Sunday, October 2, 2016

Greek column, letter boost September traffic

Orion statistics from
The number of visits to crept back to more typical monthly levels in September with a big boost from Whitney Urmann's column advocating the abolition of the Greek system and a letter to the editor written in response to it.

The column generated 40 onsite comments,  6,725 page views (almost 13 percent of total website views for the month) and a letter from a sorority member that had 726 (now 744) page views.

The other top stories for traffic were:
2. Two Chico State students arrested by police, video goes viral - 1,587 page views
3. Chico State students warned of possible gunman - 1.356
4. The Greek letter to the editor - 726
5. Viral arrest video students will face trial - 635

Most visitors to the website in September arrived via smartphone. Quillengage wrote:
Sessions from mobile, desktop, and tablet users were all up this month. In keeping with the month prior, mobile continued to produce more traffic than any other device. With a 78% increase in your site's mobile sessions, mobile traffic reached 15,663 sessions. Your site had 11,140 sessions (up 57% from last month) from desktop users. Tablet traffic was up 52% with 1,221 sessions this month.
Those smartphone numbers are in addition to visitors who viewed The Orion via the paper's mobile app. Here's the report for September from Goodbarber, which provides the hosting (click the graphic for a larger view):

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