BuzzardsBay.org Web page statistics and traffic for the Bouchard Oil Spill
This page describes the increase in internet traffic to the Buzzards Bay website that resulted from the Bouchard No. 120 Spill.
The Buzzards Bay NEP’s website used both page counter’s and reports from our webpage domain host at the time to track which pages visitors to our homepage visit most. We continue to use this information to help us improve upon those pages that generate the greatest interest.
In the graph to the right we show the number of web page “hits” since the inception of our website, based on counters placed on most of our pages. We did not place counters on all our pages early on, and because the way these counter’s work, the data shown in the graph are underestimates. Our cgi script web counter is imperfect, and does not work with all browsers, and in fact, the count shown is closer to the number of “visitors” than “hits” (any page or part accessed) based on the data we get from our domain host. As shown by the graph on the right, our counter increased dramatically the first week of the spill, peaking at 2700 counts per day on May 2.
Much more meaningful data was provided by our domain host which is shown for the period April 2 to June 2 in the graphs below (daily totals shown in each category). Web page “hits” nearly reached 50,000 per day, and “visitors” topped 2800 per day because of the spill.
Even before the Bouchard oil spill accident, the dramatic increase in visitors during the past year reflects the increasing diverseness of information on our web site, the high ranking of the site on search engines, there are an ever increasing awareness of the activities of the Buzzards Bay NEP. We now have more than 350 pages in 75 Megabytes on our site, and this depth of information has probably been the most important factor in the increased use of our website.
Who is using our website? We have no way of really knowing, but based on the number of hits cumulatively on the town information pages, it is very clear that many residents and students in the watershed likely use these pages. Our Septic System Test Center pages cumulatively account for the most hits on our site every month. Based on feedback, we know these pages are visited by Health Agents, engineers, septic system designers, state and federal agency personnel, and homeowners interested in these systems.
In reviewing the domains of our visitors, and the summary of pages visited, we have found some surprises and interesting statistics. Every month we receive hundreds of visits from countries all across the globe. In any given month, 10% to 15% of the visits may be from educational institutions. One of our most popular pages started out as just an afterthought: A page set up for health agents with simple instructions on how to calculate geometric means. Apparently many students and health officials often search the web for such succinct explanations. The table below shows the top pages viewed in December 2002.
We are always trying to improve our site, so please do not hesitate to send us your comments to the email:webmaster .
Thanks for visiting.
Total Page views of roughly 32,000 visitors in July 2007
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