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Dogs more interesting than cats?
2/13/2008 9:06:25 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

I did the titling experiment and here is the result

If you read my previous blog, you'll be aware that I've been experimenting to see how much effect a title has on page hits. Before going into the findings of my very small experiment, let me just explain how hits are counted here at AD (as I understand it). When a visitor first clicks on a particular page, the stats clock one hit. When that same visitor clicks on the same page, it won't be counted, no matter how many times they visit. If they visit a different page on the same site, it will also be counted once. This means that every hit on my stats represents only the first visit by an individual. If I change the title and someone revisits my page to see what else has changed, they won't be counted again. Basically, any hits after the retitling will be new hits, not repeat custom.

Right, now that we're clear on what we're looking at, I can continue. The title I decided to change was Villanelle to Catch a Rat. It had very few hits, mostly on its first couple of days online and had been largely ignored since. In all it had only one thousanth as many hits as my most popular title, An Afternoon with Katherine. I renamed it: Villanelle for a Cat Who Sat. Still not earth shatteringly interesting, but I wanted to see if a change of animal would have any effect. It did, but only slightly. The hits went up by a third in a day, still well behind the closest comparable poem, Villanelle For a Dog Uncut, which has had treble the number of hits so far.

I am being led to think that people may prefer to read about dogs than cats. Funnily enough, Spiders in Her Hair is quite popular, even though quite a lot of people have arachnaphobia. I'd be interested in other people's take on the whole matter of titles and statistics.

Then again, there's the old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics, so maybe I should just go and have a cup of tea instead of playing the numbers game.

Sue P.



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More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
• Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
• Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
• Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
• About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008
• Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
•  Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008  
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


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