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State of the Riot – September 2008

By johnboy - 2 October 2008 76

[First filed: October 01, 2008 @ 10:45]

You lot’s unquenchable thirst for the Riot experience saw our server pretty much saturated for most of the month. This was not good for our stats which only record successfully loaded pages.

DFO mania, however, brought in a lot of new readers and the new server sees us all set for a cracking October.

Key Stats:

Visits: 129,512, up 11.36% from 116,299
Pageviews: 370,711, down very slightly 0.43% from 372,322
Absolute unique visitors: 52,229, up 18.75% from 43,981. (and up overall from pre-return of johnboy 32,807 in June which is rather pleasing)

Other stats were bleeding the sort of red one expects when the server keeps throwing database errors. Better days to come.


While I’ve got you here a few house-keeping announcements. If you’re one of the thousands of Canberrans enjoying reading RiotACT perhaps you should consider supporting us? You can just make a donation

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Failing that Facebookers can just become a fan. We like fans.

A special thanks to our friends in the Canberra media community who appear to be making more of an effort to mention us when sourcing stories from here.

Fun stuff

So the 20 most read stories on RiotACT in September were:

    1.) DFO Canberra Launches!!
    2.) Double murder in Downer
    3.) DFO Canberra opens on Friday
    4.) New DFO Fyshwick will make airport seem “Brand Depleted”
    5.) No Man’s Land, or Where Prams Collide – The new DFO Canberra in Fyshwick.
    6.) A nasty surprise – Kingston murder
    7.) Lanyon pleas of forgiveness…
    8.) Horrible ferret cruelty caught on video – good or bad thing?
    9.) Blood runs free at WIN as Stanhope cronies take their pound of flesh
    10.) Help get ‘hoons’ off the road
    11.) Female Victim of Downer Murders Identified
    12.) Nutter of the Month – Come on down Binnoski
    13.) Exploring underground bunkers near Canberra
    14.) Floriade Nightfest – a perspective
    15.) “Awesome” driving by a Silver VN Commodore @ Chisholm…
    16.) False Advertising by real estate agents
    17.) 17 year old person of interest swabbed for Telopea murder
    18.) The prison doors open…
    19.) Not with those finger-prints mate – Sultans IDs its customers
    20.) Does anybody know when the DFO in Fyshwick is going to open?

RiotACT would like to thank Canberra’s murderers and bargain hunters.

And the hundred highest ranked search terms which brought people to RiotACT in July were:

    1.) dfo canberra
    2.) riot act
    3.) riotact
    4.) the riot act
    5.) dfo
    6.) riot act canberra
    7.) peter leonard
    8.) the riotact
    9.) dfo fyshwick
    11.) canberra dfo
    12.) riotact canberra
    13.) canberra underground bunkers
    14.) mark parton
    15.) alistair coe
    16.) the riot act canberra
    17.) “the crooked fiddle band” “merry muse” august 2008
    18.) pasquale barbaro
    19.) central cafe gungahlin
    20.) impact records
    21.) “mark parton”
    22.) dfo canberra opening
    23.) riot+act
    24.) hill climb data for cyclists black mountain canberra
    25.) riot-act
    27.) dfo canberra floor plan
    28.) contented soul act
    29.) james kirk street
    30.) massage canberra
    31.) central cafe
    32.) dfo in canberra
    33.) foskey staffer roland
    34.) brew bar tuggeranong
    35.) act computer fairs 2008
    36.) dfo canberra map
    37.) lanterne rooms
    38.) the riot-act
    39.) nyssa76 anissa
    41.) burgman anglican college
    42.) “identical strangers” “canberra” “band”
    43.) bimberi
    44.) what to eat in dickson
    45.) danman
    46.) dfo act
    47.) lanterne room canberra
    49.) fraser court kingston
    50.) “kerri taranto”
    52.) dale seaman daramalan
    53.) gravy chip
    54.) kenja
    55.) the basement belconnen
    56.) tony de domenico
    57.) riot act act
    58.) “the-riotact” and “smokers” and “vy” and “theatre”
    59.) canberra beer brewing hume
    60.) erin molan
    61.) best restaurant in canberra
    62.) canberra cabs
    63.) gravy chips
    64.) monster trucks canberra
    65.) the plex
    66.) motorcycle parking canberra
    67.) yum cha deakin
    68.) soul bar woden
    69.) tattoo shops in canberra
    70.) troy williams
    71.) julie tattersall
    72.) kool keith canberra
    73.) new government grocery website
    74.) peter.blakely crying chapel
    75.) “canberra community support”
    76.) good mechanic
    77.) canberra motorsport supporters group
    78.) canberra computer fair
    79.) canberra weekend jobs
    80.) arts in the city jorian gardner
    81.) charcoal restaurant canberra
    82.) llamafrog
    83.) riot act bunnings
    84.) anu singh
    85.) if you’re unhappy with body corporate
    86.) phillip medical centre
    87.) wasabi manuka
    88.) cooleman court refurbishment
    89.) ha ha bar belconnen
    90.) frank pangello
    91.) nrma shares
    92.) downer murder
    93.) free canberra sms
    94.) mike crowther
    95.) uci world cup radio station canberra
    96.) zeirholz riotact
    97.) canberra airport plane take off
    98.) dickson tradies club
    99.) the weston club royals
    100.) wedding reception venues canberra

