Copyright©2008 Antony Williams
Over the past year we have been interested in our website statistics and our growing traffic. I have blogged previously about Alexa and was challenged to review the Compete statistics. After growing in rankings for a few weeks we removed the Alexa widget and saw our rankings plummet. We then installed the Compete widget and saw ourselves go up the rankings quite dramatically before removing that widget and seeing our rankings decrease. Meanwhile, our own website statistics have shown consistent month to month growth with an average of about 4000 unique users per day at present (As shown in the figure below).
Bottom line, based on our observations, neither Alexa nor Compete give anywhere near valid statistics. At the SBS conference in St Louis this past week I asked the audience, about 60 people, how many in the room knew of or had heard of ChemSpider. ONE hand went up…and that was someone I had informed many months earlier. As I expressed to the audience…this was not disappointing news to me…it was quite exciting to know what the potential growth is as people are informed of the service. I expect the growth to continue, especially after the visits to the ACS and the SBS.Stumble it!