Berkeleyside visitors

Berkeleyside exists primarily to help Berkeleyites know what’s going on in their city and provide a forum for the many issues that concern people living here. But as we all know, “Berkeley” has a wider resonance in society, and there are many people outside the city who remain interested in what’s going on in our city.

I looked yesterday at the latest visitor statistics for Berkeleyside and discovered something curious. In the last month, according to Google Analytics, we’ve had visitors from 49 states. The once exception? North Dakota. We’ve had two visits from Tanzania, but not a sausage from Bismarck, Fargo or any other burg in the 39th state. I know there are only 650,000 people in the Roughrider State, but isn’t there one just a tiny bit curious about Berkeley?

Incidentally, what happened to Lake Michigan on the map that Google Analytics provides (above)?

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. Those Piedmont folks just aren’t as sharp as us Berkeley folks! (JUST KIDDING).

    Anyway, thanks for the response and keep up the good work! I very much enjoy your blog.

  2. The holiday period was very slow both for readers and for our own posting activity. But in the last month (which includes those two slow weeks) we’re at about 12,000 unique visitors. Things are climbing nicely.

    About 85% of visitors are from California, the bulk (of course) from the East Bay. The only other state that has more than 1% of our visitors is New York, with about 2%. The UK is the top other country, with about 1% of visitors (Tracey and I spent many years in London, so we may have a small following there).

    The statistic I find most encouraging is that the average time spent on the site has stayed steadily around the 2’30” mark, which is pretty high for the Web. Our readers in Piedmont and Sunnyvale average over 6′ per visit. I can’t figure that disparity out.

  3. How were the statistics overall? Where other than the Bay Area are most of the readers? How many hits overall? Inquiring Berkeleysiders want to know!