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Ann Welsh

27-02-03, 05:41 PM (BST)
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"I am a Poster!"
 
   It strikes me as totally amazing how many posters from all parts of the world there are on this site. Bruce, is there any way of giving a rough count of the individuals posting and from which country? Or would this make a ballet poll?


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  RE: I am a Poster! Bruceadmin 28-02-03 1
     RE: I am a Poster! Anjuli_Bai 28-02-03 2
         RE: I am a Poster! Bruceadmin 01-03-03 3

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Bruceadmin

28-02-03, 07:35 AM (BST)
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1. "RE: I am a Poster!"
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Have moved this posting into About Us which is where we discuss stuff about the site

You sound a bit surprised but the actuality of Ballet.co is that we are an international site delivering 100,000's of pages to many 10,000's of individual visitors each moth

Alexa.com - the only independent traffic monitoring site we know of on the Internet - currently shows us as being the 104,400th most popular site on the net. Yahoo is number 1 and Google number 5.

Our position probably doesn't sound too impressive but http://www.royaloperahouse.org is in at 223,098 and most other ballet and dance sites are several orders of magnitude worse in the rankings - go and try (at http://www.alexa.com) some URLs of other sites and see the traffic rankings you get - I think you will be surprised.

The best ranked ballet site we have come across by the way is American ballet Theatre (http://www.abt.org) which is ranked at 70,739 and New York City Ballet (http://www.nycballet.com) ranked at 83,010. So we have a tiny bit further to go yet!

In terms of where people come from we have lots of data but that doesn't equate to lots of knowledge. The problem is that the URLs people come in on aren't wholly aligned with countries. So I come in on a UK address (I'm with BTInternet) but those UK readers who visit using AOL will probably come in as .com which of course is really the USA. Many uk companies have .com address - and we want one too of course. And then there is .net address - where are they from?

So it very hard to say what proportion of readership actually comes from where just by looking at the logs. My rough feeling is well under half our visitors come from the UK - well under. Here are some of the places people visit from...

.jp (Japan)
.nl (Netherlands)
.au (Australia)
.it (Italy)
.be (Belgium)
.fr (France)
.ca (Canada)
.es (Spain)
.edu (USA Educational)
.de (Germany)
.at (Austria)
.nz (New Zealand)
.sg (Singapore)
.org (Non-Profit Making Organisations)
.mx (Mexico)
.fi (Finland)
.ch (Switzerland)
.gr (Greece)
.br (Brazil)
.hk (Hong Kong)
.il (Israel)
.ar (Argentina)
.dk (Denmark)
.us (United States)
.se (Sweden)
.pl (Poland)
.pt (Portugal)
.tr (Turkey)
.cz (Czech Republic)
.ee (Estonia)
.ru (Russia)
.za (South Africa)
.tw (Taiwan)
.mil (USA Military)
.gov (USA Government)
.si (Slovenia)
.cy (Cyprus)
.id (Indonesia)
.hu (Hungary)
.ie (Ireland)
.lu (Luxembourg)
.no (Norway)
.hr (Croatia)
.sa (Saudi Arabia)
.ad (Andorra)
.ph (Philippines)
.my (Malaysia)
.cl (Chile)
.in (India)
.gg (Guernsey)
.lv (Latvia)
.tv (Tuvalu)
.ua (Ukraine)
.th (Thailand)
.uy (Uruguay)
.do (Dominican Republic)
.cr (Costa Rica)
.mk (Macedonia)
.pe (Peru)
.ve (Venezuela)
.arpa (Old style Arpanet)
.ba (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
.bn (Brunei Darussalam)
.ro (Romania)
.kg (Kyrgyzstan)
.tc (Turks and Caicos Islands)
.pk (Pakistan)
.gi (Gibraltar)
.yu (Yugoslavia)
.nu (Niue)
.uz (Uzbekistan)
.su (Former USSR)
.mt (Malta)
.cn (China)
.by (Belarus)
.kr (South Korea)
.sk (Slovak Republic)
.aw (Aruba)

It's quite a list and we draw people in because of the magazine and the back catalogue of reviews - from contributors and readers etc. We appear high up in most search engines.

It would be good to Poll on this, but I suspect that like the number of people who post there is a preponderance to the UK out of proportion to visitors. The other thing is that not everybody who visits us comes to Postings - strange I know!

I do know that in any given week thousands of people read postings (some coming back many, many times) and well over 99% of them never post (or vote)! It's a shame but that's the reality.


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Anjuli_Bai

28-02-03, 02:17 PM (BST)
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2. "RE: I am a Poster!"
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Perhaps for those visitors for whom English is a second language might not feel entirely comfortable posting in English, whereas they feel more comfortable just reading English.

But, do you think it might make a difference, encourage people to click into and post, if "posting pages" was in bold or somehow made more visible?


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Bruceadmin

01-03-03, 05:43 PM (BST)
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3. "RE: I am a Poster!"
In response to message #2
 
   >But, do you think it might
>make a difference, encourage people
>to click into and post,
>if "posting pages" was in
>bold or somehow made more
>visible?

Our new name will bring new designs - but not until the summer holidays. By then our designs will be 6 years old I think. Postings undoubtedly needs to be made more prominent in the overall scheme of things but I'm not in favour of stickingplaster solution in the interim - they always look like stickingplasters somehow and we need to crack on with the new.


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