Flat5’s 50 Percent

WordPress tallies a lot of information about this website including how many times pages are viewed, where those viewers are, and so forth.

This website has been up a little over five years (August 2011) and, as of today in 2016, half of the views (50%) have been of these pages:

RankPage Title#HitsPercentRunning Total
1NRA Membership Status?143910.95%10.95%
2Pink Brass and Lemi Shine7655.82%16.77%
3DIY Eyeglass Prescriptions6224.73%21.50%
4Wet Cleaning with Stainless Steel Media6094.63%26.13%
5Brass Cleaning: Wet Dry or Both?5804.41%30.55%
6What is Flat5?3983.03%33.57%
722 LR Ammo Velocities3852.93%36.50%
8Toz-35M Firing Pin Spring Replacement3772.87%39.37%
9Blinking HDMI2682.04%41.41%
10Ed’s Red Notes2642.01%43.42%
11HF Portable Wire Antenna Kit2381.81%45.23%
12Trigger Length and Finger Position?2331.77%47.00%
13Easy Ammo Labels2171.65%48.65%
14Deactivating Primers?1921.46%50.11%

Most of the above are related to shooting and reloading. The few exceptions detail how to buy cheap eyeglasses from China (#3), explain what the heck “flat5” means (#6), solve an annoying issue with televisions (#9), and measurements to build a portable ham radio antenna (#11).

Clearly, this website is used a lot by shooters.

But since my interests vary, it occasionally attracts others for specific topics. Search engine hits are probably bringing in a lot of them.

My newest baby, the fiction novel “Serpent’s Smile,” comes in well down the list at position #31 (not shown above). No doubt this relatively low ranking is due, at least in part, to its infancy; the chapters vary in age from less than one year to only a few months. But the first draft status of the writing, by a writer with no experience in longer forms, is undoubtedly another detractor. Hopefully, that will improve with effort.

Beware: The #1 most viewed page on this website, NRA Membership Status, is deceptive. It boils down to a link to check your status at the NRA. Soon after posting, however, this page started attracting SPAM. It continues to do so at a record pace. I added a disclaimer to the front of the page to try and discourage complaints that should actually be directed to the NRA. But the disclaimer, refusal to post such comments, and careful policing of the comments has had little or no effect on the SPAM.

I conclude that almost all of the hits on that page are not from real people. Instead, they’re coming from web-crawling automatons. These digital beasts methodically walk the web following links here and there. The ones that visit this page are apparently programmed to add a comment, almost always with some malicious link. Fortunately, none of these actually see the light of day. The website machinery here either automatically shunts them into the SPAM folder, or sends it to me for consideration in which case their true nature is pretty obvious and I hit the <Delete> button.

Please help yourself to the links (above) if there’s something you’ve missed, and explore the Categories and Topics (tags) you’ll find at the Home page.


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