It's been a little over six million minutes since I put the very first post on this website. I don't really know how many visitors and page views we've had since then because I've only been using Google Analytics since July of 2005. That's almost two million minutes though, which is a pretty long time, so I thought I'd ask Analytics to give me Top Content for the time that it knows at least.
Surprisingly, it only takes a few seconds for Analytics to churn through and add all that up; the results are in the table below. I understand the popularity of most of these pages. There are two that make no sense: The "Google Earth Street View" and the "Panasonic LF-D201U DVD-RAM" get traffic for no reason that I can guess.
If you aren't using Analytics, you are missing out on a lot of useful and interesting data. I wish I could go all the way back to 1997 with this, but having it from 2005 isn't shabby either.
====> This little exercise made me wonder just what is the highest page view tally for a single "real" page. That is, a real post that people read: not AOL's home page or anything else that changes constantly, but a static page like these.
I tried Googling but all I find is pages like this or references to Orkut, Facebook, etc. Those aren't what I want to know. Any ideas?
|Lost root password (Linux)||186,862||164,499|
|The Gimp: Making Colors in a GIF Transparent||162,098||149,217|
|Perl Getopt and GetOptions||144,548||126,919|
|Using the shell (Terminal) in Mac OS X||132,831||120,641|
|Basic DNS: PTR records and why you care||120,789||111,642|
|Google Earth Street View||112,283||86,540|
|Getopt and getopts||96,807||87,471|
|Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) on Software RAID||74,240||67,581|
|How can I recursively grep through sub-directories?||71,504||67,017|
|UNIX Basics: JOB SCHEDULING||68,248||63,122|
|Writing and Compiling C programs on Linux||65,353||58,999|
|Panasonic LF-D201U DVD-RAM||55,686||49,396|
|How can i mount a ISO Image CD ?||55,556||49,197|
|Windows 2003 Terminal Server, Remote Desktop, thin clients and all that||55,097||50,021|
|Tightvnc, Chicken of the VNC||53,507||46,374|
|How can I send attachments from the command line?||47,721||44,465|
|Apt-get for RedHat Linux||45,109||36,997|
|RedHat RPM Source Packages||44,974||41,561|
|Verizon Cell Phone Internet Connections||44,260||37,967|
Some of the pages above were posted before I started using Analytics, so their real page view count is higher.. I have no data though.
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