 26 � Oct 2: 26,450

I think they count spammers as well. Need more meaningful stats.

Posted by: Karen at October 4, 2004 10:06 AM

More meaningless stats:
Oct 31 � Nov 6: 19,076
Nov 7 � 13: 18,640 (Away)
Nov 14 � 20: 17,623

Posted by: Karen at November 23, 2004 11:36 AM
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