Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Best month ever at theorion.com
Breaking news and a video of Chico State faculty reading comments from ratemyprofessors.com helped push theorion.com traffic to new records in September.
About 10,000 more people visited the site than last-month's best-ever 20,477 unique visitors, according to statistics compiled by BlueHost, the paper's web-hosting service. September's 814,405 page views topped the previous record, set in April, by 126,733.
The site continues to be incredibly "sticky": People who visit theorion.com view an average of 10.68 pages once they arrive at the site. The best professional news sites average a little more than three pages per visit. Example: Of the 6,623 visitors who navigated to the site specifically to watch the Rate My Professors video, 5,719 stuck around to read other pages before they left theorion.com, according to BlueHost.
The top stories for traffic in September were:
Professors read rate-my-professors video: 8,644 views
Suspect stabs bouncer at Riley's: 4,271
Chico dehumanizes homeless population: 1,520
Students drink, float one week after labor day: 1,455
Student missing, presumed dead: 1,436
Fallen tree destroys Gus Manolis bridge: 1,394
Man guilty of DUI sentenced: 1,299