I thought some of you might be interested in some recent stats for (no not this blog). Here’s what happened so far this month: March 1-18, 2012.

1,322 distinct files were requested.
34,715 distinct hosts requested stuff.
5.5 GB average data transferred per day.
1,832,797 requests for pages in the period.

In the last 6 months the most popular month was December 2011 with 564,004 x 15,000 requests. (No idea why).

Busiest days: usually Sundays and Thursdays.

Busiest hours: 8 am and 2 pm. (Though it’s pretty flat between 8 am and 9 pm.)

What are the most popular hits?

In order:

1. Home page (about 30%)
2. Parallel Joseph (about 20%)
3. Joseph Smith directory (about 12%)
4. Teaching of the PJS (about 7%)

The rest get divided up among scriptures, history of the church, miscellaneous stuff.

There are a huge number of “referrers.” An interesting (large) one was Wikipedia. Aside from internal links on the site, the biggest referrer was, you guessed it, Google. Yahoo refers were surprising low. Bing was ahead of yahoo and I don’t know anyone who uses it. About 3% of referrals came from a place I’d never heard of:

Top query word by number of requests? Ha ha! “of”.

Most popular browsers? Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox compatible, Safari, MSIE in order.

Seeker’s OS? Various versions of Windows = number one (about 35%). “Unknown” about 25%, Robots about 15%, Mac about 12%, unix about 3%.

Pleased to see that the Nauvoo Neighbor is accessed rather frequently.

There you have it. We thank you for your patronage. We have some plans for expanding a little in the future. But first priority is the book. Maybe that will finally wind up in 2013. Time and energy being what they are, I think that’s reasonable. My hope is that once the funeral sermons are done, I’ll get some help to gradually tackle some of the others. Perhaps this will get me an interview with JS in the afterlife. One can hope.

2 Responses to Stats

  1. Amy T says:


    BOAP is on my list of sources to check for every pioneer-era biography I write. I’ll find things from time to time in “Journals, Diaries, Biographies, Autobiographies and Letters of Some Early Mormons and Others Who Knew Joseph Smith, Jr. and/or His Contemporaries.” And of course I always cite your website. : )

    I’ve also recently been using your copies of the Nauvoo Neighbor. A distant cousin donated a daguerreotype to the Church History Library last year and claimed that it was a picture of a common pioneer ancestor. There is a disagreement between the woman who donated the picture and other family members about the identity of one of the people in the picture, and I’ve been reading through the Nauvoo Neighbor just in case it has any clues to the identity of the person and the date of the daguerreotype. This post, one in an ongoing series, uses an image from the Nauvoo Neighbor:

    Thanks so much for all the resources you’ve gathered at BOAP.

  2. WVS says:

    Thanks, Amy. We try.

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