I was quite bored today so I decided to check out some stats about my various writings around the web as reported by Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a way for you to track traffic to your site and received detailed reports. As in how your traffic arrived to your site and how well you do at holding the traffic you receive.
One trend that I noticed was the amount of users arriving to my sites using Google Chrome. I chose my least traveled to site to take a screenshot and display but this seems to be a good indicator for all of my traffic. Chrome holds the top spot over the last weekend as the most used browser with roughly 45% of the traffic to all my sites with the sample site showing 43.24% share by Chrome.
Firefox comes in strong with about 35% user share and 35.19 share on the sample site. Internet Explorer is coming in at about 10% share with the sample site showing 11.84. I have also noticed quite a few hits from users with IE running the Chrome Frame plug-in. I have not the slightest idea of how I would count that in my stats. You are using IE as a shell with Chromes rendering engine. One question, why?
A couple things about the sample site are quite confusing, but there are a few interesting stats also. One confusing thing is the lack of webOS being reported in this sample sites. I have a Palm Pre + that I visited this site with twice in the last weekend. My best guess is that it is reporting itself as Safari / (not set). This is my all I can come up with because webOS uses a WebKit browser.
Another head scratcher is the Chrome / UNIX listing. I was under the impression that the various BSDs reported as FreeBSD or PCBSD or what have you. Is one to presume that an admin on a big iron server browsing the net with Chrome? Possibly but not likely, this could be a few users on some version of Solaris.
I was glad to see a few browsers on there that I feel get little to no recognition. RockMelt, a Chrome offshoot, showed pretty strong across all my sites as well as Opera. Not shown in the picture here, but also reporting surprisingly well was Netscape. I do not suggest running retired software but I did get nostalgic when I thought about people still using Navigator.
What does this all really breakdown to in the long run. To me this points to the fact that outside of the work environment Internet Explorer does not have the stranglehold on users as is normally reported. That, or when a writer whose subject matter tends to be geeky and or technical, you receive traffic from people other than Joe Average.
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