Browsing The Website Stats

I like to browse through my website stats to see how visitors get here and what is popular. Along with things like OS’s and browser versions I also occassionally find interesting searches that brought people here. I use Google Analytics and Mint to collect stats and of course no stats program is perfect, but here’s some current highlights.

Firefox is overwhelmingly the browser of choice for visitors to this site. According to Google Analytics 45% of visitors use Firefox, 27% use Internet Explorer, 19% use Safari and 6% use Chrome. Less than 1/2 the Firefox visitors used the latest version (3.5) while more than 1/2 of the IE users were on IE 8. Stats collect by Mint are pretty close to these percentages.

A year ago my visitors were mostly Mac users, these days 65% are Windows users and only 28% are Mac users. Nearly half of those Windows visitors are on Windows XP. I was a little surprised that 35% of the Windows visitors are Vista. Just under 6% are Linux.

Over 90% of my visitors have 1280 X 800 or bigger screens. Eighty-five percent of visitors have Flash 10 and less than 4% had no flash at all. Eighty-eight percent of visitors have java enabled. Of course, user like me who browse with the Firefox no script plugin wouldn’t be seen with Java or Flash unless we specifically enabled it.

Fifty-two percent of you come from the United States which is less than a year ago. The U.K. is second in the list with just over 8% of visitors and Canada sends 6%. Germany is the highest non-English speaking country with 3% of the visitors. Google Analytics identifies 111 different countries/territories visiting the site. Thirty one of those countries brought just one visitor.

While Google Analytics couldn’t determine the connection speed for 24% of my visitors less than 2% use dialup. Cable connections top the list with 37% and DSL is second with 28%. T1 and OC3 connections are less than 10%. I find this a little surprising. Since most of my traffic is during the business day I guess businesses a big into Cable and DSL rather than the T1’s I expected. Or, it could be that Google Analytics doesn’t do a good job of determining connection speed.


While the percentage has been going down, search engines bring the majority of traffic to my site. Google is preferred by a whopping 93% of visitors while Bing brings just over 4%. With Yahoo at under 2% the Bing/Yahoo search combination still won’t make a dent in the Google numbers for this site. Some of those Google numbers are because another brand of search engine uses Google. For example, a Comcast user who searches through the Comcast website gets Google results.

Favored search topics that arrive here are iTunes, Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server and iTunes, AOL and Ubuntu/Linux.

There a few interesting ones. For example, someone searched for the term “comcast customer – ? why do I need windows vista to subscribe” using the Comcast website. The top result for that search is my Comcast Disservice post. Now that’s actually a Google search and not the results of using the Comcast site to do the search, but I don’t get the connection. “Subscribe” does appear in the sidebar but “Vista” is no where on the page. I suspect that person left the site rather quickly.

One the other hand, a search for “reset home server” returns by post on Windows Home Server Recovery which explains how to, you guesses it, reset home server.

Google Analytics says over 3,500 unique search terms have been used to find the site in the last 30 days, only 57 were used 10 or more times.