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04-05-2008, 10:26 AM
I just wanted to drop in and give you guys a little backend information about the site. And most of it is thanks to you guys! Most of the time I do this in the Community Leader forum to show them how well they're doing , but this time you all get to play. ;) All of this information is of course courtesy of my ISP's statistics gathering software.

First I wanted to show you all a very pleasing image. This warms my heart.

Notice the trend?

And here's a little more up and down...but there's still a positive climb here and its awesome!

Now...we have some personal business to discuss. I was looking at the search queries...and I'm kinda worried...I mean I've never declared this site as a family site, but we do tend to maintain some level of clean-ness. Most of these search word queries make sense to me...till we get to # 13...look for yourself.

1. cartographers guild 862
2. cartographers 353
3. cartographer's guild 294
4. cartographer 268
5. cartographer guild 253
6. cartography guild 135
7. http://www.cartographersguild.com/ 84
8. guild forums 81
9. cartography forum 68
10. guild forum 59
11. guild of cartographers 50
12. place name generator 49
13. photoshop sperm filter 36
14. dungeonforge 36
15. town name generator 36
16. campaign cartographer forum 35
17. fantasy language generator 34
18. cartographersguild 33
19. cartographer forum 33
20. starship deckplans 32

Anybody wanna come clean on that one? Anybody? I mean 36???

Well, thats it for this episode...Thank you all for visiting and keep up the good work!!!

04-05-2008, 11:21 AM
That hit comes from this post:


-Rob A>

The Cartographist
04-05-2008, 12:31 PM
Arcana - For those of us who are technically illiterate, can you provide a little more detail? I mean, I can understand the gist, and it is good news. But what exactly is a request? What's the difference between the first and second graph? And where do those search queries come from?

04-05-2008, 07:42 PM
Wow...What bugs me though is that someone was SEARCHING for a photoshop sperm filter...I can understand that thread being found on that search query...but what bugs me is WHY would someone go to google and type in photoshop sperm filter...The good news is that when you search for it (http://www.google.com/search?q=photoshop+sperm+filter) we're the 4th hit! yay!

As for explaining the above graphs...A request is basically the same as a hit...you type in our url or click a link or go from one page to another page on our site and it registers as a request (a server request to be exact, since you're requesting a file from the server via your browser). The first graph shows an monthly count of requests and how they've grown...and the second one is a weekly breakdown that shows there is som up and down throughout the month, but the general trend is upwards...as in more hits, more requests...more visits to the website. Hope that helps ;)

04-05-2008, 10:09 PM
Curse you, Arcana! I actually followed that link; just couldn't help it.

Anyway, I thought I'd clarify that server requests indicate how active the users are, but it doesn't necessarily indicate how many unique users there are. Based on my own observations over the past couple of weeks, I suspect that we have Torq to thank for the significant uptick in requests during the month of March.

That isn't to say that the Guild isn't growing rapidly--a glance at the Member Introductions board proves that it is. It's getting to the point where I'm going to have to start being selective about which threads I start reading. It's starting to take a lot of time to keep up with all of them, particularly since some of them are getting really technical. That's not a complaint, by the way; I'm just not quite equipped to parse those messages quickly yet. I need to bone up on my higher math and algorithms.

04-07-2008, 04:27 PM
These statistics are telling, but I have always carried out an informal study when I check in for the day here at the Guild: How many people are on the site? I remember not so long ago being happy about 10 being here, then being amazed at 20; now I'm almost used to 30 being in here!

Any growth here is due to the helpful, friendly nature of out site, and all the wonderful people--not to mention wonderfully talented people--who hang about here!

Not the type of people who would search for PS sperm filters, that's for sure! ;)

04-07-2008, 04:33 PM
Apparently they were looking for me... I'm trying to visualize a sperm filter. AAggh, GOD, I think I did it. Now I have to wash my inner eye out with soap. Preferably lye-based.

04-07-2008, 05:36 PM
I have to admit to being a bit of a beginner with photoshop. Would I regret asking if a sperm filter is used to add or remove said contaminants?

04-07-2008, 11:58 PM
In my case, with my poor PS abilities, I wish there was a crap filter vs. a sperm filter...maybe then I wouldn't trash 3/4 of my work!

04-08-2008, 03:45 AM
pyrandon, you sell yourself a little too short on your skills with PS... so quick to compliment everyone that comes thru, but also quick to bash your skills... I think you are a great artist and I've learned more about PS by reading your posts than any other on here... so :P ... maybe if I had half your skill, then I'd actually complete a map with it...

I also get the sense that you might have just screwed up something you were working on and were releasing your frustration ... if we never made mistakes, we'd never learn anything :D

04-08-2008, 07:59 AM
Don's humility is the main reason we keep him around...Plus his english skills are pretty good. ;)

04-08-2008, 08:30 AM
The number of requests (which I understand means the number of times that people click to and within our site) last month was 1,200,000. That's over a million clicks in a month! We've got about 350 active members, that means each of them clicking about 3,400 times a month which is 115 times a day! That doesn't sound right or am I missing something?

04-08-2008, 02:19 PM
A request is each time the server is hit by anyone...so when you load a page each image that has to be loaded is one request above and beyond the actual page request...However, a lot of times the images will only get loaded once per session or for some browsers/configurations once per cache clearing/flush/fill. So it all depends...Its not a hard and fast statistic of visits, but it does show increased activity.

I'm using google analytics for more tangible statistics...BUT...I don't have the google analytics blurb on EVERY page...only on core pages, and referring sites on the graph is kinda wrong because of the way it handles referrals (it treats a lot of inter-site traffic as referral traffic because of subdomains)

I'm attaching the pdf...You can see the top referrer is cartographersguild.com which means if you don't actually type in the www or forums or whatever, you're considered a referral when you finally get redirected to the right subdomain...no big deal.

The first point on the graph is 10 Oct 07, with today (8 Apr 08) being the most recent (which hasn't closed out yet so its all 0). These numbers reflect actual page visits...not server requests.

Hope this helps ;) Though for some i tmight muddy it up more ;)

04-08-2008, 04:38 PM
Don's humility is the main reason we keep him around...Plus his english skills are pretty good. ;)

C'mon. Everyone knows that should be "pretty well", not "pretty good".


-Rob A?

04-08-2008, 08:41 PM
Pretty good analytics that aint it ? I like the bit that firefox is more than IE by a large factor. So thats all tosh that IE has 90% of the browser market then. That or its just mapping guys that know better :)

04-08-2008, 09:07 PM
What worries me about the firefox trend is that if so many of you are using firefox how come you didn't install it through the google firefox affiliation on the websites homepage...huh?

If yer one of those slacker IE types...now would be a good time to convert...BUT use the firefox google link on the homepage...thank me later ;)

04-10-2008, 03:35 AM
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version 3 finally released this week... :D