WordPress, my blog host, introduced information on the country of origin of visitors to LondonJazzCollector site – calculated by page views. Around half of visitors here arrive from search engine queries, some of them searches like “Zoot Trubshaw Quintet Five Go Mad in Harlem download“.
The most frequently visited pages are those for the Blue NoteLabel, which like to think are unique on the web, and certain artists – Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane always figure prominently, then its a thousand different things. Great!
Total page views will soon pass the half a million mark in just over the two years since LJC started in August 2011. Not bad considering I am assured this vinyl thing is just a passing fad, and no one is interested in modern jazz nowadays.
In eighteen months to September 5th 2013, the LJC visitor profile by country of origin:
As you might expect, the largest source of visitors is from the US, Northern Europe and Japan. Less expected is the number of visitors from outside the Anglophone world, a timely reminder that music a universal language. Hi, and welcome, Jazz Spoken Here. (Or perhaps its those guys in the embassies whiling away their time online)
What is missing are countries without easy access to the Internet (or whose servers refuse identification) or those more “culturally isolated” – the Arab world, Sub-Saharan Africa, much of South and Central America, China and of course Greenland, The Arctic Circle and the North Pole. Bottom of the pile is Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Some way to go then, for John Lennon’s vision “Imagine all the people…” In the usual manner of Utopianists, perhaps he was thinking of “all the people (like us)”
LJC – September 2013
UPDATE February 2017 – six years and still going strong, pageviews crossing around two and a half million, must be doing something right!