Slow Season??

Decorating By JCE62108 Updated 30 Dec 2009 , 8:21pm by JCE62108

JCE62108 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:29pm
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Hey guys. I've noticed its a bit slower for me now thane it was two months ago, and Im wondering why. Like, is this a normal slow season, or maybe something happened that is causing people not to view my website?

My business has actually increased a tiny bit, I believe just because the word is getting out more (got a few referrals), but my website has lost a lot of hits in the last 2 months.

My website opened in May and here is my stats..
May 7 visitors (probably all me, lol)
June 23 visitors
July 87 visitors
August 130 visitors (this is when I started advertising)
September 260 visitors
October 380 visitors
November 230 visitors
Decemner 180 visitors

Ok...now see why Im worried? After October I expected the number to keep going up as the work got out. I even found a few more sites to advertise with. But no luck. Is this just a slow season or do you think something happened here?

Google and decidio are my two biggest referals, and as far as I can tell I still rank the same with them, but Im just getting less overall visitors.

Can any of you guys who have been around for awhile give me a rundown on the seaons? If you have a website and monitor it, When do you get the most hits and the least hits?

Ease my mind, please. lol. Im really hoping this is just a slow season and its not something I did...or didnt do.

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Deb_ Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:39pm
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Hi,

Yes for me from Thanksgiving to New Years is my slow season. I think people are concentrating on their holiday shopping and of course there are less weddings, and graduations at this time of year.

I think it's normal, I wouldn't be too concerned yet.

_Jamie_ Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:39pm
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Jan 2009 5996
Feb 2009 10392
Mar 2009 8907
Apr 2009 5468
May 2009 2172
Jun 2009 2608
Jul 2009 2530
Aug 2009 2437
Sep 2009 3222
Oct 2009 2421
Nov 2009 2383
Dec 2009 1459

Mine was down in December too. It's the holidays. And yeah...I watch mine like a hawk. Who visits, where they were referred from, how many times they've been before, what they looked at....lol. icon_biggrin.gif

LaBellaFlor Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:42pm
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It is definetly normal. Winter months are the slow season for just about business except retail. icon_wink.gif

indydebi Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:44pm
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It also starts to spike upwards after Christmas, when most engagement rings are given out (followed by Valentine's Day).

JenniferMI Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:53pm
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The holidays are usually slow for me with cakes....

Jen icon_smile.gif

JCE62108 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:54pm
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

Jan 2009 5996
Feb 2009 10392
Mar 2009 8907
Apr 2009 5468
May 2009 2172
Jun 2009 2608
Jul 2009 2530
Aug 2009 2437
Sep 2009 3222
Oct 2009 2421
Nov 2009 2383
Dec 2009 1459

Mine was down in December too. It's the holidays. And yeah...I watch mine like a hawk. Who visits, where they were referred from, how many times they've been before, what they looked at....lol. icon_biggrin.gif




Oh wow. If you dont mind my asking, how many years have you had your site? I wish I had numbers like that right now! Im very suprised to see your numbers go so far down, but it looks like I could be looking forward to the first of the year!

_Jamie_ Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:00am
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A little over a year, before that I had a free one with Homestead. I upgraded to a professionally designed and hosted site about a year ago though. It's flash, and search engines don't like those, but, the important thing is I add meta tags and keywords to every single picture I put on my site, I link from several other vendors, I have a blog with links, I tag all posts and pictures there too, all for Google to find when people are searching for a caker in my area....and I vigilantly check my placement with Google, Yahoo and Bing and figure out ways to stay at the top.

indydebi Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:10am
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Also know what you're comparing. I'm not well versed in this, so any computer guru, feel free to clarify or correct anything I'm saying. I looked up the definition of a 'hit' and a unique visitor. As I understood it, a hit is counted based on the makeup of your web page. FOr example, if I have a page of photos and 10 photos have to download, that can count as 10 hits. But it's only one person looking at one page.

June thru Dec, I avg'd 39,973 hits per month. But averaged only 2300 unique visitors. Those visitors avg'd 2798 monthly visits, viewing an avg of 6770 pages (or avg of 2.94 pages per unique visitor).

If I wanted to sell advertising space on my website, I could make the site sound super busy by telling someone I had 40,000 hits a month .... and if they had no idea what a 'hit' was, then they wouldn't know that in reality I only had less than 2500 people.

Mine also peaked in August, with a downward trend toward the end of year, with some bumps and bubbles in there on they way.

_Jamie_ Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:13am
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June thru Dec, I avg'd 39,973 hits per month. But averaged only 2300 unique visitors. Those visitors avg'd 2798 monthly visits, viewing an avg of 6770 pages (or avg of 2.94 pages per unique visitor). .




Exactly. That's why I take off the other figure and just deal with unique visitors.

indydebi Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:16am
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Exactly. That's why I take off the other figure and just deal with unique visitors.


Yeah...once I learned what the numbers really were, I had to go in and revamp all of my data spreadsheets and graph charts with the "right" numbers. I was one of the many who heard nothing but "number of hits' when people were talking about website "success" and thought that was the measuring stick. icon_confused.gif

Debi Does Data! thumbs_up.gif

LaBellaFlor Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:29am
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You know, everytime I hear you say, "Debi Does Data", it always sounds so naughty to me. I know, get my mind out the gutter! icon_wink.gif

indydebi Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 2:21am
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I actually got reprimanded at a job once, for saying that. icon_redface.gif So I did the honorable thing .... I always looked around first before I said it! icon_rolleyes.gif

JCE62108 Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 2:22am
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Yeah I was talking about the number of unique visitors. My website provider separates it into new visitors, return visitors, and unique visitors (which is the total of new and return).

I dont pay attention to the "hits". Sorry for the confusion. Unique visitors is what I was referring to. icon_smile.gif

Well its comforting to know this is normally a slow month. Wow, Im really looking forward to Valentines day!!!

_Jamie_ Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 2:30am
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Well its comforting to know this is normally a slow month. Wow, Im really looking forward to Valentines day!!!




Oh me too!!

Ruth0209 Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 2:57am
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You know, everytime I hear you say, "Debi Does Data", it always sounds so naughty to me. I know, get my mind out the gutter! icon_wink.gif




Oh, good. It wasn't just me and my dirty mind (and Debi's icon_razz.gif ).

KHalstead Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 7:53pm
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

Jan 2009 5996


And yeah...I watch mine like a hawk. Who visits, where they were referred from, how many times they've been before, what they looked at....lol. icon_biggrin.gif





I'm so with you on that Jaime......I have mine through freewebs and they have a button that says "name this visitor" I've actually figured out certain customers and such based on what they looked at (like I'll have a customer say, I was looking at this cake and that cake today and then I'll see an IP address that looked at those exact 2 cakes and I'll name them)......then I actually have names pop up with the IP addresses and who referred them.

I don't get nearly the numbers you do though.....however I do get a lot of people checking out my prices from CC LOL

I always think it's cool to see what people are looking at the most....when I get a particular cake that seems to be popular I put it as the main photo on that particular gallery and stuff like that.

JCE62108 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 8:21pm
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I decided to take most of the pricing off my site because I was afraid competitors were checking it out.

Well, I wont be online for a few days. Hubby is having knee surgery tomorrow. I wish everyone happy new year and I hope it is fun and profitable for us all!

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