Lies, Damn Lise and Server Statistics | January 14, 2004
Every now and again I have a cursory look at my server stats. I quite like seeing who's been linking to me, a pastime often referred to as log surfing. It's interesting to know that www.mezzoblue.com sent me the most requests in Dec (2,995). What's more interesting is that a service I've never heard of, called Stumbled Upon, was my second biggest referrer that month (1,599).
It's also quite fun to see what search terms have been bringing people to my site. For instance the most popular search engine query seemed to be 145 requests for "os x p2p". I got quite a few request for "Andy Budd" (58), "Macro Photography" (48) and "css sites" (35). More strangely were the 49 search queries for "fighting techniques". Hmm maybe I do know Kung Fu?
I also find OS stats quite interesting. For instance one in four visitors to my site are using a Mac. Now I do occasionally post articles about OS X, but I wouldn't say this site had a heavy Mac focus, so it's surprising that it gets such a high percentage of Mac users. As my blog is quite web standards focused, I wonder if there is a correlation between standards and Mac use? I have to admit that most of the web standards people I know are Mac users.
The thing that most people are interested in when they talk site stats are visitor figures. However ironically these are some of the hardest stats to accurately check. I've never seen any blogs talking about visitor stat's, so I hope I'm not treading on any unwritten rules here.
In Dec my bandwidth usage was 3.68GB. This seems quite a lot for a small site, but I imagine a large proportion of this comes from my photo gallery, which is obviously quite KB heavy. This is backed up by the fact that calls to my photo gallery image directory accounted for around 45.96% of my bandwidth last month.
As far as pages go, it seems that quite a few people are subscribed to my rss feed. My rdf page got 61,971 requests last month accounting for 9.56% of my total bandwidth. My blog index page had 17,933 requests whereas my photo gallery page came in at 2,314.
In total, my server dealt with 680,200 successful requests in Dec, serving up 35,117 pages to 16,664 distinct hosts. However in all truth I have no idea what all of this means. Without some kind of yard stick, it's really difficult to put server stats in perspective.
Posted at January 14, 2004 7:57 PM