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Orleans Hub topped 1 million pageviews in March

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 April 2020 at 1:07 pm

News site, now 7 years old, sets record for traffic


Photo by Tom Rivers: The Orleans County Legislature met last week in a room that was capped at 10 people. The Orleans Hub has been covering local government meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic, even as some governments move to on-line meetings.

Orleans Hub set new records for traffic in March, with the big numbers driven by coverage of the coronavirus and its impact on the community.

The Orleans Hub had 1,064,215 pageviews in March. That topped the previous record of 875,006 pageviews in October 2019.

The daily pageview average for the month was 34,330, which is up 31.9 percent from the daily average of 26,035 in 2019.

We also averaged 11,519 daily users in March. Our previous high was 9,394 in October 2019. The 11,519 is up 35.9 percent from the daily average users of 8,475 in 2019.

Our traffic really started to take off on March 12. Since then we have been over 10,000 unique visitors and 30,000 pageviews every day. That is 20 straight days at those thresholds.

March 17 was the high with 49,533 pageviews, and March 28 had the most unique visitors at 17,645.

A story about Darlene Rich, the Shelby town clerk, sharing about coming down with the coronavirus on a trip to Florida was the most-viewed article during the month.

We’ve had to adapt to covering the local news, with more governments shifting to on-line meetings and many events being cancelled.

The Orleans Hub has now been around for 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 Day 1.

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. Many news sites are laying off staff or putting them on furlough.

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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