I'm always amazed when I look at how much content is in the Canadian Great War Project site, but today I was looking at the amount of web traffic that we get. By comparison with major sites like yahoo, we are just a small blip in overall traffic, but if you compare it to small, sites dedicated to a very focused purpose, this site does quite well.
Since this site is dynamic, the number of entries in any one category changes daily and the updated counts can be seen by going to the Site Statistics page, which is accessible from the Site Information page.
As of today (August 10, 2009), there are 99,130 men and women defined in the database. There are 13,186 War Diary pages transcribed, 670 letters or newspaper entries transcribed, and 2,823 images on the site. By anyone’s definition, this is a lot of content. At the current rate, we will hit the 100,000 entry mark for men and women that served sometime in September.
In the past month we had 2,750 distinct visitors to the site, or more than 90 first time visitors every day. The average person spends 7 minutes on the site, which is quite a significant amount of time, and looks at more than 10 different pages of information. While the majority of people visiting the site are from Canada, we have had visitors from 64 different countries in the past month. The bottom line is that this site is becoming very popular, and it is largely because of the content that is available. The content comes from all of you who spend the time to add information to the site.
So, to all of you who spend the time to add to the information on the site, be it updating a single record, or those who add in 100 new records every week … thank you!