It’s now one year since I started this blog. I would like to thank all those people who have taken the time to e-mail me directly or have left comments on articles. I am glad I started it and have met some lovely people, electronically and in person, as a result.
One of the highlights of the last year was being nominated and then shortlisted in the specialist blog category of the Irish Blog Awards 2011. This category was eventually won by a very deserving blog called http://assistdogautism.blogspot.com/. Click to view.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the traffic figures to the website. After a very slow start the figures have grown quickly to currently stand at the following:Total unique visitors = 30,843 (of which 7,961 via feeds) Total Page views = 83,658
Most of the traffic to the site is from Google searches and as a result most visitors are directed by Google to a specific page which has the information they were searching for, and from there they navigate the rest of the site. As a result the home page is surprisingly only the second most popular page viewed overall.
Origin of readers
As a testament to the power of the internet, and Google, nearly every country has had at least someone who visited the site, except for some African and central Asian countries. The top five countries following this website however make up nearly three quarters of the hits, surprisingly, our neighbour the United Kingdom does not figure in the top 5 list as I would have expected. The top five countries which are most interested in The Helpful Engineer, by visitor numbers, are as follows:1.USA= 40.3% 2.Ireland= 22.3% 3.Germany= 5% 4.Canada= 3.2% 5.China= 2.6%
I would like to thank my fellow local blogger, Conor McGarry, who helped with one or two technical hiccups at the beginning. He has an excellent political website himself at www.Icampaigned.com, which you should check out. Thanks also to my good friend Ronan O’Reilly for his advice on using social media, in particular facebook and twitter, with this website.
Please continue to comment or e-mail me directly if you have any thoughts on the website or would like something covered.