Last 100 visits

An interesting feature of the Site Meter stats package I use on the site is it provides a world view map of the general location of (up to) the last 100 visitors to the site. This is a screencap of the most recent map from the blog:

Considering the industry I’m in now and my extensive web background I’m still amazed when I see those dots at the furthest tips of each continent (except Antarctica for some reason – Penguins don’t appear to be big on Translation).

It’s also a really good reminder about the reality of the web today. This is a blog I write in my spare time (which I’m sure has become evident is a space of time getting seemingly smaller each day), I don’t “market” it, it’s not heavily linked to nor does it have a massive volume of traffic. Yet a good third to half of the last 100 visitors have come form outside North America and a full 90% of the traffic is from outside of what you would consider my local region (i.e. Greater Toronto Area).

Just English visitors from all over?
However, at the same time it’s also interesting to note that most of the visitors come from Search engine referrals. Interesting because even though a good portion of the traffic comes from regions that don’t have English as a primary language, all the searches/keywords that lead people here are in English.

As I mentioned in my previous post about Google’s Translation Tools a major barrier in the search engine space is language. (i.e. A search for Replace chain on my bicyclewill return a completely different results set than “Remplacer la chaîne sur ma bicyclette“.). It makes sense that I would only get hits from English searches because, well, my site is in English – but what is causing these people to do their searches in English other than their native language? (Better Results? Different Results? English-centric topic? etc.) or is it just a bunch of English speakers that have been scattered to the wind around the world?

Let Me Know
If you’re one of those visitors, from a region with a primary language other than English, who ends up here by a search result using English words I’d love it if you could leave a comment or send an email (in my profile). I’d be really keen to understand whether you’re a native English speaker or, if not, why you were searching in English other than your native tongue?

Either way though, thanks for visiting!

– Ryan

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  • Shoshannah Forbes

    Hello from Israel :-)
    Why do people come to you via English language search?
    Well, the main reason (for me at least), is that the information in Hebrew about i18n/globalization is very very limited.

    I have been in the i18n/l10n business for Hebrew for the last 8 years or so, and from I have seen, most of the work is done by multi-national teams, where the common language is English (it is not rare that in a Hebrew l10n project, except for the translators, I’m the only native Hebrew speaker there).

    In a way, this is rather strange- although Israel has a vibrant high-tech industry, most of the i18n/l10n done for the Israeli market is done by foreign companies, like Microsoft, IBM, Google, Etc (they do have Israeli offices, but a large part of the team isn’t here).