ChristianBlog.Com 2009 Growth

Hello Everybody,

We know that many of our members, and those who are lurkers but never join ChristianBlog.Com, are interesting in the overall growth of the ChristianBlog.Com ministry.

As 2009 has come to an end in the next few hours we felt it was time to put together some numbers to show how well the ChristianBlog.Com ministry has grown this year!

Please note that all of the follow statistics are being generated by the Google Analytics system, which is never a 100% accurate reporting system, as it is dependant upon javascript which many people disable, and that it fails to properly report accurate total page views. For that we have our own tracking software that manages actual page-loads of the website. This is the only stat which we shall present which is not from the Google Analytics system. Based upon our own in-house total page view counter, we started 2009 with ruffly over 56,000,000 page views. Now at the close of 2009 we are a bit over 80,000,000 page views. Google Analytics reports we had 2,048,446 total page views yet our own in-house (and very accurate) counter shows we have had between 24 million and 25 million page views. Obviously that is a huge difference between what Google Analytics reports... so, take the following with that in mind. However, at the end of the day, we have to be judged upon what the "industry" says... and typically Google Analytics is one of the "industry approved" stats providers.

Visits:

Google Analytics defines a "visit" as somebody who visits a website. It does not include how many pages of a website the person visited, just that they visited it.

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded 392,220 visits for the ChristianBlog.Com website.

This means that over 400,000 people visited ChristianBlog.Com at some point in 2009. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

Page Views:

Google Analytics defines a "pageview" as each page that is viewed at the website. If person #1 viewed 4 pages of the website and person #2 visited 6 pages of the website, the total page views would be "10".

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded 2,048,446 visits for the ChristianBlog.Com website.

This means that well over 2 million pages of the ChristianBlog.Com website were viewed within a browser during the 2009 year. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

Pages Per Visit:

Google Analytics defines "Pages per visit" as how many individual website pages each person who visited a website clicked on in their visit to the website.

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded an average of 5.22 pages viewed by each person who visited the ChristianBlog.Com website.

This means that the average person who visited the ChristianBlog.Com website took the time to view/read over 5 pages of the website before they left. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

Average Time on Site:

Google Analytics defines "Average Time on Site" as how long the person who visits a website spent at the website before going to another website or closing their browser.

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded an average of 7 minutes, 21 seconds spent at the ChristianBlog.Com website before leaving.

This means that the average person who visited the ChristianBlog.Com website spent almost seven and a half minutes at the website. This is impressive as it shows that the large majority of the people who have visited ChristianBlog.Com spent a fair amount of time looking around, interacting, and being blessed and hopefully blessing others. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

% New Visits:

Google Analytics defines "% New Visits" as what percentage of the people who visit the website have never visited the website before.

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded an percentage of 70.93% of the people who the ChristianBlog.Com website as people who have never visited before.

This means that over 70% of the people who have visited the ChristianBlog.Com website in 2009 were first-time-visitors. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

Traffic Source:

Google Analytics defines "Traffic Source" as where the person visiting the website has come from.

For 2009 Google Analytics recorded the following data for the ChristianBlog.Com Website:

Search Engines 286,989.00 (73.17%)

Direct Traffic 55,062.00 (14.04%)

Referring Sites 50,129.00 (12.78%)

This means that over 70% of the people who have visited the ChristianBlog.Com website in 2009 found ChristianBlog.Com via search engines, over 14% came to ChristianBlog.Com via a bookmark/favorites on their computer or via an email link, and that over 12% came to the ChristianBlog.Com from a website where a link to ChristianBlog.Com had been posted. (Again, remember this number is very much lower than it should be, because of people who disable javascript and those who block the Google Analytics system from their computer.)

Key Words:

When somebody visits the ChristianBlog.Com via a search engine, the terms the person used within the search engine (google,yahoo,etc) are recorded and are called "key words".

