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October Brought 463,000+ Unique Visitors to This Site

October Brought 463,000+ Unique Visitors to This Site

November 3, 2008

East College Owl.jpgNovember 3, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - More than 463-thousand unique visitors were drawn to DePauw.edu during the month of October, breaking an all-time traffic mark for this Web site for the second time in as many months. Those who came viewed in excess of 6.5 million pages here last month, nearing the high of 6,786,020 reached in November 2007 after a thrilling Monon Bell Classic which received national attention, including being featured as an ESPN "Play of the Day."

Nearly 23-million hits were registered last month at this site, which hosted almost 940-thousand visits.

November 2007 remains the top month for hits (24,183,802), while March 2007 Inaugural Procession 2008.jpgstill holds the top mark for visits (1,293,553).

The top destination for visitors to DePauw.edu was -- as it is every month -- news. A total of 164 new stories appeared in October 2008 (96 in the news section, 68 in athletics). The most widely-viewed new articles included: coverage of the inauguration of DePauw's 19th president, Brian W. Casey and an Indianapolis Star story previewing the event; a report that again places DePauw among the top producers of student Fulbright Awards in the nation; word that all 114 games between DePauw and Wabash College are now commemorated with "Monon Memories; the announcement of Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson's upcoming Ubben Lecture and another on the events accompanying ArtsFest 2008; the Indiana Court of Appeals visit; WGRE being voted a finalist for an mtvU "Woodie Award"; a feature on Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity; a Wall Street Journal column by James B. Stewart '73 in the midst of the stock market collapse; a listing of the 2008 Prevo Scholars; and a story recounting a legendary "ghost story" involving the DePauw campus.

A total of 10,991 stories now reside on the site (8,021 in news; in athletics), dating back to 1835 and searchable.

Humbert Fall.jpgOther popular destinations included the athletics page, the University libraries, and the campus calendar. Among the most popular downloads were the music video and MP3 of The Ballad of the Monon Bell (1,613 downloads combined) as well as audio of President Casey's complete inaugural address (679 downloads).

The average visitor spent 19 minutes and 6 seconds, per visit, at this Web site. At least 9.26% of the traffic came from foreign countries, the top being, in order: Brazil, Canada, Australia, China, United Kingdom, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, France, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, the Czech Republic and South Africa.

  Hits Unique Visitors Visits Page Views
October 2008 22,922,153 463,092 939,740 6,516,079
October 2007 21,875,953 340,553 1,095,174 5,580,534
Oct. 2006 19,666,003 329,368 1,149,184 4,578,553
Oct. 2005


203,725 845,230 3,832,004
Oct. 2004 10,616,953 148,037 550,097 2,906,110
Oct. 2003 8,874,673 96,711 436,672 1,950,440
Oct. 2002 7,425,617 72,581 362,324 1,340,800
Oct. 2001 5,979,649 49,996 264,170 1,080,010
Oct. 2000 3,220,831 28,797 167,420 840,859

("hits" is a count of all the successful hits including HTML pages, pictures, forms, scripts and files downloaded; unique visitors counts each user once per month; visits counts every time a user visits the site)