Posts filed under “Weblogs”

Recent traffic analysis

I’ve been tracking the traffic to the Big Picture lately, albeit far less compulsively than say six months ago.

Wanna hear something really weird about these electoral vote updates?

I typically get between 3000-5000 hits a day — given the rather narrow, market/economic focus of this blog, those are respectable if uninspired numbers. I surmise about 2000 of the regular readers are stock market / media types. The rest are Google hits, followed by Yahoo, and then everyone else. (I apparently have a good Google score).

Any mention by a big blogger — Altercation, KOS, Buzzflash, Cursor, etc. — drives traffic up 3-4k. When any Radio/Music post gets mentioned by Doc A, traffic spikes by 6-8k for 24 hours.

Now here’s the really funny thing: Over the past two months or so, the blog traffic has climbed up to 10-15,000 per day without any major linkage. The vast majority is due to a huge increase in Google/Yahoo searches for “Projected Electoral College Vote.”

I starte excerpting the WSJ’s swing state chart early in the campaign. The Journal is pretty neutral, and the quant in me was attracted to their mathematical modelling.

Over the past week, traffic looking for its been over 15k/day, and today, Monday November 1, without any major linkage, the traffic is at 19,889 for the past 24 hours — with 90% of it looking for “Projected Electoral College Vote, 2004

Category: Weblogs

Carnival of the Capitalists – October 25 2004


Hello and welcome to this week’s Carnival of the Capitalists! We have an exciting and wide ranging line up, which I have tried to categorize (a mostly futile exercise, I might add) for your reading pleasure.

So with no further adieu, I present this week’s entrants:
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Russell Buckley of wonders what the next 10 years on the internet might hold in store:
Sorry I missed your Birthday

“October 17th was the day that the web was officially born just 10 years ago. That day a company called Spry (later CompuServe then AOL) introduced a product called “Internet in a Box.” For the first time, you could trot down to a store, buy a software package, take it home and have everything you needed to connect to the Internet and the World Wide Web . . .”

Giselle A. Tesoro of OSCommerce Experts ponders the “Well-Formed Web Forms” and advises

“How to get your customers to fill you in – with the information you need in forms to be filled up. Let them form a good impression of you and your store – give them forms with function”

Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World thinking along similar lines, advises on Converting Visitors into Customers

“The frustration for Johnny was obvious. His website had strong visitor traffic numbers, he thought. Johnny’s site offered a complete line of very good, and highly reputable products. He thought he had set up an acceptable way to buy them online.

There were plenty of visitors arriving daily to make any online business a major success. The problem for Johnny was, despite the large number of people visiting his site, not many of them bought his products.”

Last of the internet series is Lipsticking‘s Yvonne DiVita’s entry: Jane Encourages Small Businesses

Blogs are becoming the “topic” of the day, all over the web, it seems. Jane
cannot open any newsletter, magazine, ezine, or even regular email, without
a question or comment on blogging present in the content.

We are delighted to see our favorite form of communication getting the
attention it deserves, but… the true purpose of web-logging is getting
lost in the rhetoric bouncing around the net.

Incidentally Yvonne gets a bonus mention for “Dickless Marketing: Smart Marketing to Women Online,” — I can’t comment on how effective that title may be — but it sure got my attention.

Alan Greenspan & the Federal Reserve

In my own entry (The Big Picture) to CotC this week, I advise investors to Ignore the Cheerleader-in-Chief

Rawdon Adams of Capital Chronicle discusses Mr. Greenspan’s Oil Choice

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Category: Economy, Finance, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Half a Million Hits!

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Half a Million Hits!

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Chicago bound . . .

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200,000 Hits!

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Light posting ahead . . .

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Welcome readers

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250,000 hits!

Category: Weblogs

Where there’s smoke . . .

Category: Finance, Weblogs