- 13% Build your own Planisphere (Star Finder)!
- 11% Black Hole discoverer to be eaten by land developers (The DDO sale)
- 8% Earth's Other Moons
- 8% the home page
- 6% Navigation without a compass (or GPS)
- 6% Calculating Easter
- 3% How many planets have rings?
- 3% Laser pointers, bans, and stupidity
The Bat Page traffic breaks down about as follows:
- 42% from searches
- 24% links from Carnival of Space articles
- 22% without a referrer
- 12% from Scouts, Email and other articles on this site
So, what are people searching for?
- 24% templates for making northern/southern planispheres (star finders, star wheels)
- 7% games about knots and tides
- 7% rings around planets
- 6% finding your way without a compass
- 6% the DDO
- 5% information on twilight, sunset, and sunrise
One of the reasons for installing website tracking capabilities is to help web site authors and managers to tune the site to their audience. There are lots of tools for doing this but many of these use the same basic techniques. For a discussion of these, see "Understanding website tracking".
I use a service called Statcounter which is free with a small amount of log space. Statcounter gives me several types of information about my visitors:
- Their IP address and an indication if they are a returning visitor (cookies are used but I don't get to see them),
- What page referred them (e.g. Toronto Scouts, Carnival of Space, or a Search Engine),
- Browser and system information (see here),
- Search terms if the visitor came from a Search Engine.
- And, of course, what pages were visited.