Hit Statistics For Hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains Website

Latest Webtrends report for entire tchester.org domain.

With access to the full hit logs at my new domain, I can do some better analysis of the accesses to pages on this site. I have begun with analyzing the first month's hits for the main hiking page.

I have eliminated all hits by robots by tossing any identified robots. The ones in the first four weeks for any page on the site were:

Robot NameWeek
FAST-Webcrawler/2.0.9 314 14 2 1
FAST-Webcrawler/2.0.10   1 2
Googlebot/1.0 37 230 2 58
LinkLint-checkonly/2.1  1 1
Microsoft URL Control - 6.00.8169   168
nttdirectory_robot/0.9 2  
Scooter/2.0  213 77 

Hit Statistics For Hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains Main Page

The raw number of Hits vs. Date shows fairly steady traffic averaging 30-50 hits per day except for a few days near the beginning of this domain's existence. Interestingly, Hits by day of week shows that the hits peak on Wednesday through Saturday, and are lowest on Sunday through Tuesday. This may correspond with hikers looking for a hike to do on the weekend.

It is difficult to separate new users from old users. Clues to that are found in IP Addresses vs. Date and "Domains" vs. Date, where I have separated never-before-seen addresses from new addresses appearing for the first time. The entire four week period is considered as a unit, so any given IP address is only new once in these plots.

For the IP addresses plot, I have counted only exact four digit repeats (for example,, whereas for the "domain" plot I have counted only unique first two digit addresses (134.4). The first two digits of the address identifies uniquely the organization registering the domain name (for example, IPAC is 134.4, Earthlink is 207.217, 209.78 among others, znet is 207.167, etc.), with the last two digits identifying specific computers within that "domain". Large organizations like Earthlink usually have more than one "domain", since each domain can have only 256*256 = 65,536 unique IP addresses. Unique IP addresses do not necessarily mean unique individuals accessing the page, since most dial-up users get assigned a different IP address with each connection.

I place the word "domain" in quotes, because domain means the name of a given website and not the numbers in the IP address. But because of the general correspondence between the first two digits of the IP address with the domain name, I use "domain" as shorthand for those first two digits.

Within these limitations, about 30 hits per day are never-before-seen IP addresses, and about 10 hits per day are IP addresses seen before. It is similar for "domains": 20-35 hits per day are brand new, and about 10-20 are previously-seen domains.

It is surprising to me that there is not a general decline of new users with time. If that continues to be true for longer time intervals, it may imply that a lot of people find the main page through some search, but then do not find anything of interest to them to bring them back later. I'll analyze the rest of the pages to get the number of people who continue on from the main page.

Hits by robots are unimportant for pages that get this much action. There were 9 total hits by robots, {2, 2, 2, 3} for the four weeks. Again, these were not included in the numbers analyzed in this section.

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Updated 3 June 2000.