Every year in early January I go a bit nerdy and do a post – largely for my own amusement – on what the web traffic to the site was in the previous year and how this measures up to the years before. Here’s the end-2017 update on this topic.
The first graph below shows the annual page views on the blog – which is hosted by Siteground – from its inception in 2007 to the end of last year. As you can see, traffic to the site continued to rise in 2017, with page views topping 3 million for the first time.
You know how I say every year that the cumulative hit count graph always resembles an exponential curve? With cumulative page views rising from 8.9m at the end of 2016 to just under 12m last year, that observation still holds true.
Mayo GAA Blog, cumulative page views 2007 – 2017
With traffic levels continuing to surge it won’t shock you to learn that all of the records that stood this time last year for daily, weekly and monthly highs were exceeded over the course of the year just ended. The new daily high, recorded on 18th September (the day after the All-Ireland final), was perhaps the most significant one in this regard, as the 30,317 hits recorded that day bettered a daily record set over two years prior to that – on 31st August 2015, when 26,270 page views were logged.
The weekly high in 2017, 144,261 hits recorded in Week 34, also topped a high that stood since 2015. The new monthly high – set in August, when 512,395 hits were recorded, as the graph below illustrates – exceeded a high posted in July (495,327), which itself had bested the then all-time monthly high of 407,877 that was recorded in September 2016. Taken together, the months of July and August last year accounted for over one million page views on the site.
Mayo GAA Blog, monthly page views April 2007 – December 2017
The above graph also confirms what a nice quiet place this became in Q4 of last year, so quiet in fact that December’s traffic – when just 93,753 hits were recorded – was the lowest since November 2016. Ah, the peace.
It’s all kicking off (or, to be more precise, throwing in) again now, of course, but sure we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? As long as the lads continue to compete at the very top out on the field, the interest their exploits generates means that the traffic here on the site is all but destined to follow suit. Here’s to more busy servers in 2018.