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Hello, world

I use Google Analytics on this blog to track visits and have collected statistics for couple years now. I toyed with these a bit today to see where are the visitors from, just out of curiosity and for no particular other reason. I used Tableau to generate the below stats, it connects to Google Analytics directly and has a free trial version.

Here is accumulated visits map by city/country:visits_world

The size of the circles is proportional to the number of visits from that city, I get a lot of visits from the major cities in Europe, so hence the larger dots there. The visits from the USA are much more spread, i.e. coming from many different cities. A treemap of the number of visits by country shows the USA as the top of the list, followed by the UK and Germany, France, the Netherlands:


That’s interesting, but probably not surprising, as the top countries are also large in population. Probably 95% of the visits from country #6 – Bulgaria are mine, so I will filter these out for the next charts 🙂 .

Next, I decided to factor in the country’s population and compare that against the number of visits from that country to get something more comparable. I created a calculation that would provide a [# of visits/country’s population] ratio and re-generated the treemap:



So that’s more interesting, my projects seem to be interesting to large % of the population in Estonia, Slovenia, Denmark, the Netherlands and so forth. Estonia seems to lead by a factor, I wonder why that is. Greetings to you guys from Estonia 🙂 .The USA that was ranking top is now way behind.

Few more charts by region, the Americas show the distinct concentration of visits from the North-East of the USA and then the East coast, Brazil also generates traffic:



The Asia-Pacific region shows concentrated visits from Australia’s largest cities on the East, visits from Japan are very spread, coming from many places:


Visits from Europe are predominantly from the North-West, I see a large % of visits originating from the city of London. The Netherlands, Belgium and the western regions of Germany also generate significant % of traffic. The Netherlands and Belgium stand out because traffic isn’t concentrated only in the large cities (like Spain and France), but very evenly distributed all over the territories:


Visits over time, these are filtered by the top countries only, metrics are hidden to preserve some level of privacy:



Looking at the top pages visited, it is clear that my Raspberry Pi related projects enjoy most interest:visits_by_page


Interesting stats, enjoyed putting these together too.



8 thoughts on “Hello, world

  1. Mars

    Hey Martin. Nice insight in the world-wide attention your work receives!

    I’m using Tableau @ work. A great tool for large scale analysis.

    Could you provide an overview of the Netherlands? I think the Utrecht & Eindhoven area are one of the larger dots 😉

  2. Trystan

    Thats amazing! I notice a blank void over Wales in the UK where Glyn and I are based, but when I look up my ip location it seems to be london which is a good 200 miles away.. so maybe some of that london dot is us 🙂

    1. Mars

      It depends on how Google Analytics is getting your location. I have no idea how that one works. Many just use your ISP’s home location!.
      If you look at, you see some different ‘tools’ that determine your location.

      In my case, the first three ALWAYS give some location 50-150km away from where I am. The last one (GeoIP from MaxMind) is sometimes spot on – the right city at least – and sometimes even more away from where I am than the other three…

      1. Martin Post author

        I too ran a IP check for Trystan’s IP and it reported it is located in London. So mystery solved, seems that some UK ISPs mask the actual location..