The following key words were the most popular key words that brought people to the ChristianBlog.Com website in 2009:

christian blogs
christian blog
christianblog.com
christian blog sites
"evil will continue to deceive" (thanks to this blog by Virginia Sills (@happytoberestored) )
christianblog
www.christianblog.com
great christian quotes (thanks to this blog by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) )
christian blogging
what is an apostle (thanks to this blog by Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (@kraftykatz))) )
free christian blogs
"fear is not of god it is of the enemy" (thanks to this blog by Kirk M (@blessings2you))
john bevere (thanks to this blog by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) )
define grace (thanks to this blog by Linda Young (@savedbyegrace) )

While not an official stat, here are what we feel were the most interesting searches for 2009:

"30 books of the bible puzzle" (thanks to this blog by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) )
"ishmael's creator" (thanks to this blog by Ali Hawkins (@exmuslim110) )
"christian faith blog site" (this search term lead to 195 pages of the ChristianBlog.Com website being viewed!)
"christianblog.info" (because they were the biggest abusers of the ChristianBlog.Com rss services - D'Oh!)
"is there a contact for christianblog.com" (because we just have to wonder how hard it is to find http://www.christianblog.com/contact/ )

Country Specific Traffic:

Here is one we know everybody likes to hear about each year! Which countries are the biggest users of ChristianBlog.Com!!

1 - United States

2 - United Kingdom

3 - Canada (huge leap in the standings... nice to see more Canadians here at ChristianBlog.Com this year!)

4 - Australia

5 - Singapore

6 - Philippines

7 - India (India came out of nowhere and moved into 7th place - wow!)

8 - New Zealand (NZ moved up two places, nice job!)

9 - South Africa

10 - Malaysia

City Specific Traffic:

Here is one we haven't done before... a little local-pride for some of you out there!

1 - New York

2 - Singapore

3 - London

4 - San Francisco

5 - Atlanta

6 - Eureka

7 - St Louis

8 - Seattle

9 - Sydney

10 - Houston

Browser Specific Traffic:

For those of you into the browser war, here are the top browsers:

1 - Internet Explorer - 59.53%

2 - Firefox - 29.00%

3 -Safari - 6.92%

4 -Chrome - 2.87%

5 -Opera - 0.67%

Connection Speed:

This shows the percentage of what kind of internet connection people have:

1 -Cable - 36.71%

2 - DSL 27.80%

3 - Unknown - 24.63%

4 - T1 6.96%

5 - Dialup - 3.08%

What is interesting about this is the last two. The fact that people visit ChristianBlog.Com on a T1 makes us go "huh?"... and the fact that 3% of visitors are using dial-up makes us thankful we are redesigning our website... maybe it will be a bit faster for them in the near future!

Top Inbound Blogs:

The following blogs resulted in the most people visiting the ChristianBlog.Com website over the course of 2009.

http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/disable-internet-access-in-windows-for-specific-user-accounts/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 3,723 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/raisedonthefield/king-xerxes-and-queen-esther/ by Jennifer Fisher (Jennifer Fisher (@raisedonthefield)) resulted in 3,470 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/what-are-your-5-favorite-bible-verses/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 2,607 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/quotes-by-great-christian-leaders/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 2,455 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/the-bait-of-satan-by-john-bevere/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 2,168 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/literalword/familiar-spirit-or-holy-spirit-would-you-know/ by @literalword resulted in 1,656 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/bible-puzzle/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 1,456 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/anniversary-gift-ideas/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 1,435 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/kraftykatz/esther-its-tough-being-a-woman-a-beth-moore-bible-study/ by Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (@kraftykatz))) resulted in 1,343 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/pastoral-salaries-or-the-lack-thereof/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 1,115 visits
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/philippiansfourseven/the-stones-will-cry-out/ by Karen Hoagland (@philippiansfourseven) resulted in 1,102 visits

Top Viewed Blogs:

The following blogs received the most views over the course of 2009.

