By BILL SHUMWAY
NorthCountryNow.com reached a milestone this week, for the first time recording more than one million visits in the previous 31 days, according to Google Analytics.
A total of 1,016,381 visits were recorded by the website traffic measuring service from Jan. 15 through Feb. 14.
A total of 2.8 million page views were reported during that same time period, which means the average viewer looks at about 2.8 pages at each visit. NorthCountryNow.com also received a total of 174,151 unique visitors – or visits from different computers – during the same time period.
Currently there is wide discrepancy between results provided by various website traffic measurement services, and the issue is of concern to all parties in the industry.
Quantcast.com, which like Google Analytics directly records website traffic through special code placed on websites, provides very similar results for total page views – 2.7 million in the past month. But Quantcast reports 585,299 visits and 93,654 unique visitors in the past month.
The Quantcast and Google Analytics results are quite different. But either way the results are impressive – especially since NorthCountryNow.com serves St. Lawrence County, with a population of only 111,000, many who still don’t have broadband internet access.
To view how NorthCountryNow.com compares to other news websites in the region as measured by Quantcast, visit http://northcountrynow.com/5-times-more
Viewers are sometimes curious which stories are the most popular on NorthCountryNow.com.
Here are the “top ten” stories for the week ending Friday, Feb. 15, starting with the most-viewed:
• 1. “Madrid Kids Save Elderly Woman Who Had Fallen Into Snow Friday Night and Couldn't Get Up” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/madrid-kids-save-elderly-woman-who-had-fallen-snow-last-night-and-couldnt-get-078365
• 2. “Norwood Man Accused of Raping Helpless Victim, Released On Own Recognizance” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/norwood-man-accused-raping-helpless-victim-released-own-recognizance-078793
• 3. “Three Men Arrested For Stealing, Forging and Cashing Checks Totaling $11,000 From Potsdam Business” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/three-men-arrested-stealing-forging-and-cashing-checks-totalling-11000-potsdam-business-078564
• 4. “Norfolk Woman Charged With Burglary, Her Fourth Arrest Since End of December” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/norfolk-woman-charged-burglary-her-fourth-arrest-end-december-078707
• 5. “Gouverneur, Russell Residents Charged With Selling Alcohol to Minor in Underage Drinking Sting; 9 Stores Refuse Sale” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/gouverneur-russell-residents-charged-selling-alcohol-minor-underage-drinking-detail-9-stores-re
• 6. “Winter Storm Warning, Hazardous Weather Outlook to Remain In Effect for St. Lawrence County” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/winter-storm-warning-hazardous-weather-outlook-remain-effect-st-lawrence-county-078310
• 7. “Madrid Man Faces Multiple Felony Charges After Allegedly Invading Same Home Twice” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/madrid-man-faces-multiple-felony-charges-after-allgedly-invading-same-home-twice-078769
• 8. “Copy of ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Not Steamy Enough to Conceal County Inmate’s Drugs Tucked Inside” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/copy-50-shades-grey-not-steamy-enough-conceal-county-inmates-drugs-tucked-inside-078736
• 9. “Canton Man DWI in Fowler Accident, Deputies Charge” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/canton-man-dwi-fowler-accident-deputies-charge-078288
• 10. “State Allocates $350,000 For New Food Hub in Canton” at http://northcountrynow.com/news/state-allocates-350000-new-food-hub-canton-078536
Congratulations to the 24 teams that participated in Thursday’s annual Polar Bear Golf Tournament at the St. Lawrence University Golf Course in Canton.
The event raised $10,000 to help support the outdoor recreation program operated by CP of the North Country.
You may have noticed photo at of the NorthCountryNow.com team at http://northcountrynow.com/hometown-photos/potsdam/northcountrynowcom-polar-bear-golf-team.
Mild weather helped make event the fun for those who helped raise money for a good cause.