For the last few years I’ve done a post in early January providing an overview of traffic to the site over the previous twelve months, placing this information in the context of traffic generated since the blog’s inception, which is close to nine years ago now. So, then, here’s the end-2015 picture.
The first graph below illustrates how 2015 fared out. As you can see, it was another year of strong growth, with the number of page views recorded jumping by 47% compared to 2015, topping two million inside a single year for the first time.
Mayo GAA Blog, annual page views 2007 – 2015
It follows mathematically that the cumulative hit count should also have risen sharply in 2015 and the graph below confirms this. The five million mark was breached in July last year and then in early December – on the same day, spookily, that the two million annual hit count was reached – the site broke through six million cumulative hits.
Mayo GAA Blog, cumulative page views 2007 – 2015
Given that both of the above graphs show what are pretty much text-book exponential curves, it’s little surprise that the daily, weekly and monthly hit count records were all surpassed in 2015. The count for busiest day ever on the site now stands at 26,270 page views, a total recorded on 31st August last, i.e. the day after our drawn semi-final with Dublin. It’s also, as far as I can recall, the only day in which I’ve posted five separate pieces to the site in a single day. The comments were, as I recall, fairly hopping that day too.
Interestingly, the second-busiest day last year in terms of traffic was 29th September, the day the players’ no-confidence vote was announced. 22,858 hits were recorded then, on a day when there were hits being delivered all over the gaff.
2015 was also the first year where the daily hit count on the site never once fell below 1,000. In fact, it only once dipped below 1,400 – on Christmas Day, where 1,392 page views were recorded. Some things remain at least partly sacred.
It’s hard to know how 2016 will measure up traffic-wise. If last Sunday is anything to go by, however, when 13,318 hits were recorded on the day the team played its first FBD match of the year, it could well be the case that the curve remains an upward one. I guess that if the lads continue to perform with the same kind of distinction on the field as they’ve done in previous years then it’s almost a given that online interest will continue to expand too. Onwards and upwards we go.