One year ago I published Simply Google, which was my attempt to expose the hidden google information architecture. Since then I have been keeping the page up to date and have just added a co.uk version, so it seems like a good time to review the past year for Simply Google.
When I published the page last April I included the urchin code required for Google Analytics and here is the summary page from Analytics for the past 12 months:
The Visits and Page Views quadrant shows that I am currently getting 1,200 visits a day and my busiest period was when Charles Knight talked about SG in his Top 100 Alternative Search Engines list.
Over 50% of all visitors have been so the page before and this compares with a much lower rate of just 6% for this blog.
Geographically speaking, SG is most popular in the USA and UK, followed by Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. Over 3% of visits come from one location in Edinburgh in the UK and it seems that someone in the National Library of Scotland has put a link to Simply Google on their intranet homepage. If anyone can let me know how the NLS is using Simply Google then I would be extremely grateful.
Here is a list of the top 24 referrers and you can see that the NLS intranet appears at number 5.
I have found the stats produced by Google Analytics very useful but it would be good if I could make them easily available publically.
So, Simply Google has now been here for a year and if people continue to use it I will ensure that it is still here in another year.