How People are Finding the Garbage Burrito
I've been pleasantly surprised at traffic I've been getting, especially considering it's only be three months since I started Garbage Burrito. I was looking through my logs yesterday, and I thought I'd share my findings.
Keep in mind, I know this is really insignificant, but I honestly expected to get Zero response for at least a year. Here are July's numbers
Total page views: 6959
Total unique visitors: 721
I did a search for bots and found around 500. This is good in two ways, it means that only around 500 of the almost 7000 page views were not human, but it also means I'm getting crawled pretty regularly.
Of all those visitors not very many are showing their face, which doesn't surprise me. The two most active people are Dave, my old boss, and Ryan, my old co-worker. Ryan B, and Danger from Rails Forum have also dropped in a couple times.
A large majority of my hits are coming from digg. I've submitted a couple of stories over there and got a mild response. The best I've done so far is The Forgotten HTML Tags, with 24 diggs. Thus far I've gotten 418 referrals from digg. Apparently someone else liked that from digg and posted it up on the new Nestscape.
I also found a lot of hits referencing my article, Paypal Website Payments Pro with Ruby on Rails. This really makes me happy, because that's exactly why I wanted to start this blog. I wanted to post my experiences for others to find so they don't have to re-invent the wheel. There have been 240 hits on that article and 96 referrers containing the word 'paypal'.
I'm also getting a bit of traffic from Rails Forum and Tutorial Dash. Rails Forum is really turning into a great place to hang out. So far the users are very friendly and helpful, and it's not over-crowded. It's growing everyday, and I think it will continue to grow exponentially here pretty soon.
And finally I was really surprised at the number of Google searches that have come through. Here are some of the queries.
There were also 23 searches for 'rheaghen', which is Ryan McCullough's moniker. I found this odd until I realized they are all from the same ip address that's searched for 'ben kittrell' many many times on this and other sites of mine. Gee Ryan, who could that be?
Most importantly there were 322 searches had the word 'Rails' in them.
I have to say I couldn't be happier with these results. It's very encouraging to me, and makes me want to keep on keepin' on.