Traffic to my site has increased - but how?

  • floridafishandhunt.com
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Hey everyone,

I started my website in jan and had 85 unique sites that month.
9 months later I have grown and am getting really excited.
On average I have increased traffic monthly.
This month of september thoug has been wierd.
Usually I was getting about 160 to 200 unigue sites a day.
In the last 3 days though the numbers have gone through the roof.
on the 19th I had 130 uniques
on the 20th I had 356 uniques
on the 21st I had 772 uniques
on the 22nd I had 879 uniques

My question is am I misinterpreting these numbers.
I havent done anything different and the keywords I track
havent changed much.
These numbers are blowing me away.
Here is a link to my stats page.
If anyone could take a look and tell me
what I am really looking at that would be great.
http://www.floridafishandhunt.com/logs/

Thanks,
Doug

By the way I am sick of hurricanes!
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I have same problem. I need to know how to seperate spiders from unique visitors in the AWstats web log.
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Are you noticing an increase in leads/sales that are in line with the increase in "possible" visitors? Otherwise, are you able to track individual keyword searches to your site? If so, you may want to check if you have gotten a positioning boost in one or a few of your keywords.
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too be honest i wouldnt concern myself with why, just be happy and look at improving even more.
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Could theese have anything to do with it ? theese are from your top 15 user agents each month (months with no bots excluded)
Quote:
June
rank hits % agent
7 1841 2.65% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
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August
rank hits % agent
12 2720 1.53% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
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September
rank hits % agent
6 2201 3.36% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
11 839 1.28% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.co
14 708 1.08% Mozilla/4.7 [en](Exabot@exava.com)
15 689 1.05% msnbot/0.3 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)


I really don't know what i'm talking about, Just taking a shot in the dark here :oops:
I'm guessing the increase in bot related agents for September would explain a boost in Septembers numbers.
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I would have a look at your stats to see where all this traffic is coming from.

I use awstats and i find it great as it seperates the bots from real actual visitors. It also tells you what the top referring keywords from SE's are.

It is free so maybe you should look at installing it on your server.
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lol i am happy with this problem if you consider it as problem.
By the beginning of this month the visitors also the sales are doubled within our services too and i am sure that its happening because of peoples are turning to their usual jobs from their yearly holiday and start to get more busy with their yearly services renewings... such as hosting :)
I noticed this activity at the last year at this times but not as much as this one. I think the Net population have grown much more than last year.
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Jess wrote:
too be honest i wouldnt concern myself with why, just be happy and look at improving even more.


I am not 100% agree with you. If he finds out why, he maybe can focus this method he used by mistake, and than, this is the thing that it can improve even more...
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Thats a very good point, by finding out what is causing this increase you can then use it for other future sites and keep increasing your traffic on your current one.
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joebert wrote:
Could theese have anything to do with it ? theese are from your top 15 user agents each month (months with no bots excluded)
Quote:
June
rank hits % agent
7 1841 2.65% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
########
August
rank hits % agent
12 2720 1.53% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
########
September
rank hits % agent
6 2201 3.36% msnbot/0.11 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
11 839 1.28% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.co
14 708 1.08% Mozilla/4.7 [en](Exabot@exava.com)
15 689 1.05% msnbot/0.3 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)


I really don't know what i'm talking about, Just taking a shot in the dark here :oops:
I'm guessing the increase in bot related agents for September would explain a boost in Septembers numbers.


Although, it would be less dramatic, I think Joebart got it right. I think, msn bot just discovered you. In my site too, msn bot is the one that eats the most bandwidth as a single agent (other than IE and Mozilla of course).
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cdx wrote:
Jess wrote:
too be honest i wouldnt concern myself with why, just be happy and look at improving even more.


I am not 100% agree with you. If he finds out why, he maybe can focus this method he used by mistake, and than, this is the thing that it can improve even more...


You have a valid point. But if it happened unexpectedly - then 99.9% of the time it is going to have happened by external factors that are beyond his control.

Hence even if he wanted to replicate it again he wouldn't be able to.
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Living in Florida I don't know why I diddn't think about this earlier..

I bet there is alot of people looking for information on fishing in Florida & just Florida in genneral due to all of the hurricanes we've had this year.
Maybe not the residents as much, but think of all the "snowbirds" that own winter homes here in Florida.
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Yeah, if you've got a lot of Florida residents on your forum chatting about the hurricanes, then that could be boosting you. Have you noticed an unusually high amount of reads on any threads recently?

Hurricane Charley/Frances/Ivan/Jeanne have been some of the top ranking search phrases over the past 6 weeks or so.
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Thats the thing guys and girls,
I havent had a real increase in poeple becoming members of my forum.
I would figure that is that many more people were coming to the site.
I would have a lot of new joins. After reading all of this I would bet it is
just all of the crawling that is blowing up the numbers.

Thanks for all of the input.
I need to jet I have to secure a few more objects in my yard and cook the kids a HUGE breakfast. We are about to get nailed by yet another hurricane. Jeanne! Pray for us.

Doug

I hate not having power for weeks at a time.
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i would say that you guys have a valid point - florida is watched by millions around the world right now.

somehow your site must have been appearing in serps when visitors are searching for floridian news....
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Yea, Since first hurricane, a lot of people is been looking for information about florida, people wants to find out how are they doing. So a theory is, spiders and Bots, they can set some importance to some keywords thinking on the people's interests. They do a type or research, and since your site's relevance to keywords like Florida is high, the update rate get higher, so bots are a little more interested on your web site than some weeks ago.

Just a little theory which may be wrong...

:)
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Here is why your traffic may have increased:

Check out ClickMonkeys.com

Sorry, the urge to post this was stronger than
my power to refrain. ;)
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implix wrote:
Here is why your traffic may have increased:

Check out ClickMonkeys.com

Sorry, the urge to post this was stronger than
my power to refrain. ;)


I'm thinking you should have refrained............................. :P
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interesting. havent heard of clickmonkeys..
is it any good? gonna check it out :-)

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