Thanks to a tip from Zerosumgame in the comments, I looked up Gates of Vienna’s traffic statistics on Alexa. There were some real surprises there — I knew our overseas traffic was high, but the traffic from the USA is only a plurality of our numbers, not even a majority. Does that make us un-American?
And I knew Denmark would rank fairly high — we’re Viking-oriented here, after all — but where are Sweden and Norway? Is Fjordman without honor in his own country?
And why Canada? We don’t even write about Canada very much. What is it with all you hosers, eh?
And Switzerland! I only remember one post that we’ve done on Switzerland in the whole time since we started this blog.
I scraped the stats off Alexa and brought them into Excel to play with. When you add the population of each country (from 2004 statistics) to the table, and calculate the relative proportions of the traffic, it really gets interesting. Using the number of US visitors as a baseline and weighting for each country’s population, here are the results.
I guess those Danes don’t have anything better to do than hang around here — it must be those long winter nights. Same goes for the Canadians, for that matter.
Anybody using a dialup connection will end up with an IP address based on their provider. Can something like that be at work here, skewing the statistics? I know we have quite a few Swedish visitors — are they using Danish ISPs when they log on?
Anyone who has some ideas about these statistical anomalies is welcome to hold forth in the comments.