The Brew Site 2005 Zeitgeist

Just like on my other blog, it’s the year end wrapup for all the data. I’m a bit surprised by the numbers I reached here; for only ramping The Brew Site up (as a blog) just over a year ago, these seem to be pretty impressive. On to it!

  • Number of blog entries: 222.
  • Approximate total number of words: 38,371.
  • Average words per blog entry: 172.8.

    Overall, it looks like I wrote nearly as much here as on chuggnutt.com. I was sort of wondering why my output over there had gone down compared to 2004, but now I realize that it didn’t—half the stuff I wrote ended up over here instead!

  • Total visitors: 236,445. This is unfiltered, so it includes bots, spiders, RSS readers, etc.
  • Average visitors per day: 647.
  • Total real visitors (approximate): 119,300. This is the actual number, with most of the bots and such filtered out.
  • Average real visitors per day: 326
  • The most active month was October, and the two big traffic spikes account for that: 3,810 visitors on October 12 and 3,795 visitors on October 13. These hits were to the post Nicotine beer which got picked up big on the search engines.
  • Ten most popular blog entries:
    1. Nicotine beer: 7,774
    2. Molson Kick: 6,817
    3. Samuel Adams Utopias: 2,247
    4. Samuel Adams Triple Bock: 1,622
    5. Gluten Free Beer: 1,387
    6. Google results for Molson Kick…: 1,312
    7. More on gluten free beer: 1,241
    8. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale: 1,024
    9. Best beers, according to RateBeer: 933
    10. Homebrewing in Get Fuzzy: 780
  • Total number of comments (not counting spam): 182
  • Most popular searches on this site:
    • pumpkin: 240
    • pumpkin ale recipe: 10
    • labatt shock [variants]: 40
    • sam adams: 13
    • gluten free: 13
    • brew 102 [variants]: 9
    • oldenburg [variant]: 7
    • north carolina: 7
    • molson kick: 6
  • Ten most popular search engine searches landing here:
    1. nicotine beer: 5,649
    2. molson kick: 3,486
    3. samichlaus: 397
    4. samuel adams utopias: 384
    5. pumpkin ale recipe: 382
    6. sam adams utopias: 338
    7. beer names: 323
    8. gluten free beer: 319
    9. pumpkin beer: 270
    10. sam adams triple bock: 270
  • Top five search engines:
    1. Google: 24,584
    2. MSN: 7,512
    3. Yahoo: 3,490
    4. AOL Search: 321
    5. Netscape: 126
  • Here’s the approximate breakdown of browsers and agents, gleaned from the full numbers:
    • Internet Explorer: 53% of all traffic
    • Mozilla/Netscape browsers (Firefox mostly, I think): 17.7%
    • Opera: 0.9%
    • RSS readers/agents: 5.4%
    • Bots/search engine crawlers: 15%
    • Other stuff (random bots, feed readers, crawlers, obscure browsers): 8%

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