From the desk of the Lt. Governor:
Today is the third month anniversary of this website! This website was created February 3, 2014, as an “unofficial, temporary, test” website for and about the Ruritan Rapidan District. The intention was to “test the waters” to see if a more permanent website would be a good idea.
This is a good time to share some site statistics, (for those readers that thrive on statistics) to demonstrate the value of a website such as this.
On the one month anniversary of the website, a post discussed some statistics of the site, and shared that there had been 671 “hits” (visits, how much “traffic”) to the website.
On the two month anniversary of the website, there were 1332 “hits.”
Now, on the third month anniversary of the website, as of the writing of this post, at 3:42 pm on May 3, 2014, there have been 2,088 hits!
There are several charts available to me, as the webmaster, that shows details of things such as how people found the website. Copies of those charts can be found below. All of these charts were pulled around 10:00 a.m. today.
The first chart shown below is shows the titles of the top posts and pages since the website was created. You will notice that one of the most popular pages is the page that lists the Spotsylvania County Ruritan Clubs. This suggests that people are using this website to help locate Ruritan Clubs in their communities. This also suggests that if each local club had their own website, that the people that came to this website would have been able to click on the club’s link to get more information about the club. This supports the idea that each local club would derive benefits from having their own website.
The second chart shown below shows the “Referrers for all days” since the website was created. If you look at the top two listings, you will see that most of the referrers are “Search Engines,” (most popular search engines are Google and Yahoo) followed closely by Facebook. This helps to lend weight to the thought that having BOTH a website AND a Facebook page are a smart way to increase public awareness of the clubs.
And last, but not least, the lengthiest chart (three pages long) shows what search terms were used in search engines since the website was created. If you read the search terms, you may be surprised what search terms were used that ended up bringing people to this website.
Hopefully within one month’s time, this website may “migrate” to a different URL – one that no longer has the “wordpress.com” extension at the end. When that happens, the “hits” counter will probably be re-set to 0, and all of the other statistics will start over again. I think it will be interesting to see how this (and the new) website continues to serve the clubs of the Rapidan District. I hope you’ll “Stay Tuned” and see how it all works out.