WEBSITE STATISTICS
 

This page enables the club's committee to monitor website usage and trends. We register unique hits only, so do not count the same visitor more than once on the same day. Also, when we first set up a website in 1997, we did not 'pre-load' our hit counter but started it from zero.

Overview
Monitoring Frequency Monthly
Last Hit Counter Reading 204,122
Date of Above 6th July 2018
Highest No. of Visitors in a Month 4,539 (April 2009)
Lowest No. of Visitors in a Month 277 (June 2018)

In recent years, we have benefitted a lot from television publicity, especially Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' series which mentions us in episode 5. These programmes continue to be repeated on the 'lesser' channels and help to maintain interest in the club, as does the Facebook page which we set up in January 2015. Despite a decline in the number of people visiting this website, it remains our medium for publishing news about Britain's disused railways (of which there has never been more), while our growing impact on Facebook continues to increase our overall visitor numbers. We believe that the appeal of Facebook lies partly in the fact that members (and others) can contribute material directly, including their photographs. The table below summarises the website's results for the last 10 years.

Period
New
Visitors
Return
Visitors
Total
Visitors
2007 (last 5 weeks only)
1,067
85%
189
15%
1,256
2008
15,651
85%
2,762
15%
18,413
2009
20,319
86%
3,357
14%
23,676
2010
13,226
80%
3,324
20%
16,550
2011
14,638
81%
3,443
19%
18,081
2012
13,207
78%
3,670
22%
16,877
2013
15,150
79%
3,906
21%
19,056
2014
10,587
75%
3,573
25%
14,160
2015
7,707
74%
2,765
26%
10,472
2016
5,473
64%
3,118
36%
8,591
2017
3,750
65%
1,986
35%
5,736
... January 2018
269
63%
160
37%
429
... February 2018
200
64%
112
36%
312
... March 2018
214
62%
132
38%
346
... April 2018
198
64%
110
36%
308
... May 2018
163
58%
117
42%
280
... June 2018
177
64%
100
36%
277
Totals
121,996
79%
32,824
21%
154,820
PLUS: Hits from previous website
 
 
  
 
52,547
LESS: Page views in 2015 miscounted as hits
 
 
 
 
–3,442
Hits from 1997 to latest month above
 
 
 
 
203,925

The section below shows our visitor data in graphical form, but the graphs are not updated every month because they take some time to prepare.

Above: Visitors per year from 2008 onwards, which was the first full year in which we tracked their numbers. The peaks coincide with broadcasts of BBC TV's 'Railway Walks' series. If one disregards these peaks as being atypical, the graph reveals a slow downward trend which is commented on at the top of this page.
Above: Visitors per month during the last complete year. Disregarding the atypical peak in January, the site is still manage to attract about 400 visitors per month.
Visitors by Month Since November 2007
Above: This rather crowded graph shows the number of visitors to our site since the present hit counter was installed in late November 2007. The four peaks reveal when the various television channels (BBC2, BBC4 and Yesterday) broadcast and repeated Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' series.
Page Views by Month Since November 2007
Above: This graph is similar to the one above because it shows the number of page views; which generally run at about 10% above our visitor numbers. A 'page view' is a request to load a single HTML file (web page) from an Internet site, whereas a 'hit' (which we refer to as a 'visitor') is a request to load any web page or related file, e.g. a PDF document. Remember that we count only unique hits, so a visitor who spends (say) an hour on our site and views many pages will add only 1 to our hit counter.

The most telling of the above graphs is the purple and grey one ('Visitors per Year'), which shows that our visitor numbers are decreasing. However, visitor numbers on our Facebook page are increasing and, by September 2016, were exceeding 1,000 per month. If one takes our two Internet 'presences' together, we are still doing well for a small club with ca. 18,000 visits in a full year.