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Half A Million Visitors. Or More?

Since March of 2005, WILLisms.com has accumulated 500,000 visitors, according to Site Meter.

But my server, mediatemple.net, shows different stats, going back to January 18, 2005, when I made my first real post here:


So, yeah, that's obviously a lot more sessions and pageviews and hits than Site Meter is indicating.

Just for reference, some highlights of the top 100 referrals:

~60% of WILLisms.com sessions have had no referral. People have just typed in the address or used a bookmark on their web browser and gone to the site. Roughly 9.5% have come from google image searches. Nearly 3% have come from regular google searches. If you add up all the separate foreign google referrals, it would add up to a few percent or so. Same with the various yahoo searches.

Roughly 1.5% have come from Instapundit. Roughly .75% have come from Michelle Malkin. Neal Boortz is responsible for .32% of WILLisms.com sessions, and Wizbang isn't that far behind, at .26%.

File It Under has contributed .04% of the sessions, just under the .05% both Gateway Pundit and Wunderkraut have contributed, and well behind the .10% Viking Pundit has sent my way.

File It Under is, however, ahead of GOPinion, PoliPundit, Patrick Ruffini, Outside The Beltway, and Little Green Footballs.

Beyond that, we're outside the top 100 referrals.

And speaking of referrals, just a skim of the list of countries indicates that North Korea may very well be the only country on the entire planet not represented. The top countries after the United States:

1. Mexico
2. Canada
3. Malaysia
4. Germany
5. Saudi Arabia
6. Netherlands
7. Italy
8. United Kingdom
9. France
10. Australia

I am not entirely sure how meaningful the country stats are, though. It seems as if only a relatively small number are actually registered.

Oh, and here's some interesting and weird search terms:


Beyond those, it's a lot of combinations of the same. Oprah and Tom Cruise. Kanye and Bush. Etc. But there's also lots of encouraging search terms, like, "why+taxes+are+bad" and "social+security+ponzi" and "reggie+bush+overrated" and so on.

The most requested individual posts (by other computers), beyond the main index and monthly archives, are:

1. June 7, 2005: Carnival Of Classiness.
2. June 9, 2005: Social Security Reform Thursday.
3. June 8, 2005: Make Or Break Moment For John McCain.
4. January 20, 2005: 62,041,268.
5. March 29, 2005: Johnny Cochran Has Passed Away.
6. April 25, 2005: Carnival Of The Capitalists.
7. January 22, 2005: Roe v. Wade Turns 32.
8. March 21, 2005: More On The Babe Theory of Political Movements.
9. June 25, 2005: Rabid Donkeys On The Loose.
10. June 2, 2005: Jacques Chirac, Fin.

Not necessarily my best 10 posts there throughout the top 10, but definitely some good ones in there.

Anyway, yeah, half a million. Up a hundred grand from February 21.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 April 2006 07:19 PM


Congratulations Willisms on half a million visitors! I recommend at least three visits a day for maximum relief!!!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 22, 2006 08:11 PM

Congratulations Will, personally I don't go a day without Willisms.com, the smooth, satisfying and classy blog with a heart. By the way, the check is in the mail. P.S. what percentage of the visits is from ZsaZsa?

Posted by: Bill at April 22, 2006 08:17 PM

When you look at your server stats you have to remember that they probably include google, yahoo and other search engine bots.

Posted by: Eric at April 22, 2006 09:01 PM

Don't forget those of us who read via RSS and don't have to visit the site, too.

Posted by: Jeff at April 22, 2006 11:36 PM

Hey, I have to send you traffic. Now that Scrivener has pretty much folded up, you're the only blogger left who still cares about entitlement reform.

Posted by: Eric Lindholm at April 23, 2006 09:54 AM

Congrats, Will. You have a niche blog with your unrelenting entitlement reform theme.

I am disappointed that you don't get more "howard+dean+sausage" referrals, though.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 23, 2006 10:30 AM

Will, I'm not sure how it works, but I sindicate your site. Everytime I load my.yahoo.com homepage, it probably pings your xml/atom feed for stories.

That may be the discrepancy between Sitemeter and your server stats.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 23, 2006 10:43 AM

Congratulations on an amazing and important milestone!

You deserve it, Will. The work you have done on this blog is simply awesome and Ken has been a great addition!

Here's to a million!

Mr. Right

Posted by: Mr. Right at April 25, 2006 02:44 AM