Virtual School Meanderings

January 1, 2012

Statistics For 2011

I know that you got a preview of this earlier today, as a part of the WordPress Generated: 2011 In Review, but I wanted to post a more thorough (less graphic-intensive entry).  In my entries at the end of last year I delved into my statistics in a serious and fairly comprehensive way. I’m not sure if I’m up to that today, but we’ll see how it turns out.  I guess to start out, we should look at the traffic.

For the daily averages, this broke down to:

Not sure what was happening in March – beyond SITE, which you would think wouldn’t generate as much traffic as VSS – but it was a busy month nonetheless.  In fact, if you look at the Statistics For March 2011, there doesn’t appear to be anything that usual.  For example, of the top ten entries that month, items 6 through 10 were all from that month.

6. Online Teacher Certification Announced At CUE 2011 – Leading Edge Certification
7. Guest Blogger – Visit To Michigan Connections Academy
8. SITE 2011 – Creating A Model For Change With Online AP Courses In A Nonschool Hours Charter School
9. Review – Frog Dissection
10. Attn: K-12 Educators: The QM Program Needs YOU

Which isn’t that unusual, as there are normally two to five in most months.

Speaking of top entries, the top twenty entries for 2011 were (and their original posting dates):

  1. Problem With Cyber Charter Schools – PA & NJ Edition (2010)
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow (2010)
  3. Webinar Recording – Blended Learning: Make it Work for Your District (2010)
  4. Online High School Credit Recovery: A Free Webinar Filled With Real-World Best Practices (2010)
  5. Presentation: Visible Learning, Tomorrow’s Schools, The Mindsets That Make The Difference In Education – John Hattie (2010)
  6. Online-Teaching Standards (2008)
  7. Statistics For December 2009 (2009)
  8. Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning (2010)
  9. Statistics for February 2010 (2010)
  10. Online Schools Costs Vs. Brick And Mortar? (2008)
  11. Westwood Cyber High School (2008)
  12. Review – 5 Steps To A 5: 500 AP US History Questions To Know By Test Day (2011)
  13. Consolidation: K12, Inc. Acquires Kaplan Virtual Education (2011)
  14. Florida Virtual School Named As Top 100 Learning Organization In First Annual Awards Program (2011)
  15. Online Education – In Ontario (2009)
  16. Newsline – November 2009 (2009)
  17. Memphis City Schools Add Online Learning Graduation Requirement (2010)
  18. Dissertation Advice: Impact Of Virtual Schools For At Risk Students (2011)
  19. AERA 2012 Annual Meeting – July 22, 2011 Submission Deadline (2011)
  20. Florida Virtual School Named Champion At Sterling Storyboard Competition (2011)

Let’s see what information we can mine from these entries.  There were three entries from 2008, three from 2009, eight from 2010 (including the top five), and six from 2011 (the first of which came in at #12).  It seems entries like Online-Teaching Standards, Online Schools Costs Vs. Brick And Mortar?, and Westwood Cyber High School have staying power.

Beyond that, there are three entries about full-time programs – including the top two entries which express concerns about full-time programs (i.e., Problem With Cyber Charter Schools – PA & NJ Edition, Questions About The School Of Tomorrow, and Westwood Cyber High School), two entries about the Florida Virtual School (i.e., Florida Virtual School Named As Top 100 Learning Organization In First Annual Awards Program and Florida Virtual School Named Champion At Sterling Storyboard Competition), two entries about the work of John Hattie (i.e., Presentation: Visible Learning, Tomorrow’s Schools, The Mindsets That Make The Difference In Education – John Hattie and Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning), and two entries about at-risk/credit recover (i.e., Online High School Credit Recovery: A Free Webinar Filled With Real-World Best Practices and Dissertation Advice: Impact Of Virtual Schools For At Risk Students).  Aside from these relevant categories, there were also two statistics entries included in the list.

