by Web Minister, November 1, 2002
|Statistic||October, 2001||October, 2002||% change|
|Avg. MIM pages served per day||1238||2103||+69.9%|
|Number of different computers MIM served||13,288||23,853||+79.5%|
|Number of different MIM files actively chosen from||3101||3717||+19.9%|
|MIM data transferred||3.132 Gbytes||3.049 Gbytes||-2.6%|
|Amazon visitors sent||94||221||+135.1%|
By now it appears that in a good active month, MIM gains 80% annually in distinct users. In an excellent month we gain 100% and in an inactive or poorly coordinated month, we may fall to 60% growth. Our megabytes transferred held up pretty well considering that I took down the archive for the whole web site and the fact that people downloaded only 70 .zip files, down from 155 last year.
The new thing for this month was that "Presumed Guilty" took first place in movie reviews ahead of the "Matrix." "Blackhawk Down" also came in third with "Spiderman" fourth. We had 98, 70, 61 & 57 requests respectively for those reviews. Musically, "Bane" got itself 125 hits in our music review section.
Once again, the Art page traffic was close to home page traffic itself, within 5%. The Black Panther page has also been going back up to levels seen in previous years while the Chinese page has fallen; although it remains true that first and second place for reading on our September 11th page is in Chinese and Spanish respectively.
Our second most popular article was not an article but an old radio show, with 598 hits. Probably thanks to the sniper news this month, the MIM Theory article on DC as the leader of (street-crime) murder in some years had 1269 takers. Somewhat more surprising, our "Classics" page had 1100 takers as did our radio page overall.
Having fallen from popularity in recent months, our "Myths of Mao" article came back up to 397 hits, which is still down from 437 hits a year ago. Our party congress 2002 article defining fascism also had some attention with 339 hits and our "RCP-USA" page was well read with 240 hits. I'm sorry to say that our last minute effort to put up Jose Maria Sison's audio interviews showed only 29 hits on the most popular one.
The agitation page had only 269 hits. However, at least the California bandgcal.pdf received 246 readings. The RAIL rail.html had 209 hits. The DC RAIL page had 159 hits. The imperialist kills page had 151 hits. The lesson to be learned is not to get discouraged in the RAIL and agitating section. If people keep on campaigning and writing stories covering their campaigns and demonstrations, these sections will continue to grow in web traffic.
With regard to language, Spanish resumed second place overall ahead of Chinese because of a big drop-off this month
in Chinese readership.
Thus while attention to Chinese fell, German (85 in 2001) and Turkish saw gains in traffic.
|FAQ question||# of times requested|
FAQ reading increased more than 50% over last year, and none of the top three this year were in the top three last year.
|Theory article||# times requested|
|Myths of Mao||397|
|Congress 2002 fascism definition||339|
|What is MIM?||311|
|FBI's war on southern California BPP||261 (up from 162 last year)|
Thus, we saw a strong increase in MIM Theory reading.
1. The numbers in these reports are conservative estimates for a number of reasons.
a. The number of computer users refers to number of computers. The number of users could be higher or lower, because some computers serve pages to more than one individual, because individuals share computers and because conversely individuals use computers in more than one place.
b. The number of pages served should be thought of as a minimum, because statistics do not count re-readings or re-servings from local computer memory. Nor do they count sharing of pages once downloaded.
c. Most but not all graphics served are excluded from the figures to cut back on increasing "page" averages just by calling up various graphics. Without specifically programming this, a casual analyst will overcount web traffic thanks to graphics.
2. Tracking where computers are from is bound to have some error as many wise users intentionally surf the web and leave a false trail. On the other hand, we doubt that such error means that non-U.$. readership is lower than reported, given that we do not count .com, .net and .edu readership.