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50,000 Up

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to click on my WordPress stats and learn that the total number of hits enjoyed by the Front of Store website since inception has now exceeded 50,000.  Given this site’s relatively narrow remit – retail and books account for the great majority of the content – and the absence of large-scale external referrals or any SEO, this is very gratifying.  Front of Store now receives sufficient traffic to attract advertising, and has led to writing commissions with The Bookseller, Publishing Perspectives, Retail Week and others, as well as several interesting consultancy projects.  It’s also provided a reasonable slug of content for an ebook.

And that’s about as self-referential as we need to get – but I thought you might be interested to know a little about who you all are.  WordPress’s excellent “My Stats” service includes an analysis of visitors’ country of origin.

Over the past three months, about 61% of site visits have been from the United Kingdom; 12.5% from the United States, and 2.9% from Australia.  France, Canada, India, Italy and Singapore each account for around 1%, followed by Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, the Russian Federation, Thailand, New Zealand, the Philippines and Malaysia, all with over half of one per cent.

A further 84 countries are represented, comprising (deep breath):

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Thank you to everybody who keeps an eye on this blog; I shall do my best to inform and prompt in the future.

(Map: lark-about.blogspot.com)

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3 Comments on “50,000 Up”

  1. Ed Meek says:

    Just not sure about the baseball hat…..

    • Hi Ed – yes, it’s a little counter-intuitive, isn’t it? My daughter went on a German school trip, and ended up at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. Where I’ve never been. And brought me back a Lewis Hamilton baseball cap. So, whenever I want to look cool and youthful… oh well, never mind.

      • Ed Meek says:

        Haha! Congratulations on the 50,000…nice work! I read it regularly with interest. But Bristol is slightly less exotic than the Bahamas…