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SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 09, 2018 10:54 am

I was just looking through the forum's analytics statistics and thought I'd share a few numbers from the last 12 months for anybody interested. The fall of forums in favour of Facebook has been quite a hot topic for a few years now but not many people publish numbers.

Firstly traffic, as you can see over the last year there's been a slight fall in daily visitors, but not too much. The forum actually has more traffic now than it did when I first started collecting data in 2013, so it's nothing to worry about. We're currently looking at about 400 daily visits.

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Next up, devices. No doubt mobile phones have contributed to the popularity of Facebook, and as you can see here with almost half of users now accessing the forum via their phone you can see why some forums which are not mobile friendly have taken a hit. There are still a lot of desktop users though so it proves many people still prefer the big screen.

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And finally location. Although we are called "SWFUK" in fact only half of us are British. We have a large amount of American members, and a fairly global user base.

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If people are interested, I will try and remember to make a post like this annually :)

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby Mini99 » Wed May 09, 2018 11:25 am

Thanks Edd, really interesting information you have posted.
Good to see SWFUK is holding it’s own

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby theforceuk » Wed May 09, 2018 11:54 am

Very interesting, especially the mobile users. They must have gone up a bit since 2013?
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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby Plastikheld » Wed May 09, 2018 12:26 pm

Interesting facts - did not expect that only half of the users are Brits.
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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby subzero » Wed May 09, 2018 12:32 pm

I would have never guessed there was 900 Mexican members on here, don't think i'm even aware of more than 50 members that iv'e actually seen active over the past year.

Interesting numbers.
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Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 09, 2018 1:20 pm

subzero wrote:I would have never guessed there was 900 Mexican members on here, don't think i'm even aware of more than 50 members that iv'e actually seen active over the past year.


Most people that browse the forum are actually not members but 'guests', just random people who find threads on Google etc but never sign up. Some forums require people to sign up to see the content to try and encourage membership, but then none of the threads would be in Google search results.

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby subzero » Wed May 09, 2018 1:38 pm

edd_jedi wrote:
subzero wrote:I would have never guessed there was 900 Mexican members on here, don't think i'm even aware of more than 50 members that iv'e actually seen active over the past year.


Most people that browse the forum are actually not members but 'guests', just random people who find threads on Google etc but never sign up. Some forums require people to sign up to see the content to try and encourage membership, but then none of the threads would be in Google search results.

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Ahh interesting I didn't know that about the google searches, I suppose it's better for visitors to see what's in the threads anyway as that might encourage them to join after liking what they see.

I thought those numbers where all for registered members, so that makes sense now, thanks. :)
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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 09, 2018 1:56 pm

Here's the full 5 years of visitor data I have going back to June 2013. As you can see although numbers are slightly declining after peaking in 2016, it has been fairly steady and we get slightly more visitors today than we did back in 2013. Certainly not falling off a cliff, and Facebook Star Wars groups didn't really take off til about 2015 so the impact has been minimal (on here at least.)

I think the two big spikes are Toy Toni and Baggiegate!

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby Robstyley » Wed May 09, 2018 2:03 pm

I don’t get it - what’s the third table, the 87 thousand?? If there’s only 4.5 thousand members? Is it total visits including guests and their location?

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Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 09, 2018 3:01 pm

Robstyley wrote:I don’t get it - what’s the third table, the 87 thousand?? If there’s only 4.5 thousand members? Is it total visits including guests and their location?


That's 87,000 individual users, not members. If you look at the 'users' screenshot I posted a couple of posts above, you will see only around 10% of active users at any one time are members, the majority are lurkers/guests who have not signed up.

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby subzero » Wed May 09, 2018 3:31 pm

Seeing a mild rise there around / just after TFA releasing?, and it looks to happen again around TLJ but nowhere near as much, just a very slight rise.

Also considering facebook groups exploding in popularity this site has done very well to stay flat/steady in visitor numbers.
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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby Palifan » Wed May 09, 2018 4:07 pm

Some interesting stats Ed but you might find the American hits will drop from now on as I'm back in the UK :lol:

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby SAVORY100 » Wed May 09, 2018 4:08 pm

Very interesting reading Edd! thanks for sharing
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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby Snaketibe » Wed May 09, 2018 5:03 pm

Thanks for posting this, Edd. It's very interesting reading, and also quite comforting for those of us who prefer to use our desktops to access SWFUK! :-D

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Re: SWFUK Annual Statistics

Postby grinchy » Wed May 09, 2018 5:17 pm

Very interesting, glad the forum is still doing well, another desktop user here, I can use my mobile to access the board but its better for my eyes on the bigger screen, that's what I get for being an old fart :D
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