http://www.christianblog.com/blog/raisedonthefield/king-xerxes-and-queen-esther/ by Jennifer Fisher (Jennifer Fisher (@raisedonthefield)) resulted in 3,788 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/disable-internet-access-in-windows-for-specific-user-accounts/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 3,723 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/quotes-by-great-christian-leaders/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 2,953 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/what-are-your-5-favorite-bible-verses/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 2,827 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/abelajohnb/the-bait-of-satan-by-john-bevere/ by John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (John B. Abela (@abelajohnb)))))))) resulted in 2,413 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/literalword/familiar-spirit-or-holy-spirit-would-you-know/ by @literalword resulted in 1,839 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/bible-puzzle/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 1,627 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/greybear/anniversary-gift-ideas/ by Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (Rob Henson (@greybear)))))))) resulted in 1,547 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/kraftykatz/esther-its-tough-being-a-woman-a-beth-moore-bible-study/ by Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (Marsha Tyler Ronquist (@kraftykatz))) resulted in 1,541 views
http://www.christianblog.com/blog/youaregolden/women-pastors-twisted-scripture-and-freedom-in-christ/ by youaregolden resulted in 1,336 views

Most Active CB Groups:

The most active CB Groups in 2009 have been:

Chronic Disease Survivors!
Single (Married & Divorced)
Princesses Of God
Band of spiritual brothers

Twitter Growth:

Since ChristianBlog.Com started posting all new Published Blog Entries at the ChristianBlog.Com twitter account: Christianblog Account (@christianblog) there have been almost 6,000 tweets posted and there are almost 200 people following the twitter account.

Some Final Stats:

To close things out, here is how things have gone overall for the ChristianBlog.Com ministry over the course of the 2009 year!

There have been 9,120 total Blogs Published at ChristianBlog.Com in 2009! (That is an increase of 2,099 blogs over the 7,021 posted in 2008)

There have been 5,599 new members to join ChristianBlog.Com in 2009! (That is an increase of 324 new members over the 5,923 new members in 2008 - wow, has this low number surprised us!)

At the moment of us writing this Blog (which is just a few hours from the end of 2009) we have 12,927 members who have Published a total of 16,807 Blog Entries!

In Closing:

We would like to thank each and every member of ChristianBlog.Com who has been an active participant in helping the ChristianBlog.Com ministry grow!

May each of you, both members and visitors, be blessed by the ministry provided by ChristianBlog.Com!

@aliveintheword
Art Schnatterly @aliveintheword ·

John:

Thanks for providing this summary of the year. You have done an amazing job of managing (that's everything from overall design and admin to emptying the trash) this wonderful ministry.

Thanks to those who are members here, wonderful folks who write and comment and pray and support. You are the heart of this ministry.

And thanks to those who are visitors. We welcome you, hope that we minister to you. Consider becoming a member so that we cn also get to know you.

The one glaring stat missing in this summary is the financials. We all know that this has been a very tough year worldwide financially. To say that CB operates on a shoestring budget is a gross understatement. Please consider supporting this ministry financially. Just a little from many could make such a difference.

May you all have a blessed and safe 2010.

Shalom, Art :reading:

@kiwibird
Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

Well, I'm still on dial up (sigh) but ... I still helped to move us to number 8 :mrgreen:

@nikesagita
Nike Sagita @nikesagita ·

Hello, im a new comer to this site. I need a help from you. Can you advice me to get info for fellowship on FRIDAY or anything like that in Telladega from charismatic church? My friend busy have to work in Sunday, He cant joining any church, and i think he;s better to join in Friday at his day off. I hope you can help me for that. Thanks

Kindly regards,
Nike sagita

@hugofaith
Hugues Rodrigue Lonla @hugofaith ·

hello ! I'm new to this site and my wish is to have a mentor who can help me face the difficulties and challenges of christian faith.I love Jesus and i need someone's help in order to serve him more and more .this is what actually brought me here ! so if you believe you can be of help, don't hesitate to contact me i will be happy to meet you.Thanks for understanding.

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

For those of you on dial-up...

Do you notice any significant different in load times between the old (logged in) home page and the new (logged in) home page?

Thank you.
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