WEB SITE STATS

Every once in a while, someone asks me how popular this dog and pony show of a web site is. Usually, they ask me how many visitors I get a day. I don’t have an answer since I never process my log file to find out. Last night, I decided to process a 29 Mb traffic log file to see how things were going. The generated report was pretty interesting.

I’ll give you the general results here. The log tracked visits for nearly a year, about 330 days. Here’s an excerpt:

Analysed requests from Wed-28-May-2003 11:09 to Wed-21-Apr-2004 01:46 (328.61 days).

GENERAL SUMMARY

(Figures in parentheses refer to the 7-day period ending 21-Apr-2004 02:20).

Successful requests: 302,274 (5,758)

Average successful requests per day: 919 (822)

Successful requests for pages: 88,804 (1,922)

Average successful requests for pages per day: 270 (274)

Failed requests: 40 (0)

Redirected requests: 1,798 (26)

Distinct files requested: 2,401 (1,181)

Distinct hosts served: 12,364 (771)

Corrupt logfile lines: 3

Data transferred: 8.628 gigabytes (208.681 megabytes)

Average data transferred per day: 26.887 megabytes (29.811 megabytes)

There are several items to note. First, my site receives nearly a thousand requests a day for files. That’s pretty amazing considering no one knew this site three years ago. In terms of just plain HTML pages, I average about 270-275 requests a day for those. Again, pretty good in my books. Lastly, over the last seven days, 771 unique computers came looking at my site. That’s over 110 unique visitors per day in the last week. So, there’s your answer.

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