Orleans Hub topped 1 million pageviews in April

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 May 2020 at 10:33 am

News site sets records for pageviews, unique visitors

Photo by Tom Rivers: The flags are lowered by the firemen’s memorial at Mount Albion Cemetery out of respect for the victims of Covid-19. New York State has suffered the loss of about 19,000 people to Covid-19, including 14 from Orleans County. Covid-19 has dominated much of the news coverage on the Orleans Hub.

ALBION – Orleans Hub topped 1 million pageviews in April. This is the second time we have hit that level.

We had 1,034,461 pageviews in April. In March, we had 1,064,215 pageviews. That topped the previous record of 875,006 pageviews in October 2019.

There was one less day in April, compared to March, so our daily pageview average actually set a new record in April with 34,482 compared 34,330 in March.

The 34,482 daily average in April is up 32.4 percent or by 8,447 over the 26,035 daily average in 2019.

The average daily unique visitors over the month was 11,563. That is just ahead of the 11,519 daily users in March. Our previous high was 9,394 in October 2019. The 11,563 is up 36.4 percent or by 3,088 from the daily average users of 8,475 in 2019.

Much of the Orleans Hub coverage since mid-March has been dominated by Covid-19 and impact on the community. We’ve continued to cover other community news, including municipal meetings which are now being held on-line, usually through Zoom videoconferencing.

Sports editor Mike Wertman has dug deep into his archive with flashback sports articles. He also continued to run previews of the sports teams, even though their season would be cancelled on May 1. Mike met with the teams while they were practicing in early March to get ready for the season. He felt the teams deserved some recognition.

We’re working more hours trying to cover as much of the news as we can. The most-viewed article last month didn’t have anything to do with Covid-19. It was an article on April 16 about a woman injured in a rollover accident in front of the Walmart in Albion.

The Orleans Hub has now been around for just over seven years. We officially launched the site on April 2, 2013.

We appreciate the support of the community, especially the advertisers, many of which have been with us since we started.

But these are challenging times. News sites across the country are taking a big hit in advertising dollars as many businesses have been forced to close or scale back. At the Orleans Hub, we’ve lost many of the event ads because those gatherings have been cancelled.

If you want to help support this local news operation, you can contribute online (click here) or you can send a check to Orleans Hub, 170 North Main St., Albion NY 14411. Thank you for your consideration.

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