At some point yesterday the site passed the 30 million all time views, “all time” in this case defined as “visits recorded by the WordPress stats program since early October 2008,” which is when the site switched over to the WordPress VIP hosting service. Note that I would take all stat information with a grain of salt; here is my standard link to explain why. For all that, 30 million views in six years doesn’t suck.
This 30 million visit milestone happens whilst some folks out there are asserting foamily that I’m lying about my site’s visitorship; the bone of contention appears to be that I note the site gets up to 50,000 visitors a day, whilst the foamy folks complain that the daily traffic is in fact nowhere near that, so therefore, I am lying.
Some thoughts on this. One, as I’ve noted before, I’m not sure what part of “up to,” these folks are having trouble with; it seems pretty clear to me. In point of fact the site occasionally gets up to more than 50,000 visitors a day; on August 26, for example, it got 78,168 visitors (and 114,835 total visits), and the next day it got 66,495 visitors, from 99,028 total visits. That’s according to the WordPress stats program, mind you; Google Analytics has slightly different numbers for visitors for those two days (86,093 and 59,860, respectively, which reinforces my point that stats reporting should be taken with a grain of salt).
Does the site usually see fewer visitors on a daily basis? Yup. Unless one is disingenuous or irretrievably stupid, one understands that’s what the phrase “up to” means. I could accurately say the site gets up to 86,000 visitors a day (or more, actually, as the busiest day of the site had well over 100,000 visitors). I scale it down a bit because, you know. I don’t wish to oversell the site’s reach.
The fact the site does get fewer than 50k visitors on a day to day basis is also not news; once again, it’s covered in the post I refer people to when I discuss stats here, which has been up on the site for three years. Note I don’t hide this bit of information; it’s linked to in the “About Whatever” entry that is linked to on the sidebar of every single page on this blog. I also note it when I talk stats here (for example, here, here and here; it’s not linked to here, but I do talk about the problems with accurate stats). I address this fact directly in the entry itself (note that the number I use here is 45K, when the site’s visitorship was substantially lower than it has been the past two years):
What I’m comfortable saying to people is that the site gets up to 45,000 visitors daily, which to me implies that it generally gets below that but that the site shows spiky behavior, which in fact it does. Indeed, a number of days spike substantially above 45k in terms of visitorship (as seen through the WordPress stats suite), usually when I’m pressing some button about politics or publishing or what have you.
I don’t know about you guys, but I gotta say, if I’m lying about my visitor stats, I’m doing a really terrible job of it. I know. I suck. I must try harder. The good news is, I know of some people who are better at lying about my site stats than I am. Well, maybe “better” isn’t the correct term, actually.
In any event. 30 million visits! Hooray!