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September ABCes: How the Guardian and Telegraph overtook the Mail
October 25, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 2 Comments

June 2009 saw the Mail Online unexpectedly overtake both the Guardian and Telegraph in the ABCes, partly on the back of US traffic and Michael Jackson stories.

Fast forward to September and the story is the same as earlier in the year - Guardian first, Telegraph second and Mail third. So what's changed? To find out, I've compared the ABCe figures for UK and foreign visitors in June and in September. The difference between the Guardian's performance and that of the Telegraph and Mail is revealing.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

Alexa data: how accurate is it – using audited ABCe figures to check?
July 29, 2009 – 8:30 am | 5 Comments

By making use of ABCe data, we can check what Alexa says with the official audited data for UK newspapers. As the table shows, it's OK but not brilliant.

Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June
July 27, 2009 – 9:27 am | 6 Comments
Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June

Figures from Compete.com, which tracks American internet use, show that, of the 4.7 million unique users that the Mail added from May to June, 1.2 million were from the USA, and foreign searches for Michael Jackson's kids also drove the Mail's growth.

The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page
July 23, 2009 – 2:34 pm | 6 Comments
The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page

The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.

ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)
June 24, 2009 – 10:36 pm | One Comment
ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)

In March, I appealed to the Audit Bureau of Circulations to sort out its terrible ABCe website. It's had a redesign. Here's a list of its latest problems.

ABCe: Please sort out your terrible website
March 9, 2009 – 1:35 pm | 2 Comments
ABCe: Please sort out your terrible website

For a body in charge of standards, the ABCe's website is a disgrace and an embarrassment.