Re: 400 visitors per hour

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 17:40:24 CST

At 2:41 PM -0800 11/1/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>Okay, let me clarify. I'm talking VERY rough figures here. A noticeable
>link on 10 sites that get on the order of one million hits per day would
>give us the requisite traffic.

Based on my figures below, ten million hits over the 10-day period
may get us 100,000 clickthroughs. At 1 subscriber per 400 visitors,
that's 250 new subscribers, not 1,000. It would be a great
improvement, although not quite Alan's goal, and I think we should
try for it.

> > gets 650,000 visitors a day, but will
>> get much fewer after Wednesday. ....
>A couple of days ago you said this campaign would be effective after the
>election -- not before. So what's you point now? It won't be effective
>after the election? This is not helpful at all.

My point is that we need mention on websites or email newsletters
that will be sent after the election. I've already started work in
getting in some mailings after the election.

> traffic might go down, but other sites will get more
>traffic. We need to find a good number of sites that get lots of traffic.
>Also, email lists and conventional media will help. I am preparing a press
>release right now.

Good. I've been contacting people who might include us, as I mentioned above.

> > If we get 6,500 visitors in the next
>> 24 hours from that site, that's a really good click-through rate of
>> 1%. We're unlikely to get 100,000 visitors to click through from
>> that site. After all, many of those visitors day-after-day to
>> are likely repeat visitors.
>> Therefore, to get 1,000,000 visitors to OVC from placement with a 1%
>> clickthrough rate, we need to be placed on 100,000,000 (one hundred
>> million) web page views in the next 10 days. That's a pretty tall
>> order.
>Right. It is a tall order. Also, as new people come on board, they can
>help us get more links and more traffic.
>> After the election, I will try to get some mailing lists to mention
>> us in their post election analysis on electronic voting machines.
>> Those are likely to get a higher clickthrough rate, but it will still
>> be a challenge to get 1,000 subscribers in 10 days.
>Yes, it will be a challenge.
>Alan D.

I certainly agree we should try to get more subscribers and more
visitors to our site. As the one who manages the OVC finances, I'll
be happier knowing that the OVC can pay its expenses, like phone and
travel. But we should be realistic in knowing what we'll actually

A lot will depend on what problems arise with the election, and with
the Nevada DREs with paper audit trails. We should prepare for the
appropriate messaging to use depending on what circumstances arise.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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