Three month ago, on May 1, 2013, in an attempt to clarify what the site is about,
I moved all the content of perl5maven.com to
Back then I collected some numbers from Alexa
so I can see how does the change effect the position of my web site.
I even compared a bunch of Perl, Python, Ruby and
PHP sites with their respective Alexa ranking.
As Alexa uses a 3-month average, I wanted to see what's the status now, and let you know what I see in
the Google Analytics reports of the Perl Maven site.
By the beginning of June 2013, the daily visitor count went down from some 2,200 to around 1,200.
That despite several people translating and publishing
individual pages in 13 different languages.
Looking at the data from the analytics and from
Google webmaster I saw the biggest issue was that
in many search result on Google, the site was moved from position 1-2, to position 2-3 or
even lower. Just this had the effect of reducing the click-through rate and thus the number
of visitors by about 40%.
It was not an easy feeling, but I hoped in time Google will notice that this is the same site,
with the same content and will increase its trust.
I did not wait though. Besides the many-many articles that were translated and published by the
awesome volunteers, I also published a number of articles
and tried to make sure Google (and Yandex) know which pages are the translated versions of which
I am not sure what exactly worked, but starting on July 10, 2013, I started to see an increase
in visitors and by July 16, it was already more than 2,600 / day. It slightly lowered since then
but I constantly get between 2,200-2,500 visitors / workday.
Let's see the graph for weekly visitor count of perlmaven.com
for the past year:
You can see the deep hole staring on May 1.
Hopefully this new growth trend will continue.
Data from Alexa
Now let's look at the data from Alexa.
As you can see the perlmaven.com site is still very far from reaching the same position where the
perl5maven.com was 3 month ago. I did not think that my articles will loose their position because
if the move. I think I have not published anything on the Perl 6 Maven site, so it is not surprising
its position is so bad.
While there is a downwards trend in these numbers, this is not surprising as more and more people use the Internet for
things other than programming. We can observe similar downwards trends in the other 3 major dynamic languages.
Even Stack Overflow went from position 78 at the end of April to 102 on Aug 1, 2013.