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Conchylinet 2008 visits statistical reports

Dear visitor,
This page is a report of the visits made on Conchylinet during year 2008. It has been performed thanks to XiTi free audience measurement solution for personal websites.

It is split into 3 sections:
    Section 1 is about visits analysis (evolution and sources),
    Section 2 is about the geographical origins of visitors,
    Section 3 is about the pages and sections that are loaded by visitors.

1. Conchylinet visits analysis

Over 2008 period, Conchylinet received 1241 visits. The number of visits increased 4 time between Beginning of 2008 and End of 2008. Most of these new visits come from search engine results (731).

Figure 1: Evolution of sources of visits in 2008

Other visits came from external links (251), then they consist of direct access, bookmarks or address typing in the browser (250). Very little visits come from links into emails (9 only).
However the part of entering visits dropped from 65% to 40%. This bad result is mainly due to the increase of visits from search engines. When people do not find on Conchylinet what they are looking for at first sight, they just don’t visit further the site.

Now, let's have a look at what people coming to Conchylinet are looking for with search Engine. In 2008, half of the keywords typed were:

search stringvisitssearch stringvisits
bivalve73classification of shell3
bivalves44seashell books3
shell structure42west african seashells3
bivalve shell18baltic sea world map3
polyplacophora16seashell identification3
seashells identification9collecting sea shells3
struktur shell9identification coquillages de collection2
bivalvia8"encyclopedia of marine gastropods"2
bivalve structure8encyclopedia of marine gastropods2
european seashells7objectives of sea shells2
classification of sea shells6structure of bivalves2
baltic sea on world map5world map of intertidal zone2
sea shells classification5molluscs ecology2
scaphopoda5seashells collecting2
seashells classification5online shell identification guide2
malacological provinces5pictures of conch seashells2
classification of seashells5prisogaster niger2
cephalopoda4coiled shell2
compendium of seashells4world map baltic sea2
bivalve shells3polynesian sea shells2
"west african seashells"3molluscos magallanicos2
intertidal zone world map3wwwsdz2
gliemeži3structure of a shell2

Some search string are off Conhylinet topics (polyplacophora, monoplacophora are not online yet, most of world map query are not relevant). At least 250 visits are off topics, this explains part of non entering visitors number.
I hope that within next year, Conchylinet will have more visits coming from Specie name search such as Prisogaster niger (a south America turbinidae).

2. Geographical origins of visitors

A good point is that the range of visitors is worldwide as illustrated on the map below.

Visiting countries map
Figure 2: World map of visitors

However, USA and France are the major visiting countries of Conchylinet. I bet most of United States hits come from search engines and most of France hits come from external links on seashells website managed by French collectors (e.g. AFC and Seashell-collector, visit them in the Reference/Seashells related sites section).

As a lot of visitors of come from USA or France (489 visits from them), the maps below illustrate the regions inside each of these countries where visitors come from:

States map of USA visitors
Figure 3: States map of USA visitors

Regions map of France visitors
Figure 4: Regions map of France visitors

The other main visiting countries are:

United Kingdom84Belgium24

The Mauritius visits number is mainly explained by myself where I currently live. I go to Conchylinet quite often to check if everything is working properly.

3. Analysis of visited sections.

Now let’s have look at what people are browsing when on Conchylinet. The criteria to measure that is the loaded pages number (total page loaded is about 8000 in 2008). Lets start with the main sections:

SectionNumber of pages loaded
News and Updates245
Seashells generals1556
The Collection3881
Collecting Sites432

    3.1. Seashells generals

As the seashells generals section is well visited, let’s have a look at the sub-sections that are read. The evolution during 2008 is as follow:

Seashells generals section hits
Figure 5: Seashells generals sub-section pages loaded

The graph evolution (a strong increase starting in July) is due to the major update of the Seashells section that have been performed in July 2008 together with a better code visibility for search-engine index bots.

    3.2. The Collection

This is the most visited part of Conchylinet. The graph bellows illustrates the sub-section that are used.

Collection sub-section pages loaded
Figure 6: Collection sub-section pages loaded

The Collection section is dominated by the Interactive plates page loads, which is good as this is the main and most interesting feature of Conchylinet. Today, if a visitor want to view the whole online collection (with the default configuration), he will browse 39 different plates.
The Search collection sub-section is too new to be well represented. I hope visitor will find it useful and use it in 2009.

written on 2009-02-06