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Monday, January 30, 2012

January Stats On The Tap. Late Surge. Over 250,000 Downloads.

Google logged 160,000 page downloads for January on The Tap. We also saw 110,000 page downloads on B4IN, the US site beforeitsnews, which mirrors all our posts. That keeps us over 250,000 page downloads for the third month in succession.

Official blog scorers don't acknowledge our success as they don't like the stories we publish. Oh well. You can't please everyone. And to think Iain Dale put The Tap in one of his Top 100 British Blog lists five years ago, when traffic was less than 1% of what it is now!!! The one thing you can be certain of when writing anything approximating to the truth, is no corporate media organisation, dedicated to misinformation, will touch you with a barge pole. We write under the radar.

We've had great contributions from all our writers this month. Naming you is not necessary. You know who you are. I hope February is as exciting and interesting with great stories coming in as January has been. I learn so much from acting as your editor, although the blog's growth means some days I am not getting to reply to all the things being sent in. It's especially hard working here in Manila with a slow internet connection on a small laptop. As I'm back in the UK during February, it's not worth repairing my PC, or paying for faster internet.

Please be patient if I don't get around to replying instantly. Lots of good material isn't getting published. I try to pick out what I think readers will go for first. Maybe I'll find a sub-editor soon who can take over for a day or two occasionally. I'll keep battling on meantime, and keep The Tap running!

TIME SPENT ONSITE BY READERS
- Average visit time per reader after 1st page is 2 minutes 12 seconds, according to Sitemeter. That might not sound much. We used to be at 2 minutes 45 seconds before the growth spurt in reader numbers which started in November. 2:12 is actually not bad, and it is gradually increasing again. On the day Gary Speed died, it went down to 17 seconds for 10,000 readers in one hour!

For a benchmark, look at eureferendum.blogspot.com which publishes its sitemeter readings. They have 1 minute 45 seconds average reader time at the moment, up a bit from last month. They did about 185,000 page downloads in the month of January on Sitemeter, and are usually listed as one of Britain's top ten political blogs. On both measures we are in the same ballpark, both reading time and number of pages downloaded. Yet we are listed way lower in the rankings by Wikio and never mentioned by others!!!

If the current trends continue, we will see an annual 3 million page downloads, and we know our stories are travelling much further afield than The Tap and B4IN. Just under two years ago 100,000 a year seemed a fair annual target. Let The Tap Run!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well TAP Feb 2012 is around the corner.

"Congratulations"

& Thankyou for all your HardWork.

A big Thankyou to all your high profile & discreet supporting solders,
Who simply keep on delivering eye pop-ing news info & facts every day. "loveit" to bits

People NEED to Digg deep into your years of headlines to really appreciate your commitment to open information for all.

There is something for everyone.

Stories to blow you away RU Ready folks?


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Re: TAP's open door to "REALITY"

Anonymous said...

Hi guys check this out

on in 1 hour from now!

a clandestine meeting point for secret societies

BBC Radio4

11:00am UK
The Secret Catacombs of Paris
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.

Famously known as the City of Light, Paris is a diverse metropolis rich in architecture and steeped in history. But it has a dark alter ego that lies 30 metres under the ground, mirroring centuries of bloody wars, revolutions and riots on the surface. For Paris is porous - built on 177 miles of tunnels that were formed when limestone and gypsum were quarried to build the capital. Most people are only aware of just a tiny fraction of these tunnels - the world famous ossuary known as The Catacombs. The authorities have tried to keep a lid on the full extent of the labyrinthine remainder for hundreds of years. But there are little known entry points everywhere - in basements, in train stations, cellars and sewers. Throughout history, invaders have always found a way in, whether they were fighting Prussian soldiers, fleeing royalty of the French Revolution, the Nazis or The Resistance. Today they're home to the cataphiles - urban explorers who use the tunnels as an art space, a music venue or even a clandestine meeting point for secret societies.
The Guardian's architecture and design correspondent Jonathan Glancey investigates the underground maze of Paris, revealing a mysterious and intriguing history.

may confirm many of TAPS headlines.

link to listen on web:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/stations/radio4

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b9h73

click on LISTEN or LIVE

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