Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, September 4, 2009 9:22 am

A small mystery

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 9:22 am

Yesterday, this blog got the second-highest one-day total for page views in its 7 1/2-year history.

Usually when I have a big day, page-view-wise, the overwhelming majority of the views come from a single referrer. But yesterday’s surge appears to have been incredibly diffuse: The source accounting for the largest number of referrals sent only 15 people my way. That’s just a few percentage points’ worth of the hits. I guess the death-penalty post, which appears to have gotten the most views, went viral, in a small way. I’ve never really had that happen before. Interesting.


  1. Google works in mysterious ways. Seriously, the search placement algorithms probably took into account the weight of the death penalty subject, the quality and quantity of original text, the quality of the links and the overall newsworthiness. It is no big secret how good blogs become great.

    Comment by Fec — Friday, September 4, 2009 11:51 am @ 11:51 am

  2. Says the man who walks it like he talks it.

    I thought about Google, too. Problem is, every Google search shows up as a separate referrer unless the search phrasing is identical — and no one Google search appears to have accounted for more than a single page view. I’m struggling to come up with even a couple of dozen unique combinations that would pull my site and/or that post on, say, the first page of Google results. To explain the numbers I got, there would have to have been hundreds.

    One thing’s for sure: Every capital-punishment foe in the country who blogs has linked to that New Yorker article by now (or will have by Monday, once people’s hard copies of the magazine get to them in the mail), along with people like me.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, September 4, 2009 4:40 pm @ 4:40 pm

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