Statistics for Fathers for Life, 2006 to 2013 Summary
Trends of monthly page views over time for the ten most-popular subject areas
A few features of that trend line are common to all of the trend lines
presented on this page. The three most important ones of those are:
The steep rise in late 2006, at the beginning of
the trend lines, is due to Google Analytics having been installed to
record web-stats for F4L in the middle of October 2006. Fathers for
Life had become a very popular website. I had thought that it
would be a good idea and less labour-intensive to monitor website
traffic and traffic patterns with Google Analytics than by the means I had been using.
The large drop in traffic volumes shown for 2011
began in early April and was ostensibly due to Google having
implemented ranking-algorithm changes that were ostensibly intended
to eliminate duplicate listings on search returns. Roughly one-third
of all websites I surveyed were affected by that. I did not have
sufficient time at hand to determine whether any sort of selection
bias was at play, except that I found some feminist web sites had
not been affected, but many pro-male saw drops in traffic volumes
that ranged from about 20% to more than 30%, compared to traffic
volumes they had experienced in the preceding month, but not only
The frustrating aspect of that decline is that with virtually all
affected subject areas, the decline in traffic volumes was preceded
by a universal, extra-ordinarily steep increase in traffic.
The steep decline in page views at the end of the
trend line is due to
A hacker attack that targeted ten of the then
most-popular 25 web pages at F4L, and
An oversight; the page views
2013 should have been excluded from the graph. They are for only seven days in April.
Nevertheless, it is obvious that the hacker attack in March had a
substantial — even
if only temporary — impact on the number of page views in March. (I
hope to be able to make an update to all of the graphs for the end of
April. The update will then make it more clear how much of an
impact the March hacker attack had.)
The following graphs are for the ten subject areas of interest examined in
this page . Clicking on a given image will take you to a table of contents
or an index page or a key page for the subject area addressed by the image.
The substantial decline in the level of interest in the subject of health is
almost exclusively due to the decline of public interest in
the subject of Anorexia Nervosa. That
subject accounted for a substantial but steadily declining share of all
traffic to F4L for the first three years of the interval examined.
The sudden increases in traffic volumes late in everyone of the years
covered were due to the mainstream media featuring discussions of world
demographics. It appears that those scheduled media campaigns motivate
many people to inform themselves about population trends. That is a
prime example of to what extent public interest is being influenced by what
the media popularize. It is clear that just a few people are the
drivers of the opinions of very many.
In this particular case, the regular annual increase in traffic volumes is
caused by news stories that focus on issues of world demographics and
mentioning of the term "population pyramids" in October of each year, at a
rate that is about five times greater than that in September of each year.
We may have freedom of speech, although that is somewhat debatable, but we
most definitely do not have freedom of opinions. Our opinions are
being steered by just very few people, perhaps and possibly by few more than
a handful of them. Who pulls their strings?
The web pages for Parents Helping
Parents are a subdomain of the website of Fathers for Life. The deep
deep dip in traffic volumes at the end of 2011
werewas caused by it being
overlooked that something had gone wrong with uploading updates for the
website (the directory structure had been changed inadvertently).
Anyone who has any questions regarding the information in
this page or who wishes to comment on the information or to offer any
related advice, feel free to leave your comments at the blog, dads & things,
blog entry that provides an introduction to this page.
Posted 2013 04 09
2013 04 09 (made minor edits, such as corrections of typos, grammar and of list
formats, and added more annotations to some of the graphs)