Google Webmaster Groups statistics for September 2007

Posted on 23 October 2007 at 20:25 UTC, filed under Google, disclaimer

I finally got around to getting the statistics for September 2007 for the Google Webmaster Help Groups finished up. I have to admit the numbers for September aren’t the best, especially the counts for the posts by Googlers. Getting started at Google took quite some time and a lot of learning :) . And wow – look at the Googlers post in October (great work, everyone!).

On a slightly sader note, I don’t think I can continue to provide these statistics here. I hope I can work something out as a replacement though, we’ll see.. or maybe I would be better off just posting in the group instead :D .

Without further ado, here are …

The numbers

  • Number of new threads = 1157
  • Number of new posts = 5902
  • Average number posts/new thread = 4.81
  • Number of posts by new users = 915 (15.5%)
  • Number of threads by new users = 696 (60.2%)
  • Average number of posts in threads by new users = 4.8
  • Number of new threads started by Googlers = 2
  • Number of new posts by Googlers = 35

Feel free to compare to August and July 2007. Comparing those numbers to the previous months there’s a visible drop, especially in the number of posts (-1774 or 23%) and threads (-172 or 13%). I hope we can push that back up soon (and answer more questions in the FAQs so that fewer threads are needed :) ).

Top posters

Thank you, top posters!! It’s great to have you in our community helping so many people to get their issues solved. You’re the best! Come on back, JLH, we’re missing you.

  1. webado = 746
  2. cass-hacks = 207
  3. Phil Payne = 195
  4. JLH = 178
  5. cristina = 168
  6. Admin Aaron = 163
  7. Robbo = 157
  8. abracadabra = 145
  9. seo101 = 117
  10. burchman519 = 94
  11. IceGiant = 80
  12. dockarl = 67
  13. Red Cardinal = 53
  14. Sam I Am = 51
  15. Randy P. = 49

seo101 and Randy P. – feel free to give me a site to link to, even if it isn’t yours :) .

Top thread starters

  1. burchman519 = 10
  2. Admin Aaron = 9
  3. tal7080 = 8
  4. Tomcat619 = 8
  5. Alaa Maanawi = 7
  6. Chibcha = 7
  7. ShaneMC = 7
  8. JLH = 6
  9. ARC = 5
  10. gl-science.com = 5
  11. Phil Payne = 5
  12. Vic = 5
  13. yorkieron = 5
  14. azholkover = 4
  15. Blue Fin = 4

Threads with Googlers participating

I hope we push this category off the charts in the next months!!

New threads started by Googlers

New threads started by regulars (>100 posts)

Lots of regulars are great to see. I love it when you come back and start a thread for something special.

Top most active threads

  1. Crawl, Index, Rank: Thoroughly sabotaged (50 new replies)
  2. Crawl, Index, Rank: Do Outgoing Links Increase Ranking? (48 new replies)
  3. Crawl, Index, Rank: ARGH!?! Why, why, why Google? (45 new replies)
  4. Crawl, Index, Rank: mystified by penalty … went from #1 to #726 overnight (42 new replies)
  5. Crawl, Index, Rank: DNS error in Google Webmaster tools (40 new replies)
  6. Webmaster Tools: DNS/URL timeout for Googlebot crawler (37 new replies)
  7. Crawl, Index, Rank: proxy hijacked pages (but no action from google) :( (35 new replies)
  8. Crawl, Index, Rank: Help with SEO ! (34 new replies)
  9. Crawl, Index, Rank: Breaking Out Of Frames Used By Google Image Search With Javascript (30 new replies)
  10. Crawl, Index, Rank: Popular Picks — What would *you* like to know more about? (29 new replies)
  11. Crawl, Index, Rank: spam question (27 new replies)
  12. Random Chit-Chat: Has Anyone noticed how not so relevant Googles serp's are lately? (27 new replies)
  13. Crawl, Index, Rank: Duplicate Content on Different CC TLDs (25 new replies)
  14. Crawl, Index, Rank: Former PR6 site, now PR0 and individual pages not being indexed for past 6 months (25 new replies)
  15. Crawl, Index, Rank: Need Help Please! – My Site Is Going Down The Google Toilet! (25 new replies)
  16. Sitemaps: Sitemap (25 new replies)

Top most linked Domains

  1. google.com = 657
  2. ne-design.net = 583
  3. validator.w3.org = 220
  4. example.com = 153
  5. groups.google.com = 152
  6. tool.motoricerca.info = 127
  7. oyoy.eu = 124
  8. home-medical-equipment-depot.com = 93
  9. mysite.com = 85
  10. kunstpladsen.dk = 74
  11. doggypanache.com = 74
  12. sitemaps.org = 73
  13. expeditionsail.com = 71
  14. tanklesswater.com = 59
  15. w3.org = 57

I always find this list interesting. Besides reference sites, examples (mysite.com is up and coming :D ) and tools, the sites being linked to usually do not get listed for more than one month. I hope that’s because the issues were resolved (but I know sometimes it’s not that simple and I’m glad to see perserverence among you all).

