Although we still have over a month left in the year, it was time for me to take stock of where this website is, and where it might be going. This is fairly easy for even me to do, with my basic computer skills, because my web hosting company – WordPress – has a feature that keeps close and accurate statistics on web traffic. Here, then, is the world of, from 1/1/2013 to 11/24/2013:

First, just the basics : Unique visitors – 14,253 Number of visits – 29,297 (2.05 pages/visit)

Pages – 66,049 (2.25 Pages/visit) Hits – 209,146 Bandwidth – 178.39 GB

Best month of 2013 to date – October: 2,795 unique visitors, 6,055 visits, 34,372 Hits

Out of the “Top 25” Countries from which visits originated, the top 10 were, in order:

US – 45,284 pages, 170,590 hits
China – 5,091 pages, 5.440 hits
Ukraine – 3,930 pages, 3,991 hits
Israel – 1,605 pages, 2,104 hits
France – 1,493 pages, 2,070 hits
Russian Federation – 1,087 pages, 1,349 hits
Saudi Arabia – 915 pages, 1,028 hits
Canada – 891 pages, 2,646 hits
Germany – 439 pages, 871 hits
Great Britain – 414 pages, 1,478 hits

The remaining countries in the “Top 25” were:

(And there were “Others”)

How and why do so many “readers” from around the world end up on I suspect mostly through searches on the various internet search engines. Of course, many might be “accidental” hits, but evidently there is a lot of interest around the world in the hunting and fishing we do in the Great State of Texas!

The demographical distribution changes from month to month – in the past, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and others have ranked 2nd in the number of visits, and China might be in that position now because there are a lot of products from China marketed in the US, and the Chinese are very aggressive about internet marketing. At first I had quite a battle with scammers from other websites trying to link to this one to push their products, which almost universally had nothing to do with my type of content. I would like to believe, though, that a good deal of the traffic is “honest”, and from those interested in or curious about the outdoors. It is a fact that Texas hog hunting, for instance, is well known world-wide – as feral hogs themselves are also distributed world-wide, a fact a lot of manufacturers and advertisers are becoming aware of.

It is a distinct advantage of the computer and internet age in that this sort of information is available. In my case, it will not change my approach or content much, but it does feel good to imagine how broad the audience receiving the information might be.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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