Webminister Report – January 2017

I bid a Happy New Year to Their Excellencies Three Mountains, Officers and Citizens,

I call to share the state of our web presence and some recommendations for the coming year.

In this last year, we saw our highest amount of traffic ever since moving our web presence to the new domain. On May 2nd we saw a page count of 111 views. In spite of this we are currently on a downward trend, having seen a decrease in traffic every year for the last two years (11,294 in 2014, 10,557 in 2015, and 9,527 in 2016). My best guess to this drop in traffic for these years has a couple of contributing factors. One is the increased use of Facebook: with so many people using the site for event pages, there has been less of a need to go to the website for event information. The second big issue is one that I was hoping to help resolve these last months, which is to increase the amount of applicable and useful information for newcomers, keeping the events calendar up to date and sharing them using a plug-in from the website. Alas, I am but one man and the responsibilities of life have gotten in the way.

Here is a look at our traffic for the last month:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total Average Change
Dec 12

 

26

Dec 13

 

6

Dec 14

 

22

Dec 15

 

7

Dec 16

 

11

Dec 17

 

4

Dec 18

 

11

87 12
Dec 19

 

5

Dec 20

 

20

Dec 21

 

34

Dec 22

 

15

Dec 23

 

10

Dec 24

 

8

Dec 25

 

11

103 15 +18.39%
Dec 26

 

37

Dec 27

 

16

Dec 28

 

27

Dec 29

 

27

Dec 30

 

8

Dec 31

 

10

Jan 1

 

19

144 21 +39.81%
Jan 2

 

27

Jan 3

 

36

Jan 4

 

21

Jan 5

 

3

Jan 6

 

35

Jan 7

 

11

Jan 8

 

10

143 20 -0.69%
Jan 9

 

11

Jan 10

 

16

Jan 11

 

31

Jan 12

 

9

Jan 13

 

15

Jan 14

 

8

Jan 15

 

38

128 18 -10.49%
Jan 16

 

56

56 0 -100.00%

While the last three weeks of traffic may seem grim, keep in mind that we have just come out of the holiday season.  Winter trends are normally low from what I am led to believe.  However, looking at Monday January 16th’s traffic at 10pm, 56 views might be a hint of the return to the light.

 

Currently our top page views  for the last 30 days like:

Welcome To The Barony 194
Home page/Archives 36
Officers 33
Regular Meetings 30
Local Events 27
New Comers 25
The Plume 24
Baron and Baroness 19
Calendar 18
Archery Academy 17

Currently our top referrers to our website are:

Currentmiddleages.org/3m/ 22
Google Search 18
An Tir Wiki 3
Facebook 3

What I would like to see is more help with adding articles or videos of techniques, crafts and activities that would help excite newcomers to what we do. These are things that many of us share already on Facebook and other social outlets. However, adding them to the website in story or in video form fleshes out who we are as a society. It gives the viewer something tangible to get excited about to come to the next activity or event. So please, think about what you can share with our current and future members and come talk with me about how we can best make that happen.

One last thing…I am only a stop-gap officer. As many of you can tell, the webminister duties have not been completely fulfilled these last months. I have taken on a second job mundanely which has really stretched my time. If you can’t take the position on yourself, please take the time to help by reporting any mistakes or problems you find. If you do have the time…

Boy howdy, do I have an opportunity for you! Contact myself or the Seneschal. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, and the technology isn’t difficult to maintain. Think of it more like the high school newspaper with just a website.

There being nothing else to report, I raise a glass to Their Royal Majesties newly crowned, to the coming year and to the health and joy of our Barony and her fine citizens.

Yours In Service To The Dream

Sebastiaen des Roseaux
Webminister
The Barony of Three Mountains