Panbo numbers, & top 10 entries

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Jan 4, 2010

Navagear had a good idea...use Google Analytics to create a year-end post of reader stats and most-read entries.  Actually Panbo has used Stat Counter since before I came aboard almost five years ago, and the graph I like to ponder is above.  If Panbo had a board room, and a staff, we could all sit around smoking large is good, with SC reporting almost 852,000 unique visitors last year, averaging nearly 71,000 per month.  But I've also had Google Analytics at least partially installed on the site for the last year, and some of its deeper analysis is sort of mind blowing...

If I'm understanding that Visitor Loyalty graph below correctly -- honestly, I didn't know it existed until recently -- some 44,000 folks came by Panbo every week or two last year.  And another 47,000 came once or twice a week on average, another 44,000 racked up twice that rate, and an amazing 84,000 Panbots visited more than 200 times.  That's extremely gratifying to a scribbler like me, and I thank every one of you, no matter how often you visit. 
   And now..ta's a list of the most visited entries:

1.  Navico Broadband Radar, beta demo
2.  iPhone mania, a marine app slide show
3.  Sailing with an Airmar PB200  (way to go, Dan!)
4.  LED cabin lighting, from Ikea?
5.  Raymarine AIS500, unique Class B transponder
6.  Raymarine C Series Widescreen, really new
7.  Simrad NSE, brand new & looking good
8.  Standard Horizon GX2100, AISrx/VHF combo for most any boat?
9.  Raymarine E-Series Widescreen, mission accomplished!
10.  The next Gizmo? Talk me down!

I notice that the list favors entries from earlier in the year, and also ones with big brand names in the title, which makes sense given that many of the one-time visitors come via search engine.  What bothers me, though, is that they often land on the first entry of a series.  Somone trying to understand Broadband Radar, for instance, might read that top entry and not realize that Panbo contains testing entries and interesting user comments that went up after that entry.  Fixing that situation is one of many ways I'd like to improve Panbo, and these reader numbers are good motivation!



I'm one of those guys that comes here twice a day! First thing in the morning at the office and then last thing at night!
keep up the great work

Posted by: Brad at January 4, 2010 9:39 AM | Reply


Ditto on the everyday reader here.

Panbo has totally helped me to replace the instruments on my 20yo Island Packet.

It's clear given the number of comments from official spokespeople regarding articles about their products that manufacturers take Panbo pretty seriously as well.

Perhaps adding a 'related posts and forum entries' block or module attached to articles (or a 'tag cloud') would be a great addition for 2010..

cheers, and keep up the great work!


Posted by: mrfugu at January 4, 2010 10:52 AM | Reply

I have Panbo as an RSS feed. I come every time that you post something new. I suppose the bad part of that is that there are often no comments yet.

Truly enjoy the posts!


Posted by: Richard at January 4, 2010 1:55 PM | Reply

Congrats on the site traffic -- well deserved -- great resource...hard to find honest info...even on blogs!

Posted by: John Pasmore at January 4, 2010 7:14 PM | Reply

I'm happy to report that Dan Corcoran (aka "b393capt", and author of #3 in the top ten list above) is not limiting his writing to occasional Panbo entries. He's now doing regular front page work at Sailing Anarchy, and today has a great post about appreciating your boat yard. Well said, Dan!

Posted by: Ben at January 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Reply

Thank you Ben !!

Posted by: Dan Corcoran (b393capt) at January 5, 2010 9:11 PM | Reply

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