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 200,161
Date of Above 1st September 2017
Highest No. of Visitors in a Month 4,539 (April 2009)
Lowest No. of Visitors in a Month 356 (February 2017)

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 site, our impact on Facebook is growing, no doubt because members (and others) can contribute material directly, including their photographs. However, the website remains our medium for publishing news about Britain's disused railways – and there's never been more of it.

The table below summarises the website's results for the last 10 years. After marked increases in visitor numbers between November and January, they dropped sharply in February this year, and we do not know why that was; we wonder if our service provider introduced a new methodology, but there's no way of telling without changing to a different provider. (At the moment, we've got better things to do, like keeping the news up to date!)

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
20,314
86%
3,357
14%
23,671
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
15,146
79%
3,906
21%
19,052
2014
10,587
75%
3,573
25%
14,160
2015
7,707
74%
2,765
26%
10,472
2016
5,469
64%
3,118
36%
8,587
... January 2017
631
73%
229
27%
860
... February 2017
235
66%
121
34%
356
... March 2017
253
58%
182
42%
435
... April 2017
363
65%
192
35%
555
... May 2017
269
63%
159
37%
428
... June 2017
250
60%
168
40%
418
... July 2017
297
64%
169
36%
466
... August 2017
325
63%
194
37%
519
Totals
119,634
79%
31,521
21%
151,155
PLUS: Hits from previous website
 
 
  
 
52,547
PLUS: Hits to date in current month (1 day)
 
 
 
 
5
LESS: Page views in 2015 counted as hits
 
 
 
 
–3,546
Hits since site launch in 1997
 
 
 
 
200,161

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. The surge in November and December is noticeable, following the relaxation of restrictions on which browsers could index the site.
Visitors by Month Since November 2007
Above: This now rather crowded graph shows the number of visitors to our site since the present hit counter was installed in late November 2007. The four big peaks reveal clearly 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 on a downward trajectory. On the plus side, in September 2016, our Facebook page received over 1,000 visits while this website received exactly 630 hits, producing well over 1,600 visits during the month to Internet sites run by the club. That equates to over 19,000 visits in a full year, which is good going for a small club.