Virtual School Meanderings

August 31, 2016

Statistics for August 2016

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Over the past month there were 3,756 hits to this blog from 2,093 different visitors, which has actually been quite consistent (a dozen or two up or down).

Can’t seem to access the old statistics page, so I can’t copy and paste (and I can only get data from the past 10 months).  This means not a lot to report this month.

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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August 1, 2016

EDTECH537 – Image Entry: Statistics for July 2016

As I mentioned in the Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I wanted to post a sample of an image entry.  As I describe in the course materials, an image entry is any entry that includes an image in it.  So in theory the EDTech @ Boise State logo that you see in the top right makes this an image entry.  However, generally I try to post an example that is a bit more substantial.

During each month, the day after the month has ended I post a statistics entry for the previous month and backdate it to a minute before midnight (see Statistics for June 2016 as the most recent example).  As I have mentioned in the past, WordPress has changed the way it provides statistics – so some months when I click on the statistics I get the old page and some months I get the new system.  Normally, I would say that it is unfortunate that I can’t copy and paste from the new system, but this month is means I can simply take screen shots and highlight my statistics through entries.

Over the past month there were 3,581 hits to this blog from 1,954 different visitors, compared to 3,114 hits from 1,980 visitors in June.

The top ten entries this past month included:

posts

Interesting to note that only four of the ten most visited entries were posted in the month of July.  Several of them are years old (including the entry on the Questions About the School of Tomorrow entry that came up a fair amount during our discussions about the Potential Hazards of Blogging).

Visitors came across my blog through a variety of ways, but the most common way was through search engines.

referrer

It is worth noting that Facebook and Twitter are the second and third highest referring sources (which speaks to the importance of posting notices of your entries on your social networks) – although combined they only account for a fifth of what search engines account for.  So it is worth looking at what people searched when they used those search engines.

search

While the search terms line up with what became the top entries, it is important to note that these terms represent everything that had more than a single entry.  So you see a lot of searches about holiday notices, and a bunch about the school of tomorrow (or ACE).  The holiday notices really have nothing to do with K-12 online learning, but it was the most popular entry this past month and accounted for half of the top searches (which I suspect disappointed those folks).

Anyway, in terms of where these folks came from, it is actually always a bit impressive to me the span that my blog does have.

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And the top ten countries included:

countries

Predictably, the United States and Canada are at the top.  However, I’m always surprised at how the rest of the list shakes down.

Now this kind of statistics entry is something I do every month.  I post it so my readers can get a sense of what others see in this space.  But, more importantly, it is a way for me to do a quick assessment of what is working on my blog and what impact it is having.  For example, the Questions About the School of Tomorrow entry is always near the top of the list of popular entries – almost every single month.  This means that this content is popular and maybe I should post more along that topic.  If you look through my blog history, I have posted two other entries about this program (see Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education and Guest Blogger: School of Tomorrow) – the first of which generated a lot of discussion, but the second has largely flown under the radar (granted there was a typo in the title, which I just fixed so it will be interesting to see if that changes things for next month).

Finally, as most folks know I originally blogged using Blogger – before switching to WordPress.  I have left the old blog site active, as the final entry drives traffic to the current blog.  Each month I still receive the statistics from that old blog site (and it still generates some traffic)…

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June 30, 2016

Statistics for June 2016

This entry is being posted back-dated.

As my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom is currently underway, I try to post a little more detailed statistics entry (at least compared to the normal quick monthly update)

Over the past month there were 3,114 hits to this blog from 1,980 different visitors, compared to 3,775 hits from 2,074 visitors in May (and 2,876 hits in June 2015).

The top ten entries for the past month were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  3. Special Offer For Your Family From K12
  4. Student Holiday Notice
  5. AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
  6. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  7. Virtual Schooling In The News
  8. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  9. More On K-12 Online Learning In Canada
  10. Review – Frog Dissection

Interestingly, only the “Virtual School in the News” entry was from the past month (and the only one from 2016 to be honest).

If you look at how folks found my blog, you get this picture:

  1. Search Engines
    • Google Search
    • Bing
    • Yahoo Search
    • Google Image Search
    • Ask.com
    • AOL
    • myway.com
    • Google Mobile
    • duckduckgo.com
    • Baidu
    • dogpile.com
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. fix-website-errors.com/try.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fvirtualschooling.wordpress.com
  5. WordPress.com Reader
  6. free-video-tool.com
  7. com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
  8. michaelbarbour.com
  9. pinterest.com
  10. scoop.it

A couple of observations…  Search engines account for approximately 15x the traffic of any other source, and Google represents 95% of all of my search engine traffic).  All of my blog entries are posted to my Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts, so it makes sense that Twitter and Facebook would be near the top of that referrer list (n.b., Google+ and LinkedIn would have been 18 and 19 had I continued that list to 20, instead of stopping at 10).  Finally, this past year – as a part of Darren Cannell’s Increase Your Digital Clout activity I created accounts on Pinterest and Scoop as a way to generate more activity to this blog.

As search engines make up such a large part of my traffic, it is interesting to see the most popular search terms used:

  1. motivational and affective factors
  2. lrn regestered
  3. how to write holiday notice in school
  4. how to write a holiday note for school
  5. ace homeschool graduates
  6. edeneden2016@gmail.com
  7. charter, alternative, virtual schools account for most low-grad-rate schools, study finds
  8. school notice for holiday
  9. school notice on holiday
  10. pictures of online learning
  11. school holiday notice sample
  12. technology counts 2016
  13. permission to use survey instrument
  14. esn webinars
  15. dissertation topivs k 12
  16. school holiday notice
  17. promo code for keystone school
  18. virtual learning apps
  19. school of tomorrow philippines
  20. online vs brick and mortar schools

Another interesting observation is the fact that the vast majority of these search terms have nothing to do with K-12 distance, online and blended learning.

Finally, as most folks know I originally blogged using Blogger – before switching to WordPress.  I have left the old blog site active, as the final entry drives traffic to the current blog.  Each month I still receive the statistics from that old blog site (and it still generates some traffic)…

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May 31, 2016

Statistics for May 2016

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Over the past month there were 3,775 hits to this blog from 2,074 different visitors (compared to 3,371 hits from 2,179 visitors in April).

Can’t seem to access the old statistics page, so I can’t copy and paste (and I can only get data from the past 10 months).  This means not a lot to report this month.

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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April 30, 2016

Statistics for April 2016

This entry is being posted back-dated.

Over the past month there were 3,371 hits to this blog from 2,179 different visitors (compared to 3477 hits from 2,183 visitors in March).  This was quite consistent with April 2015, when I had 3,367 hits.

The top ten entries from the past 30 days were:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Student Holiday Notice
  3. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  4. Review – Frog Dissection
  5. Special Offer For Your Family From K12
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  8. Introducing Our New Social Media Course at FLVS
  9. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  10. Early Bird Special – May 2013

Finally, the statistics from my old blog site

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