[Marxism] re:Spike in archive visits
dwalters at marxists.org
Tue Nov 9 11:12:44 MST 2004
The Marxists Internet Archive received in October 1,376,5738 hits.
While out techno-geeks communist volunteers do their best to eliminate
'bot's, search engine and other non-human hits, many/alot/most get
through. We have a page on our server stats (just our main one, not the
5 mirrors). Take a look at it as we break it down to exactly what file,
what page, etc get's hit.(it is fascinating to see what files are the
most popular, what writers, etc) It is at:
For last month see:
Our stats show *where* someone came from to get to the site, as well as
where they left, which pages get hit, etc. The software for this, as I
understand it, was developed by our techno-geeks. Ergo, it's free of
charge to anyone who wants to use it but write us about it for sure.
Having said all that I wouldn't take the numbers too seriously. Clearly
with things like "Lenin" and "socialism" we are going to get a lot of
hits...at least by search engines. How long they stay, another key
indication, I'm not so sure about, and this would be the most telling,
as would multiple hits from the same IP address to similar pages.
When I look at stats like these, I usually divide by 5 and then get a
number of actual users.
I only use Marxmail's archive site to read messages, I don't get them
in my mail-box. I must hit the archives about 40 times a week simply
going in an out, refreshing the page, or starting brand new. No online
software can tell which is which so I may be counted as 40, or more, or
less. This should be true with sites like this and marxists.org as
Another consideration. On the MIA we only use "relative links" instead
of "absolute links". Some statistical software, and most online
software, can't tell the difference, which is important. With an
absolute link, or anchor, it means the browser goes back out on the
internet, comes back in, and displays the page or anchor. This throws
off the statistics. Relative links usually, not always, maintain the
same 'hit' because the link is faster by moving up and down the
That's my thoughts on this, I'm glad marxmail is getting more hits,
anyway, it's always a good thing.
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