2012 Forum Stats - Year End Report
I thought this might be of interest to many of you. Here are a few general stats for the forum in 2012:
In 2011, there were a total of 89,371 visits by 37,047 unique visitors who came to the forum. The forum served up 550,904 page views, with an average of 6.16 pages/visit. The average time spent per each visit was 5 minutes and 50 seconds.
In 2012, there were a total of 195,549 visits (118.81% increase) by 84,064 unique visitors (126.91% increase) who came to the forum. The forum served up 1,239,968 page views (125.08% increase), with an average of 6.34 pages/visit (2.87% increase). The average time spent per each visit was 7 minutes and 46 seconds (33.21% increase)
More than 30,000 visits were from a mobile device, with the iPad and iPhone being the most popular by far. The DroidX was the third most popular device, which just happens to be the model of my phone...
Firefox was the most popular browser at 28%, followed by Chrome at 25%, Safari at 22% and I.E. at 21%.
Visitors from 156 countries came to the forum (the majority bringing less than 100 visits each). The US brought the most visits (173,783), with several other countries having representation of note:
Threads, Posts & Frequency
A few interesting things, at the time of writing:
There have been 3,237 threads started and 38,860 posts made since the forum started in 2009. 26,515 of these total posts were done in 2012.
Here's the monthly breakdown:
January - 1564
February - 1549
March - 1826
April - 1528
May - 2043
June - 3052
July - 2927
August - 2936
September - 2533
October - 2202
November - 2153
December - 2202
The most posts in one day was July 24th, with 216 post. Both June 12th and June 20th were popular as well, with 210 posts.
This is what a graph of visitor numbers by day looks like for 2012. Each of the dips is a weekend, with the spikes coming on the weekdays, suggesting that many people are on the forum at work:
The most viewed and read thread is "OneEigth Sighting" at more than 32,000 views.
Dirt is our top poster with close to 2955 comments. He is also our most "liked" member with more than 1150 likes. KelOnWheels is our most appreciative member, giving out almost 1900 likes.
Traffic Sources and Keyword Searches
In 2012, the top 5 sources of traffic to the Forum (other than directly) were:
The Wash Cycle
In 2012, the top known keyword searches to the forum were (number of search in parentheses):
bike arlington forum (3,055)
road id coupon (1,362)
waba forum (1,024)
wasihington [sic] bike forums (624) - Can people not type/spell??
washington area bike forum (552)
bikearlington vest (482)
53/39 vs 50/34 (348)
mount vernon trail humpback bridge (340)
A few other search results in 2012 that piqued my interest:
half ironman national harbor (273)
biking to nationals park (225)
hains point road closed (175)
tim kelly bike arlington (134) - people can't spell my last name
bikearlington zanna (113)
hains point hit and run (108)
bike arlington lights (104)
bycycling fourms arlington (104) - people aren't even trying with the spelling....
are cycling shorts necessary (16)
how to tell if a chain ring is worn (14)
recumbent commuting (13)
are shimano shifters compatible with shimano derailleurs (12)
list of century rides (10)
And some random searches that ended up at the forum:
cycling barefoot (3)
kitten in a teacup (3)
kittens with top hats (3)
i love riding my bicycle (2)
angry goose with sword (1)
why does the capitol reflecting pool smell (1)
wonderful world of socks (1)
So yeah--thanks for a wonderful year everyone. And for the 36,000 or so lurkers, come log on and join the conversation!
I'm not too surprised by most of the stats. I already noticed that the busiest day of the forum ever was just a few weeks ago, on December 1, 2012. But I am surprised to see so many visitors from overseas. I wouldn't have expected that, even though Washington is a major international tourist destination.
"angry goose with sword"? Hmm, I wonder what BikeArlingtonForum has to do with that. Odd.
Thanks Mr. Kelly, for posting that.
I can understand wanting to decapitate a goose who's standing in the middle of the road but it would be tough to tuck a sword in a back jersey pocket. A small machete would probably work better.
silly racers and their pockets--all it takes is a pannier, or maybe a frame bag :-)
Originally Posted by acc
"kittens with top hats"...Whoops, that was me all three times.
This thread now needs a "like" from Kel and a post from Dirt to be complete.
Appropriate that Kel is giving out likes for all of these responses too. Continuing her streak!
I noticed that too, but it seems odd that there were almost 600 people on at 4:53 in the morning. Must be some sort of blip...
Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist
Sniff, sniff. Never once have I been called unique. Next year could you please classify us as magical visitors. I always wanted to be called magical.
But seriously, well done. It obviously appears you are getting the word out and enlarging the awareness. Bully to BA!
Last edited by Jason B; 01-05-2013 at 02:46 PM.