I've always kept an eye on the view counter under the station info on the right hand side of the page. It only shows the current month and resets at the end of each month.
It would be cool if there was more insight as to the traffic. Like not only the current month but months in the past, totals for the year, graphs that display the traffic to one's weather station over a user selectable time period., and display the origin of the views on a map.
I've always been curious as to the traffic to my station.
recently my station is being slammed with page views (thousands a day). I would like to be able to see where the views are coming from (referring URL, IP, country, state, etc)
include more detailed site stats so that we can see where visitors are and at what time they land on our pages.
Do something like Youtube analytics to see from where people are accessing the data.
Is there a way to give us stats as to where views of my station are originating? Not down to the person level, but maybe country then zip/postal code.
OK, here's another theory about why WU stations may be getting more hits this year. As of this afternoon, I'm up to 8014 views since 4/1/2013. (That's significantly more than the 125 hits/day I averaged in 2012.) Recently I noticed that on the Google News homepage, under the weather icons for the local weather forecast (San Diego in my case), there are links for Weather Underground, The Weather Channel, and AccuWeather. My guess it that with this exposure on Google News, more people are discovering how much better WU is compared to the other weather sites.
It would be interesting to know when Google added the WU link to its News homepage.
Thanks greg - I'm going to merge this idea with a similar one already in the system.
Someone thought it might have something to do with Facebook.
My stats jumped 20 fold!
Almost 17,000 (Yes - seventeen thousand) hits from Feb. 1, 2013 to Feb. 14,2013. Would like to know if there is anything in common with stations reporting increased hits. (i.e. webcams, solar data, location, etc) KCATUJUN4
Thanks, Matt! I'm sure it's not a huge deal regardless, just a curiosity.
I've asked around regarding the increased view stats, and there aren't any clear answers. It might be related to us changing the configuration file for search engine bots on our site — some of the hits could be coming from them. Short answer: we don't know yet.
I can guarantee you, however, that it has nothing to do with TWC :p
I can't say I'm too excited even though TWC promises hands off. I don't want to WAKE UP WITH AL on my WU page. Big corporations have a habit of wrecking things. For a great example of this, see what Microsoft is doing to Skype. But this is way off-topic.
Please tell me WU and TWC have not merged.
As for the hit count theory being related to TWC, I doubt it. I've been seeing these ballooned counts for years. My station has been online since Dec 2004, and I can't remember a time when I didn't see inflated traffic.
It could be linked to the Merger of WU and the Weather Channel. Perhaps they are hitting the PWS for data automatically or from their web sites. The sudden jump in activity was right around the time when the merger was announced.
I think I discovered why there has been such a huge increase in traffic to my PWS this month. I'm now up to 13,900 views (over 1400 views/day since Sunday). When I did a zip code search on WU, I found that my station came up when I entered the zip code for Downtown San Diego (92101) as well as when I entered my actual zip code (92116). My station is about 5 miles northeast of Downtown. Searches of the other urban San Diego zip codes (92102 thru 92126) resulted in finding at least one PWS within each of the specific zip codes.
I checked the WU settings for my PWS to make sure that I didn't inadvertently change my zip code. It is correctly identified as 92116.
Now my question is why are searches for 92101 resulting in traffic to my station when there are several PWSs in zip codes closer to Downtown SD?
I certainly don't mind the traffic, but I'm not sure why this happened.
Yeah, I concur, I have 2207 views since January 1, and that is (quite literally) unbelievable. Something happened.
My station is out in the country outside of a small town. The first 2-3 years I would average maybe 40-50 hits a month. The last two or three years I average 1300-1800 hits a month. I just checked mine and I am at 1749 which seems to be an average month anymore. The only thing I can figure and this is totally a guess is that there is some type of automated weather collecting program or programs that maybe the NWS and/or local TV and Radio stations have to constantly gather updated information. I just checked a couple of other PWS in my area and their counts are in the same ballpark as mine.
The hit counts have always been high for me. This isn't a recent development. I once thought I was generating them by leaving a browser open and resting on my page. But I don't do that as a rule, so I'm not pushing up my own hits.
I have 3953 views almost 4k. I've run my station since December 2009 and never seen that much activity.
That's strange. Have other seen a large increase in views?
I too am interested in getting more information about the traffic to my station. I've had my station (KCASANDI98) on WU since October 2009. As I recall, at first I would get about 10 hits a day. Probably 8 of the 10 hits were mine. Over the years as I told more friends and neighbors about the site, my traffic increased to about an average of 125 hits per day during 2012. When the weather was unusual for San Diego, the traffic understandably increased.
This month, however, I am totally perplexed by the increase in my view count. As of this morning, January 27, I have had 11,141 views! I have no idea if this is an error or a reflection of a significant increase in traffic. The weather in San Diego has not been that unusual. We had an cold snap earlier this month (breaking a few local records) and it's rained for the past couple of days, but this is generally what is expected in January.
The more information you can provide about the sources of the traffic the better. I am also interested knowing how PWSs rank in terms of traffic volume. Is this month's jump in traffic limited to my weather station or did the traffic increase across the board for other San Diego weather stations?
I join the other WU members in urging you to provide more stats about the traffic to our weather stations. I would really appreciate knowing more about how my weather station is being used.
wx5rp, I agree. This seems to be a record setting month for visitors. I retired last night and noticed 5700, 7 hours later see 106 more. My camera is black overnight so I'm stumped on why so many hits as of late. No complaints, but where are they from. If real? kwagoldb6
There's something odd about the hit counter that undermines its credibility. In 26 days so far this month, there have been 3800 hits on my station. As much as I'd like to think I'm that popular and that my presence on Weather Underground brings people to me in droves, I have to suspect an automated presence is partly responsible for this inflated count. Getting more information on the source might help weed out bots or other garbage. I would love to know who finds my wx station so intriguing!
If any of you have Youtube channels, or are familiar with youtube, check out how they have their stats set up. They have many graphs, views by country, sooooo much. That would be very nice. I am very impressed with how many views my meager station gets (1355 since Jan 1, as measured on Jan 24). Please please please PLEASE work on this!!!!
Matt, so far I like your list especially if you can show where the hits are coming from. mck, that is a great suggestion to not include our own views in the counter, if they can do that. I would like the number to only be how many other people looked at my PWS and not have the stats padded with my own views.