One Million Visits

Z.M.Davis calls our attention to the fact that Overcoming Bias has now had over one million distinct visits, and over two million page views.   For the last month we’ve averaged over four thousand visits per day.  And this is all ignores RSS reads.   Since starting in Nov. ’06, we’ve had almost a thousand posts and eighteen thousand comments.  For the curious, here is our entire history of page views:


I didn’t notice earlier as I’m on travel, giving the same “futarchy” talk in Zürich Monday, London Wednesday, and Oxford Friday, all the while suffering a severe cold. 

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  • LG

    It doesn’t surprise me. The quality and quantity of the posts here blow any other site I know out of the water, it was only a matter of time before it became popular, even given your limited target audience.

  • Nick Tarleton

    It’d be interesting to know what posts have the most hits.

  • josh

    What was the spike?

  • Joe T

    I found two things remarkable about this post.

    1. The post doesn’t mention the incredible spike. What is this, “Overcoming curiosity”?

    2. One of the top three comments was not about said spike. Strange.

  • click me for a good indication of individual post popularity. It looks like the spike was Kai Chang’s favorite liar post.

  • Congratulations! What statistics software are you using?

    The comments are WAY over nine thousand!!!

  • LG

    Joe, I’m used to looking at web stats, and it’s not uncommon for sites in this format to experience spikes like that when a particular post becomes widely popular thanks to cross posting on a site like digg. I was mildly curious which post it was, but all the posts here are interesting to me, so it didn’t pique my interest particularly.

    It’s a common pattern — spikes occur thanks to specific posts, and some residual hits continue to come because certain members of that spike become regulars. This pattern repeats, each time leaving more regular users, and because of the nature of social book marking, each spike gets larger than the previous spike, and leaves more residual regulars, rinse, repeat.

  • Doug S.

    The post got an awful lot of attention; it’s the wrong day for the big spike, but it seems to correspond to one of the other, smaller spikes.

  • I’m not 100% sure, but I think that huge spike is a post from OB that I submitted to reddit and it made it to the front page. Or maybe mine is one of the smaller spikes…

    In any case, congrats on the superb and thought provoking blog. The second million visits won’t take anywhere near as long.

  • cerebus

    Don’t get too cocky. Chris Masse sees dark portents.

  • I missed this one somehow – where’s the talk in London?