Traffic comes in the strangest ways

November 12, 2006

Topics: Blogging.

Yesterday, I installed a great little plugin which tracks my top 10 viewed posts. Unsurprisingly, this gives me a greater sense of what posts people are visiting as well as providing a means for other people to see my more popular writings.

But it came with some surprises…

Currently, and by a HUGE margin, my most popular post is a post announcing Jim Byrne’s latest book. It’s a nothing post: a paragraph saying who Jim Byrne is (founder of GAWDS, a brief sentence saying something nice about the book, and a link to the book’s sale page on

And yet, it was visited 100 times in the last 24 hours. I’d known that this page received an unusually high amount of traffic; but this is well beyond what I expected.

And, of course, now that it’s in my top 10 (really, top 5 – I edited the plugin), it’s creating a bit of a feedback loop: curious people will continue to visit it to try and see what’s so special.

My assumption is that most of these visitors are looking for review information: advice about the book, etc. So I’ve added to the post. Hopefully, I’ll be giving these visitors what they’re looking for: I didn’t expand the article into a huge review — it’s not a huge book, after all! But it’s a more meaningful article now than it was before.

It’s a good thing, knowing what pages people most frequently visit on your site. Those are good pages to pay close attention to: if they aren’t already, change them to try and deliver what your visitors are looking for.

5 Comments on “Traffic comes in the strangest ways”

  1. I don’t use a script like wordpress to deliver my pages so no plugins. However a great tool for those of us is BBClone which shows the top ten of just about everything ie (referrers, keywords, visited pages).

  2. It is highly unlikely that the majority of your traffic comes from Beijing; although it’s hypothetically possible. The most likely case is that your server is being targeted by a large quantity of referer spam or a similar type of artificial traffic.

  3. After reading this info i have investigated my stats (for the first time).

    I cannot believe it – can it be that i am most visited by people in Beijing?! Or is it me?..


  4. I don’t know about the documentation, but if you read the installation comments in the script code you need to use this:

    <?php show_pop_posts(); ?>

    (to show the list of links)


    <?php show_post_count(); ?>

    (to show the number of views.)

    Don’t recall seeing anything in the documentation – I had intended to edit the code from the start, so I just dived in…

  5. I had a look at this plugin and I don’t know if I’m being completely thick, but I can’t find the documentation that shows what code to add into your page. Have you got a link to this information?