These entries were made popular by the following search terms:

  1. statistics
  2. blended learning
  3. generational differences
  4. dissertation
  5. visible learning
  6. businessman
  7. mobile learning
  8. journal of computing in teacher education
  9. virtual school meanderings
  10. blogging
  11. connections academy
  12. brick and mortar school
  13. westwood cyber high school
  14. learning
  15. online learning
  16. innosight institute
  17. westwood cyber school
  18. school of tomorrow philippines subjects
  19. georgia cyber academy
  20. virtual high school ontario review

I should note that “statistics” numbered 4,592, while the #2 item – blended learning – only numbered 1,083 and the #3 item – generational differences – only numbered 654.  All of the others were less than 500, with all items from #15 onwards having less than 100.

Beyond search engines, which generated almost 7000 hits, the other main sources of traffic came from:

  • Twitter (3,374)
  • WordPress.com (2,160) / en.wordpress.com (498)
  • Facebook (1,373)
  • Google Reader (1,072)
  • flvs.net (1,064)
  • iconfactory.com (499)
  • plurk.com (445)
  • moodle.learnnc.org (422)
  • mail.yahoo.com (403)
  • schooltechleadership.org (277)
  • StumbleUpon (264)

Interesting to see that Twitter and Facebook are so high on the list; and thanks to the folks at the Florida Virtual School for the linked traffic.

Moving beyond the WordPress statistics, if you look at what information I can gleam from my Google Reader, you see:

Note that the items read are ones that I go to find to be able to link to in entries like this one.  If you look at my FeedBurner statistics, you can’t get a yearly breakdown – only daily, last seven days, last 30 days, or all time.  Below is an edited version of the all-time graph.

But I can say that I began 2011 with 95 subscribers and a reach of 35.  The highest reach that I had during the year occurred on 16 June 2011, when it hit 109.  I ended the year with 225 subscribers and a reach of 47.  Interestingly, I’ve had a few spots where the number of subscribers have decreased , the most recent of which was from 24 October when there were 236 subscribers to 27 November when it went down to 219 subscribers.  Interesting that I was losing subscribers during the Virtual School Symposium.

Finally, turning my attention to my old blog site – which oddly enough is still generating traffic.  Blogger keeps some internal statistics now, although no where near as robust as WordPress.  However, I can report the following traffic.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2010 770 801 668 1019 721 700 623 625 929 1075 992 823 9746

These numbers are similar to the ones that the StatCounter that I installed on my old blog site collected.

Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Total 1,172 977 943 34
Average 98 81 79 3
Month Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Dec 2011 75 69 67 2
Nov 2011 77 69 67 2
Oct 2011 99 85 83 2
Sep 2011 78 67 63 4
Aug 2011 71 63 63 0
Jul 2011 77 69 60 9
Jun 2011 88 75 73 2
May 2011 84 70 70 0
Apr 2011 117 97 96 1
Mar 2011 133 94 91 3
Feb 2011 131 103 96 7
Jan 2011 142 116 114 2

Probably most interesting is to look at the three tables together.

Source Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
This Blog – WordPress 11,384 10,725 12,270 10,936 9,414 10,816 9,444 10,275 9,615 11,259 8,457 7,418 122,012
Old Blog Site – Blogger 770 801 668 1019 721 700 623 625 929 1075 992 823 9746
Old Blog Site – StatCounter (unique visitors) 116 103 94 97 70 75 69 63 67 85 69 69 977

There is little consistency in the monthly traffic trends experienced by each blog (and given the amount of traffic generated by search engines I would have expected to see a little more consistency in the ups and the downs).

Anyway, that’s about two hours spent on this entry, so I think its time to call it quits.  Until the end of 2012, keep reading…

1 Comment »

  1. [...] 2011 In Review), but I wanted to post a more thorough (less graphic-intensive entry).  In my entry at the end of last year I delved into my statistics in a serious and fairly comprehensive way. I’m not sure if I’m up [...]

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