Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pageviews Topped 99,000 in March

Spring semester traffic has been very, very good - Quill Engage graphic
Traffic at theorion.com set a new record last month, 99,303 pageviews, driven by the RA-firing story. The two posts about Chico State Housing Services dismissing a third of its resident advisers generated 23,623 page views.

The traffic record was all the more impressive because spring break fell in the middle of the month. Traffic that week was just 4,464 web sessions and about 13,000 page views, about two-thirds of an average week and typical of what happens to theorion.com traffic during school breaks.
March stats from Google Analytics
Here are the March numbers:
27,175 unique users
99,303 pageviews
2.91 pages per sesssion
13.86 percent bounce rate (the proportion of views who read just one story on a website and then leave)

The Orion mobile app also had a great month. Here are the numbers, all up from previous months:
March statistics from goodbarber.com

Orion website readers also continued their migration from tablet and desktop to mobile phones. Here's what quillengage.com said about the shift:

Though sessions for tablet users were down, mobile and desktop sessions were up. In keeping with the month prior, mobile continued to produce more traffic than any other device. Your site's mobile traffic grew 20% to 20,553 sessions month-over-month. Sessions from mobile users increased from the same month a year ago as well, up 37% from 14,992 sessions. Your site's desktop traffic increased 2% to 12,173 sessions month-over-month, but compared to a year ago, sessions were down 10%. Month-over-month, tablet sessions slipped 5% to 1,419, and traffic fell 37% from the previous year.
As has been the case every month the past several years, news drove most of the traffic in March. Here's a list of the top 10 stories in terms of pageviews: 
RA firings - 14,642
RA firings folo - 9,161
Family, neighbors react to police shooting - 2,623
CSU tuition increase - 1,837
Cannabis-oil lab bust - 770
Dorm life without RAs - 763
Orionscopes - 746
Pedestrian killed by train identified - 715
Veganism arguments (opinion column) - 687
Orion wins best paper in California - 566

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