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Site visitors (2010-16)

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This page gives a summary of site visitors based on Google Analytics. The site has been tracked by Google Analytics since July 2009.

Google Analytics provides statistics on visitors, page views, pages per visit, time on site and new visitors.

Visitors who leave when they see the site is not what they are looking for are classified as bounce visitors. A visitor can bounce by: Clicking on a link to a page on a different web site; Closing an open window or tab; Typing a new URL; Clicking the "Back" button to leave the site; Session time-out (no activity for 30 minutes).

This page replaces a previous page that reported site visitors for four years, 2010 to 2013.

Visitors and Pageviews

In the seven calendar years 2010-2016 there were almost 38,000 visits to this website, with 68% of visits classified as bounce. Bounce visitors only viewed one page and left after a few seconds - the site was presumably not what they were looking for.

For the years 2010-2016, non-bounce visitors (12,133 visits) viewed 3.41 pages on average: 8% 1 page, 49% 2 pages, 18% 3 pages, 8% 4 pages, 13% 5-10 pages and 4% more than 10 pages. The average length of non-bounce visits (2010-2016) was almost 4 minutes, with 40% of visits being less than 1 minute, 21% of visits being 1-3 minutes, 23% of visits being 3-10 minutes and 16% of visits lasting over 10 minutes.

Statistics on an annual basis are shown in the table below.

Annual statistics for all visitors and non-bounce visitors
(visits per year, pageviews per year, pages viewed per visit, average duration of visit).


  Visits Pageviews Pages per
visit
Duration
(min:sec)

All visitors        
2010 5,965 11,834 1.98 1:51
2011 5,823 11,566 1.99 1:34
2012 7,308 12,992 1.78 1:21
2013 5,887 10,340 1.76 2:12
2014 4,953 7,742 1.56 1:49
2015 4,332 6,720 1.55 1:59
2016 3,654 5,957 1.63 1:50
Total 37,915 67,141 1.77 1:47
Non-bounce        
2010 1,787 7,653 4.28 6:11
2011 2,068 7,811 3.78 4:24
2012 2,298 8,298 3.25 3:55
2013 1,628 6,081 3.74 7:57
2014 1,496 4,285 2.86 5:59
2015 1,299 6,720 2.84 6:38
2016 1,325 3,628 2.74 5:04
Total 12,133 10,037 3.41 5:33

Non-bounce visitors came from 120 countries over the seven years. As shown in the table below, the top five countries for non-bounce visitors were New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Canada, representing 83% of visits. Non-bounce visitors from New Zealand and Australia stayed on the site longer.

Top five countries for non-bounce visits during 2010-16
(Number and percentage of visits, pages viewed per visit and average duration of visit).


Country Visits % Pages per
visit
Duration
(min:sec)

New Zealand 5,050 42% 3.77 7:26
Australia 1,551 13% 4.26 7:31
United States 1,732 14% 2.75 3:27
United Kingdom 1,416 12% 3.05 3:38
Canada 350 3% 3.14 3:24

Most visits to this site (87%) were by visitors using desktop computers. However mobile device use is increasing with the following number of visits each year: 45 (1%) in 2010, 163 (3%) in 2011, 493 (7%) in 2012, 833 (14%) in 2013, 1163 (23%) in 2014, 1218 (28%) in 2015 and 986 (27%) in 2016.

In 2013 most people who visited the site found it from a search engine, with Google being the main source (56%). Some visitors were referred from other web sites, mainly genealogy sites. A proportion of visitors (20%) visited the site directly. The proportions were similar in 2016, 62% from search engines, 25% referred, 9% direct access, and 4% Social media sites (mainly Blogger and Facebook).

Demographics

Visitors to the site were mainly female (60%). Approximately half the site visitors were over 55 years of age. For non-bounce site visits during 2014-2016, the proportion of visitors in each age category was: 18-24 years 6%, 25-34 years 8%, 35-44 years 13%, 45-54 years 18%, 55-64 years 22% and 65+ years 32%.

Content

Google Analytics allows analysis of which pages are visited, and how often. The following statistics are based on the seven year period 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2016 for non-bounce visitors (32% of site visits).

The table below shows the number of pageviews for different parts of this web site by non-bounce visitors. The different sections of the site correspond to the headings on the site menus. For example, the nine pages in the Site section include the following pages: Site map, Site changes, Site visitors, Contact details, Guestbook, Visitor comments, People index, Places index and a previously available Site Information page. Each section had different numbers of pages available to view as indicated in the table.

Pageviews for different sections of this site.


Section Pages Total
Pageviews
Percent
Pageviews

Home Page 1 4,392 11%
Site 9 2,046 5%
Family Tree 8 2,997 7%
Family Notes 13 8,159 20%
Family Photos 23 5,803 14%
Places - Europe 21 6,480 16%
Places - NZ 4 2,674 7%
Articles 15 2,732 7%
Search Page 1 3,503 5%
Handheld 143 1,530 4%

The Home page was the most frequently visited page on the site, with 11% of pageviews by non-bounce visitors.

The "Site" section of the site attracted 5% of visits, with the three most visited pages being the Site map, Contact details and People Index for the site.

The "Family Tree" secton of the site attracted 7% of visits. The Research sources page was the most frequently visited in this section, followed by the page listing my internet bookmarks for genealoogy research.

The "Family Notes" and "Family Photos" sections of the site attracted 34% of page views. These visits are discussed in more detail after the next table.

The "Places - Europe" had 21 pages, which received 16% of pageviews. Within this section, the Lubeck page (Germany) was the fourth most visited page on the site with 1,522 pageviews by non-bounce visitors (4% of pageviews). The Walsall page (England) was the next most visited page in the "Places - Europe" section.

The Matawai page was the most visited in the "Places - New Zealand" section. The page was the third most visited page on the site with 1,695 pageviews by non-bounce visitors (4% of pageviews).

The "Articles" section with 15 pages had 7% of pageviews. The most frequently visited page in this section was the page outling the 1982 Suicide bombing of the Government Computer Centre in Wanganui.

The "Search page" on the site was the second most frequently viewed page with 5% of pageviews. This included both visits to the page and the page with search results displayed.

The "Handheld section" duplicated pages in Family Notes, Family Photos, Places and Articles sections; with content split over several smaller pages. The Handheld section of the site was introduced in April 2010 and removed in June 2011. The section had a large number of pages that were visited infrequently and page updates were difficult to implement.

Pageviews for family pages by non-bounce visitors


Family Notes Page Photo Pages Total

Berkahn 903 217 1,120
Heavey 318 None 318
Jones 276 15 291
Korte 1,083 1,112 2,195
McLaren 481 None 481
Redpath 885 1,254 2,139
Rushbrooke 482 None 482
Spurdle 865 None 865
Trueman 280 39 319
Walker 830 2,146 2,976
Wallace 1,447 None 1,447

The table above gives details of pageviews for the "Family Notes" and "Family Photos" sections of the site, based on non-bounce visitors. There was only one page for each family in "Family Notes", but up to 9 photo pages in "Family Photos". There were no photo pages where pageviews are "None". Column totals for the table above do not match the one above it because some index pages are excluded.

In the "Family Notes" section, most pageviews were for the Wallace family, followed by the Korte and Berkahn family pages.

In the "Family Photos" section, most pageviews were for the Walker family which had 5 pages of photographs.