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    #16
    Jeff, I was just reading in a computer magazine that many search engines (including Google) rank their sites on a search based on the number of times that a certain phrase is listed on the site. Some sites have moved themselves up on the search engine lists by filling all the blank spaces on their site with text, but masking it by making the text the same color as the background.

    For example, for our site, the words "spinal cord injury" would be written over and over in white text in all the blank appearing spaces on the home and forums main page. Have we considered or tried this?

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      #17
      KLD, google rankings are based on several criteria. One is the number of people who click on a site that google presents.

      There are services that attempt to manipulate the priorities of google and other searches. For example, one of the ways in which these services work is to go repeatedly to a search service, find the site that they are trying to promote, and then repeatedly select that site to raise the priority of that particular site in the list of found sites. It is also possible to pay search services to rank sites higher.

      We are growing at a steady rate, at an average of about 5 new members per day on average. Over a 1000 people on average come every day to our site, spending an average of 10-16 minutes viewing an average of about 20 page views per visit. We have core group of about 1200 users who have viewed over 300 pages of the site. About 150 members have viewed over 10000 pages of the site.

      Last year, when I did an analysis of our membership, approximately 70% has spinal cord injury. About 22% are caregivers or have a relative or friend with spinal cord injury. About 7% are professionals. When I have time, I will go back and analyze this again although about half of our membership do not indicate their spinal cord injury status.

      Wise.

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        #18
        For the Month of May 2003:

        Total Registered Members: 3866
        Total New Members: 171
        Total Hours Usage Logged: 7574

        Top Five Posters:
        Wise Young (627 Posts)
        Max (283 Posts)
        SCI-Nurse (218 Posts)
        seneca (188 Posts)
        Acid (164 Posts)

        Top Five Topic-Starters:
        Wise Young (244 Posts)
        Max (192 Posts)
        seneca (43 Posts)
        Leo (33 Posts)
        Dr. J. J. (23 Posts)

        % of Members Who Posted:
        10.7

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          #19
          Interesting that we had a big increase in the number of visitors in the last two days. Wise.

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            #20
            We are beginning to approach two big milestone in our site that we will exceed probably by next week. We now have close to 4000 members (3973) and close to 100,000 posts (97,442) on the site.

            On a monthly basis, the site is getting over 30,000 (33,318) visitors to the site, over 600,000 page views (618,852), and nearly 6000 posts per month.

            On the daily basis, we are getting an average of 5 new members, 200 posts, 1000 visits, and 20,000 views per day.

            A consistent weekly pattern has also emerged. Most people visit us on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The visits taper off on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

            Wise.

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              #21
              Anybody notice we passed the 4000 members mark!
              Yeah!!!! Let's hit 10,000 members in the next 12 months.

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                #22
                People may be interested in how others use the subscription services of this site. This web site offers users the choice of displaying topics that they are interested in on a personal page, getting a daily email digest of all the postings in a given forum, getting immediate email notification, and getting a weekly email digest. The following are the number of members who are using each of these services.

                Personal Pages 2639
                Daily Email Digest 148
                Immediate Email Notification 1771
                Weekly Email Digest 17

                Wise.

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                  #23
                  We have broken the 100,000 posting barrier. The site now has 104344 posts, 259 of which contain attachments. Wise.

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                    #24
                    I shifted the statistics to weekly to give a better bird's eye view of our progress. Last week, we broke the 30,000 views on one day. Wise.

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                      #25
                      Statistics reported for period of: August 1-31, 2003

                      Community Activity

                      Total Page Views: 713392
                      Average Page Views/Day: 23013
                      Total New Topics Created: 943
                      Five Most Popular Topics:

                      • Proud Of Our Disabilities by Chris2 (with 144 posts and 2797 page views)
                      • 28 able bodied female looking... by misterhappyshorts (with 81 posts and 1720 page views)
                      • IBOT...more BS from the AB community by Red_1_Canada (with 50 posts and 1462 page views)
                      • how did this happen? by Joey M (with 70 posts and 1348 page views)
                      • can u do this ? by ~the gimp~ (with 56 posts and 1392 page views)

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                            #28
                            I don't know if people can open the attached file but it is an html file that reports on the statistics of September. Our site broke a number of records.

                            1. We had 207 new members sign up during the month. This is more than any previous month.

                            2. People logged in a total of 11,134 hours on the site with a total of 1,022,332 page views. This is the first time that we have broken a million page views per month.

                            3. Not surprisingly, the top five topics were all about the Beijing sojourn by three of our members.

                            Wise.

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                              #29
                              Since the week ending September 23, our site has consistently had more than 10,000 visitors per week, an average of over 300,000 page views per week. This past week, we broke the all time record of 2000 posts per week. Wise.

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                                #30
                                Since September, the traffic to this site has more than doubled, from 120,000-170,000 page views per week to now over 350,000 page views per week. The number of posts went from 1200-1300 to over 2300 per week. The number of visitors have gone from 8000-9000 visitors per week to over 11000 visitors per week. The number of gigabytes downloaded has gone from less than 1 gigabyte per week to now over close to 3 gigabytes per week. Over 500 new members have registered and we should soon reach 5000 registered members.

                                Wise.

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