Orleans Hub smashes records in September

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 October 2014 at 12:00 am

New highs for visitors and pageviews

Photo by Tom Rivers – A fire engulfs a truck outside Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot in Albion on Sept. 24. The truck’s owner, Timothy Martin, escaped without being injured. Albion firefighters were quickly on scene to put out the fire, one of several breaking news stories reported last month on Orleans Hub.

Orleans Hub saw a significant jump in traffic in September, a month with high-profile crimes, breaking news and tragedy.

While many Hub readers thank us for lots of positive news on the site, crime and tragedy seem to be the most viewed stories at the site.

We averaged 5,600 unique visitors daily in September, which broke the previous high of 4,757 in June by 17.7 percent. Our pageviews for the month totaled 519,161, which was up by 64,639 or 14.2 percent from the record in August. The September average was 17,305 pageviews each day.

Orleans Hub went live about 18 months ago April 2, 2013. We didn’t hit 5,000 unique visitors for a day until Oct. 17, 2013. That was the day of the huge fire in Albion at Orleans Pallet. The 5,898 visitors to the site that day was a record high for the Hub about a year ago. Now it’s close to the daily average.

The most viewed story last month was an article on Sept. 24 about a standoff in Ridgeway that closed a section of Route 104 for about six hours (Section of 104 closed in Ridgeway after suspect barricades self inside). A man wanted in the incident, Gerardo Quiros, turned himself in to state police two days later on Sept. 26.

The Hub’s local sports articles and photos also saw a big jump in traffic, up 33.4 percent from a May high of 19,530 to 26,062 in September.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Mike and Cheryl Wertman are drawing a following for their coverage of local sports. In this photo, Medina’s Brett Pecoraro picks up yardage in a 60-8 victory over Newfane on Sept. 6.