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December 23, 2003

interesting referrers



Well, this is interesting...I was looking over the server log stats of sites that lead visitors to my department's site where I work. Naturally, the main University of Maryland home page and School of Engineering sites are natural assumptions of most common referrers. However, #5 on the list surprises me:
 1.    No Referrer    
 2.    umd.edu    
 3.    usnews.com    
 4.    yahoo.com    
 5.    blogspot.com    
 6.    Other 
So what does this mean? I think it means that blogging is a new marketing and reference tool. I've never seen a blog server as a major referrer before. People are coming to my department's site through word of mouth...i.e. other people's blogs. I'm not getting the full stats right now, but I need to see what percentage of visits are coming from the blogspot server. Other professional webmasters please feel free to comment on the impact of personal blogs to professional websites.

Posted by jimbo at December 23, 2003 10:29 PM

Comments

Hmmm.

1. I find it strange that google.com isn't in your top list of referrers.
2. Do you get LOTS of traffic to your site, or pretty low traffic? Meaning, could this be one rogue user that uses their blog as the home page for their browser? What is the time frame for your stats?

I did a google "site:" search for "'mechanical engineering' maryland," searching blogspot.com - and only came up with a couple items.

So, who knows?

-Jim

Posted by: Jim at December 23, 2003 8:48 PM