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What are all those unregistered readers reading here?

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@tylrwnzl 

 

Can you tell what parts of this forum's content are most compelling for all those unregistered readers?  The number of these folks reading at any one time is huge compared to the registered membership that's online.  We members may be talking to each other without a thought for those readers, but from the numbers it looks like this forum is a spectator sport.  I'm wondering where the crowds gather, and who they are watching.

 

Are they mostly interested in gear talk, or trip and travel stuff, or the beginner/intermediate advice, or the technical forum discussions, or what? What areas do they stay away from?  Surely you've done some analysis over the years, if the platform allows for this kind of tracking.

post #2 of 8

They're following my posts.  It's huge. I guarantee it.

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@tylrwnzl 

 

Can you tell what parts of this forum's content are most compelling for all those unregistered readers?  The number of these folks reading at any one time is huge compared to the registered membership that's online.  We members may be talking to each other without a thought for those readers, but from the numbers it looks like this forum is a spectator sport.  I'm wondering where the crowds gather, and who they are watching.

 

Are they mostly interested in gear talk, or trip and travel stuff, or the beginner/intermediate advice, or the technical forum discussions, or what? What areas do they stay away from?  Surely you've done some analysis over the years, if the platform allows for this kind of tracking.

 

Fair to say that any active online forum has far more lurkers than active posters.  Even more likely for forums with >10,000 members that are getting new members on a regular basis.  Doesn't matter what subject is being discussed.

 

If you really want to know, it's possible to see how many members and guests are viewing a subforum at any given time.  Ski Gear and General Skiing are probably the most popular sub-forums.

 

You can tell if a new thread is popular with lurkers by looking at the View Count, especially if there aren't that many posts.

 

 

 

 

Wanna guess which sub-forum this was?  Screen shot taken at 11:15am ET, so pretty early for folks on the west coast.

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@marznc pretty well summed it up. A lot of people come in from Google Search resorts about specific ski models or resorts; others just enjoy reading the forums regularly but don't like to post. Our Fitness section also gets a pretty decent number of views as well. 

 

One final explanatory note is that the view count is not real time, but rather based on the number of unique users in the past 3? hours (pretty sure it's three). So of the about 1600 guests online right now that doesn't mean they're all currently reading, just that in the last three hours we've had 1600 unique visitors; some may have just read one thing for a minute or two and left, others may be actively perusing the site. 

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Do you have any long-term accumulative counts on which subforums get the most unique unregistered users per day?

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Do you have any long-term accumulative counts on which subforums get the most unique unregistered users per day?

 

I could probably find some, but if you go to the forum overview the currently viewing counts are pretty much indicative of normal viewership. 

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Do you have any long-term accumulative counts on which subforums get the most unique unregistered users per day?


At one point I drafted a list of the "top ten" subforms for a potential thread or article for newbies.  I looked at numbers for the active ones at various times for about a week during the North American ski season.  My sense from looking at New Posts in the last few years is that the patterns are pretty consistent.  Fair to say that long time members who are active posters, newbies (to skiing/boarding and/or EpicSki), and lurkers probably have different interests. 

 

Most Popular

* General Skiing - On the Snow

* Ski Gear - On The Snow

* Resorts, Conditions and Travel - Mountain/Resort

* Fitness, . . ., Injury, Recovery - Ski Training

* Ski Instruction - Ski Training

 

Other Active

* Trip Reports - EpicSki Community

* Getting Together - EpicSki Community

* International Zone - EpicSki Community (countries outside North America)

* Family Skiing - Mountain/Resort

* Beginner Zone - Ski Training

 

Skiing News (in EpicSki Community) and Ask The Boot Guys (in On The Snow) are also active but are special situations since few members start threads in Skiing News and only members of the EpicSki Bootfitter Team can reply in Boot Guys threads.

 

 Lurkers can be non-members or members who have never posted or who rarely post.  The advantage of being a lurking member who never posts is being able to use Subscriptions to track threads of interest and to let the system automatically track which posts a member has already read.

post #8 of 8

I lurked for years just picking up advice on beginner skiing and gear.

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