July 4, 2009
What are Other People Viewing on This Site?
I launched www.timbrooks.net at the end of 2007 as a way to share information with others, and recently obtained some statistics helpfully provided by Google (www.google.com/analytics) that indicate what visitors have been looking at during its first year-and-a-half. I thought you might be interested in what others are viewing on the site. I can’t guarantee any of these figures, but I assume Google knows what it is doing.
First of all, traffic has been modest by internet standards, about 7,500 visitors so far, although to my surprise the monthly traffic has been growing steadily. This is even though there has been no publicity for the site and nothing was changed or added for over a year (sorry, busy). Apparently word takes time to get around. Whereas at first the site wouldn’t even show up when you Googled my name, it’s now a top search result, ahead of “Killer Tim Brooks” the wrestler, Tim Brooks and the Alien Sharecroppers, Tim Brooks the Minnesota cosmetic dentist, Tim Brooks the tarot card reader, “Old Time Tim” the fiddler/clogger, and all those other great Tim Brookses out there. (To all of them I wish the best. Someday we should have a convention! Or maybe not.)
Recently, after much effort and no small expense, I was finally able to obtain the domain name www.timbrooks.com from a “squatter.” Now it will also take you to this site, which may make the site a bit easier to find.
Anyhow, here is a ranking of the most visited areas on the site:
1. Record Industry History
2. About My Books
3. TV History
4. Links & Resources
5. Press Room
Not surprising that records rank ahead of TV, as there is a lot more content in the Record History area. I’ll try to add more to TV in the coming months. Copyright Issues ranks last, although there’s more on that on another site I recommend, www.recordingcopyright.org.
The most viewed articles:
1. Great Record Collectors of the 1970s (photos) – #1 by far. Folks must love the ‘70s!
2. 150 Record History Magazines
3. About My Books
4. Article: “One Hit Wonders of the Acoustic Era (And a Few Beyond)”
5. Consulting Services
6. Article: “TV Dramas Featuring Minorities”
7. Article: “Cal Stewart and the British ‘Negro Laughing Song’”
8. Article: “George W. Johnson”
9. Links to record industry history sites
10. 1964 Johnny Cash Interview (audio) – many nice comments on this.
These are the most read reviews (of 60-plus reviews):
1. Ross Laird & Brian Rust, Discography of Okeh Records (2005)
2. Charles Gregory, Edison Diamond Disc Record Labels & Discography (2004)
3. Howard Hazelcorn, Columbia Phonograph Companion, Vol. 1 (2000)
4. Michel Ruppli, The Decca Labels: A Discography (1997)
5. Tim Fabrizio and George F. Paul, Antique Phonograph Gadgets, Gizmos & Gimmicks (2000)
6. Joel Whitburn, Pop Memories, 1890-1954 (for ARSC, 1990)
7. Joel Whitburn, Pop Memories, 1890-1954 (for APM, 1987)
8. Allan Sutton, Edison Blue Amberol Records: A Discography (2006)
9. Joe Lindsay with Peter Bukoski and Marc Grobman, Picture Discs of the World, Price Guide
and International Reference Book for Picture Records, 1923-1989 (1991)
10. Michel Ruppli and Ed Novitsky, The MGM Labels: A Discography (1999)
Rather interesting in that I thought the reviews of the notorious Pop Memories might rank higher, or perhaps those of Brian Rust’s much used classics Jazz Records or The American Dance Band Discography. Perhaps folks are more interested in checking out more recent titles.
60% Internet Explorer
11% T1 (lucky people!)
4% Dialup (poor folks!)
Longest average time spent on a page:
The review of Joel Whitburn, Pop Memories, 1890-1954 (APM, 1987) – 8 minutes. Well, at least folks are reading this one carefully.
Leading traffic sources:
60% from Google
12% Direct traffic
8% from Yahoo
3% from mainspringpress.com
There have already been a few dozen visitors via Microsoft’s colorful “Bing,” which is brand new.