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Stats week 1: What a lovely long tail you have!

Before we launched, I made a prediction to the rest of the team—Thomas, Dieter and Joe—that the majority of our traffic, and thus our market, would be American.

Well, I can admit when I’m wrong.

Hooray for numbers! I like facts!

Visitor Locations

It’s true that American traffic has been the single largest unified segment of our traffic, at 41.4%, but we’ve been receiving significantly more non-US traffic than US traffic (the remaining 58.6%).

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Our long tail is really long, petering out with a lot of “one hit wonders” (sorry!) from 15 countries such as Latvia, Estonia, the UAE, Iran, Afghanistan, and Mauritius.

I’m a little surprised.

I don’t know if this is typical or if it may be because we’ve got the attention of more Europeans, thanks to our being in Austria. The fact that the 3rd highest country is Germany is not surprising to me due to the sheer strength of the German design and indie web industry.

Browsers

Unsurprisingly, Firefox dominates, with IE low down on the ladder at about 6% total for all versions. Safari is only 19%, though, and I thought it would be higher.

Google Chrome’s actually got a very respectable slice with 7%, a greater market share than all types of IE combined. We hadn’t devoted much time to testing in Chrome but now that’ll change.

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Traffic Sources

We had a couple “traffic events”: David mentioned us in a tweet. We got mentioned on Lifehacker and Ajaxian. We were #1 on Delicious popular for a short time. Screenshots of our front page & app have made it onto a number of design gallery sites (the kind without commentary—like CSSMania).

Interesting findings:

  • CSSMania sent us more than twice as much direct traffic as Lifehacker (& more people signed up, too)
  • Ajaxian sent us yet more direct traffic than either of those two—to the tune of nearly 4 times more than Lifehacker
  • Delicious popular is a big source of traffic, despite the fact that people almost never talk about it in the same breath as more showy “today’s hot link” sites (e.g. reddit, Digg, etc)
  • While Google Reader by far has the lion’s share, long tail on RSS feed readers can stretch on for miles

When we heard about the Lifehacker post, we were sure we tried to prepare for an unexpected flood of incoming traffic—thankfully, it wasn’t the case.

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I’m intrigued by the Direct / Bookmark vs Links numbers shown here. (Social Media includes Twitter, and RSS Readers can’t identify the many homebrew or low-profile web-based ones.)

I can only assume that many of the Direct / Bookmark visitors are, in fact, coming from desktop-based RSS readers. Or else people sure do talk about us a lot to their friends.

Lessons:

The US simply doesn’t have a monopoly on edgy web stuff, even if it appears to be the case. We sure have a lot of international visitors. (We’ve noticed some of our most active customers are, too.)

We won’t lose much if we stop supporting IE 6, which we planned to do. (We’ll just be sure to announce it clearly first.) Thank god.

I really wanted to avoid a big launch. We intentionally avoided creating a build up, etc., etc. It mostly worked.

Our stats software

FYI: The screenshots are from our Clicky account. We use it to supplement Google Analytics & are quite happy with it.

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