Top most linked Google answers

  1. Webmaster Help Center – Hidden text and links = 54
  2. Webmaster Help Center – Webmaster Guidelines = 49
  3. Webmaster Help Center – How can I create a Google-friendly site? = 13
  4. Webmaster Help Center – Block or remove pages using meta tags = 11
  5. Webmaster Help Center – How do I block Googlebot? = 8
  6. Webmaster Help Center – How do you compile the list of links shown below some search results? = 7
  7. Webmaster Help Center – How can I ensure my content is eligible for removal from the Google index? = 6
  8. Webmaster Help Center – How does Google modify web pages for mobile viewing? = 6
  9. Webmaster Help Center – HTTP errors/ 401/407 authentication error = 5
  10. Webmaster Help Center – How do I add my site to Google's search results? = 5
  11. Webmaster Help Center – Does Google index dynamic pages? = 4
  12. Webmaster Help Center – My URL changed, so how can I get Google to index my new site? = 4
  13. Webmaster Help Center – URLs not followed /Redirect error = 3
  14. Webmaster Help Center – What's a preferred domain? = 3
  15. Webmaster Help Center – Link schemes = 3
  16. Webmaster Help Center – Why isn’t my site returning when I search for results from a particular country? = 3
  17. Webmaster Help Center – How do I request reconsideration of my site? = 3
  18. Why do some of my search results say "This site may harm your computer?" = 2
  19. Webmaster Help Center – Why should I report paid links to Google? = 2
  20. Webmaster Help Center – How do I use the URL removal request tool? = 2

Looking back at September, what were the most common issues that remained present in your mind?

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There are 19 comments to this post.
  1. 10 + 0, that was a tough one.

    I really hope you can continue the statistics, if not at least for your own internal numbers. I’ve kept some of the same statistics myself, a disturbing trend is starting to show, participation is down. I have my theories but they aren’t relevant since I stopped participating. Hopefully with the slightly renewed interest by Googlers in helping the salt-of-the-earth webmasters and not just the Rands and Danny’s of the world more people will start to look to it as a resource. The webmaster blog is still under-utilized in my opinion as well, but I’m sure you all have your reasons.

    Overall, excellent data analysis as usual, I surely do miss it on a daily basis.

  2. Mine’s harder: 10+5 …. :P

    I too hope you can and will continue to compile the stats and post them somewhere. They are enlightening, actually putting order in an otherwise totally disorderly blob of information called Google Webmaster Group. :)

  3. LOL – I actually went back up through the post to try to figure out what this X + Y was all about. Gave up.

    Figured it out now though 8 + 0 for me.

    The ‘Your Top Picks’ was the best thing I’ve seen there to date. Just such a crying shame they will be buried within the Group platform. As a said over there – the real pity was that it was a reaction to certain events IMO.

    I’ve regressed to a common lurker now and doubt I’ll participate much further.

    I’ll be honest – I’d love to have the abilities to easily collect stats like these. Perhaps you could pass this to someone else who can keep it going? Incredibly valuable for outsiders.

    Best rgds, and hope they’re treating you very well,
    Richard

  4. Beat you all – 0 + 0 !! what kind of captcha is that. I guess that’s what you get for trying to post a comment while logged out, lol.

  5. ok – the captcha is a bit broken.

    forgot to actually add 5 + 10051 and after the error it bounced me back but forgot what I had spent so much time writing… which thankfully was a whole lot of nothing :)

  6. Trying to figure the captcha out, I hate it when it loses the comments…

  7. Hmm, too late at night for me to fix what I noticed is wrong (the page is expired) so I added some javascript to fill out the captcha for you (+ a warning below the box). Automated captcha, I guess it should still protect against most scripted attacks, heh.

  8. LOL, some CAPTCHA ;)

  9. Richard, it’s a shame you won’t be participating any more, your practical experience is invaluable.

    I like the pre-filled out captcha, keeps my brain dormant.

  10. Now don’t you ALL vanish at the same time … please…

  11. Thanks for reminding us how much time we waste guessing what Google is and isn’t doing in groups. :)

  12. Oh yeah, #21 er that one is just bugging the @%#@%$ out of me! ;)

    Wait a minute here… that’s my site, why does ne-design.net = 583 of the top linked domains?

    Please explain, thanks…

  13. Cool guys, keep on the hard work :)

  14. Hi Aaron, the domain counts are by “mention”, in other words, if a post has it 10x, it will count 10x, if the same post is repeated (ie replied to without removing the original post), it will count again. I’d have to dig to see which posts it’s counting, but that would mean doing work :D. I’ll try to get it in, but can’t make any promises..

  15. Thanks John, I can see why Google likes you, you are more of a snoop into user data than anyone. Love this blog, do not forget about posting as much information to it as your new job allows!

  16. Hi Aaron – take a look at http://groups.google.com/group/Google_Webmaster_Help-Indexing/browse_thread/thread/3f3ef314fbe61828/ and open all the “show quoted text” boxes. Requoting webado’s Xenu output really pushes your count up :) . Somehow I don’t think that number makes too much sense like that, I’ll try to get the hidden references removed and see what I come up with.

  17. Here’s the top domain list with all hidden entries filtered out:

    Top most linked Domains
    ———————–
    google.com = 271
    validator.w3.org = 101
    groups.google.com = 84
    example.com = 82
    oyoy.eu = 63
    ne-design.net = 52
    tool.motoricerca.info = 51
    cybra.com = 49
    mysite.com = 47
    history.rays-place.com = 44
    zenwaiter.com = 42
    prayabout.com = 38
    sitemaps.org = 35
    bombingscience.com = 27
    w3.org = 27
    domain.com = 24
    neon-das.com = 22
    doggypanache.com = 22
    home.snafu.de = 21
    cbn.co.za = 19
    ampee.com = 19
    home-medical-equipment-depot.com = 17
    sundaymorningsoftware.com = 16
    gapublicwarehouse.com = 15
    hillbt.freeserve.co.uk = 14
    yoursite.com = 14
    calvarybiblechurch.org = 14
    what-we-have-wrought.com = 14
    tanklesswater.com = 14
    xml-sitemaps.com = 13
    72.14.205.104 = 13
    udutu.com = 13

    Hidden text detection, baby :D

  18. Aha … do I sense material a new oyoy toy maybe? :)

    Say yes…please … ;)

  19. Now that’s a little better John, thanks!

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