Robert Nyman has published People who visit this web site (some statistics) on his blog, so I thought I would do a quick comparison with mine. In theory we write for the same audience, so here are my stats for the past nine months.
Where people come from
No surprisesthat the US is number one for both of us. Australia features very heavily in my stats more so that Sweden in Robert’s. The reason I would say is because I do tend to focus on local events and issues than Robert and attract more local visitors. If you remove the local visitors, the statistics are surprisingly similar, the same countries in almost the same order, with only slight variations in percentages.
I do have larger percentage of Mac visitors 17% compared to 13.5% and less Linux users 3% compared to 4% with Robert. However, this is probably the result of the local bias, a big number of the local web designers and developers I know and an even bigger number of the ones I meet at WD06 used Macs and these are people that regularly read my blog (or they massage my ego and tell me they do).
Equally very few Australian web people, ie only me and one other I know use Linux outside the server environment.
Other than a few more Safari users as the result of more Mac visitors, surprisingly similar results. 52% Firefox to 32% Internet Explorer.
Robert believes that this is because Firefox is the browser of choice of the web standards-aware web developer. I tend to disagree, the big surprise for me in looking at my stats was that 50% of my website visitors come via google. I would expect my regular readers to be heavily bias towards standards compliant browsers, but people searching on hacking phpbb templates. It would appear that more people are using firefox than just the web standards-aware web developer.