Also for all the nerds here’s the breakdown on web-broswers used to read us:

    Internet Explorer 60.23%
    Firefox 29.16%
    Safari 7.53%
    Chrome 1.41%
    Opera 0.91%

And operating systems:

    1. Windows – 86.20%
    2. Macintosh – 10.95%
    3. Linux – 2.03%
    4. iPhone – 0.41%
    5. iPod – 0.13%
    6. SymbianOS – 0.10%
    8. Danger Hiptop – 0.03%
    9. SunOS – 0.02%
    10. Playstation 3 – 0.01%

(There were also a few views from a Nintendo Wii and a PSP but too few to make the percentages).


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76 Responses to
State of the Riot – September 2008
Skidbladnir 2:28 pm 01 Oct 08

But the reaction to disclosure would probably kill the medium.

Davo111 2:26 pm 01 Oct 08

Mr Waffle said :

I’d like to see the stats of how many visits are made by public servants on their lunchbreak…!

Can that be check through an ISP breakdown? and yes, that would be interesting!

johnboy 2:09 pm 01 Oct 08

google rank has more to do with sites linking to us, content on the page being thoroughly gamed quite some time ago.

Sponsors get in the sponsor box for a year plus an allowance of the “Zone 1” ads at the top of the page.

Zone 1 ads are sold on the basis of ad impressions, we well those in blocks of 10,000.

Skidbladnir 2:04 pm 01 Oct 08

With stats like those, DFO’s website staff are probably green with envy.

Mind you, continually publishing the “we’re highest ranked for the following terms” posts means you’re even more highly ranked for those terms, so long as your Google ‘value’ remains high.

Other things:

Your major demographic(s) are only paying attention on weekdays, with Sundays seeing your lowest attention levels. This is roughly an inversion of the Canberra Times.

Also, do your advertisers pay for days of ad exposure, total number of ad exposures, seconds of eyeball exposure, pageviews, pageseconds, or just a flat ongoing fee?

Danman 1:54 pm 01 Oct 08

I’d like to see the stats of how many visits are made by public servants on their lunchbreak…!

That would exclude me, I lurk all day between 200mg excel file queries

johnboy 1:47 pm 01 Oct 08

Kramer said :

WOW! RiotACT taken out of #1 search term for the first time by DFO Canberra!!

Murderers and bargain hunters make the world go round.

Joe Canberran 1:44 pm 01 Oct 08

Mr Waffle said :

I’d like to see the stats of how many visits are made by public servants on their lunchbreak…!

That’s the “Internet Explorer 60.23%” isn’t it? 🙂

Kramer 1:39 pm 01 Oct 08

WOW! RiotACT taken out of #1 search term for the first time by DFO Canberra!!

Mr Waffle 1:28 pm 01 Oct 08

I’d like to see the stats of how many visits are made by public servants on their lunchbreak…!

p1 11:54 am 01 Oct 08

I was about to ask what a “8. Danger Hiptop – 0.03%” was, then I decided to just search it myself. Turns out its a phone of sorts.

Danman 11:43 am 01 Oct 08

Thats all good, anyone stalking me is wasting their time, I can guarantee that Nyssa is more than liklely a finer specimen than me…and thats only going on from the shoulders up!

Hat full of danman spanners anyone :)~~

Granny 11:20 am 01 Oct 08

The stalker likes Nyssa slightly better I’m afraid, Danman!


p1 10:59 am 01 Oct 08

Your stalker is too lazy to do anything but google…

p1 10:58 am 01 Oct 08

53.) gravy chip
63.) gravy chips

mmmm, hungry…

Danman 10:58 am 01 Oct 08

What is with me and Nyssa making the list every time ?

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