It’s the start of a new year and so, once again, it’s time for a quick look back on the previous year’s web traffic stats for the blog.
You’ll no doubt recall that 2018 saw the first ever dip in yearly traffic compared to the previous twelve months, with our early exit from the Championship that year resulting in lower than usual activity on here in the second half of 2018. Last year, though, we enjoyed a better Championship run and so it’s no surprise that this meant a renewed surge of traffic to the site.
As a result, 2019 saw higher traffic than ever on the site. Annual page views rose 25% compared to the previous year, topping out at a new high of 3.6m, as the graph below shows.
Mayo GAA Blog, annual page views 2007 – 2019
With the annual traffic count touching a new high, it follows that other traffic milestones were also surpassed in 2019.
A new daily high of 46,931 was recorded on 1st July, the day we were paired with Galway in Round 4 of the qualifiers. This was a figure that smashed the previous high of 32,398 recorded during the height of Newbridge-or-nowhere in June 2018.
In that same week in July last year the all-time weekly high was also exceeded, rising by over 35,000 to 207,388. Overall, traffic for the month of July 2018 surged to 663k. This was up from the previous monthly high of 512k, which had been recorded in August 2017.
All of this means that the chart below showing cumulative hits – which at the year of last year stood just below 18.5 million – once again retains its exponential trend.
Mayo GAA Blog, cumulative page views 2007 – 2019
As ever, it’s largely down to how the lads perform on the field as to whether or not this trend prevails for the year that has just begun. Onwards we go.