CRMVet Website Annual Report, the Year 2016
As of January 1, 2017

Website Traffic

According to Google there were 355,015 visits to the site in 2016. A "visit" is someone coming to the site and viewing one or more pages. If someone comes a second time, that's counted as a second visit. Roughly 86% of our visitors came from the U.S, with 14% from other nations. Not surprisingly, most of the foreign visitors come from English-language nations, but we get some visitors from just about everywhere.

[Annual visits graph] Annual number of visits, last five years.
2011: 332,559
2012: 348,990
2013: 419,716
2014: 355,153
2015: 445,951
2016: 355,015

We first launched our site 17 years ago in 2000. The number of visitors grew steadily until around 2010. But as you can see from the graph above, our growth over the past six years has leveled off. One possible cause for this may be that web traffic is increasingly being driven by social media and we are not active in that arena. Unfortunately, we don't have social-media skills nor do we yet have the financial resources to hire someone for social-media promotion.

Still, for an all-volunteer, educational, non-commercial, website with absolutely no promotion budget or any kind of foundation or corporate funding, a range of 330,000 to 450,000 visits per year is nothing to sneeze at.

As you can see from the our month-by-month graph below, as usual our traffic rose and fell with the school calendar as grade school and college students used the site for homework, reports, research, and so on. When school is in session, the number of visits each day to the site generally ranges from 750 to 2000 (compared to 300-1200 when school is not in session). Our busiest months are January (MLK Day), February (Black History Month) and March-May when term papers and class projects are being worked on.

[Monthly visits graph]


Financial Report

In April of 2016 we started asking for donations to help defray website costs and allow us to undertake new improvements (prior to that we had been paying all expenses out of our own pockets).

Financial Report 2016


Public donations $4,797

Our contributions $4,716

TOTAL $9,513


Email service $505

Software $176

Google search $100

Online research $140

Copying & scanning $30

Backup services $15

Misc $80

Domain registration $350

Transcribing $1,650

Typing/Formatting $585

Renovate home page $420

PayPal fees $130

Travel $1,486

TOTAL $5,667



Website Content

In terms of content, 2016 was good year for website. The number of stories, letters and documents continued to significantly increase.

Some Rough Content Counts:

631  Veterans Roll Call (names & contact info of Movement veterans)
209  History & Timeline Articles
384  Original articles & speeches by Movement activists
350  Stories, narratives, & oral histories by Movement activists
254  Original letters & reports from the field
2280  Original Freedom Movement documents
1484  Guesstimate of Movement photos on the site
203  Commentaries by Movement veterans
45  Transcribed discussions of Movement veterans
193  Movement-Related Poems
614  Bibliography of Freedom Movement books
1293  Web Links, approximate count of links to other Movement websites & pages

Top-10 Most Visited Sections:

1. Poems of the Freedom Movement
2. Photo Album: Images of a Peoples Movement
3. Southern Freedom Movement Documents, 1951-1968
4. Our Stories
5. History & Timeline of the Southern Freedom Movement
6. Frequently Asked Questions About the Civil Rights Movement
7. Southern Freedom Movement Veterans Roll Call
8. Our Words: Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement
9. History & Timeline of the Southern Freedom Movement
10. In Our Memories They Live Forever

Top-10 Most Visited History & Timeline Pages:

1. The Year 1961 — (Freedom Rides, Albany Movement, McComb MS, Baton Rouge, etc)
2. The Year 1960 — (Student Sit-ins, SNCC Founded, New Orleans Schools, etc)
3. 1963: January-June — (Birmingham, Greenwood, North Carolina, Medgar Evers, etc)
4. The Year 1954 — (Brown v Board of Education & Massive Resistance, etc)
5. 1963: July-December — (March on Washington, St. Augustine, etc)
6. 1964: Mississippi Freedom Summer Events
7. 1965: Selma & the March to Montgomery
8. The Year 1955 — (Montgomery Bus Boycott, Emmett Till, Baltimore Sit-Ins, etc)
9. The Year 1962 — (Greenwood, Meredith at 'Ol Miss, Jackson, etc)
10. 1964: January-June — (Civil Rights Act, St. Augustine, Hattiesburg, etc)

Top-10 Most Visited Photo Album Pages:

1. The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement
2. We're Going to March in St. Augustine
3. The Freedom Rides
4. The Children's Crusade Birmingham — 1963
5. Mississippi Freedom Summer — 1964
6. Young People Lead the Way
7. Georgia on My Mind
8. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Hold on! Hold on!
9. They Say That Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
10. Selma, Lord, Selma

Top-10 Most Visited Poetry Pages:

1. Poems of: Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
2. Poems of: Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
3. Poems of: W.E.B. du Bois (1868-1963)
4. Poems of: Sterling Brown (1903-1989)
5. Poems of: Margaret Block
6. Poems of: Naomi Long Madgett
7. Poems of: Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906
8. Poems of: Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
9. Poems of: Francis Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
10. Poems of: Joan Dresner Berstein

Top-40 Most Viewed Individual Pages (excluding Table of Contents pages and individual pages in the Photo Album, History & Timeline, and Poetry sections).

1. Voting Rights, Are You "Qualified" to Vote? (Literacy tests)
2. Alabama Voter Literacy Test (1965)
3. Louisiana Voter Application and Literacy Tests (1963)
4. The Other America, Martin Luther King
5. Mississippi Voter Application & Literacy Test (1955)
6. Freedom Movement Bibliography, by title
7. Alabama Voter Application Form (1965)
8. Voting Rights History ~ Two Centuries of Struggle, Bruce Hartford
9. FAQ: What were the failures of the Civil Rights Movement?
10. How it Worked in Alabama Voter registration (1965)
11. I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
12 John Lewis' speeches to the March on Washington — Original Draft & As Given
13 Southern Freedom Movement Web Links
14 For Students & Teachers
15. Bigger Than a Hamburger, Ella Baker
16. Alabama Voter Literacy Test Parts "B" and "C" (1965)
17. Freedom Movement Bibliography, by topic
18. Grenada Mississippi, 1966: Chronology of a Movement, Bruce Hartford
19. The Power of Freedom Songs, Bruce Hartford
20. The Onion Theory of Nonviolent Protest, Bruce Hartford
21. Nonviolent Resistance & Political Power, Bruce Hartford
22. About the Civil Rights Movement Veterans Website
23. FAQ: Do you think the Civil Rights Movement changed race relations in the U.S?
24. CORE's Freedom Summer 1964 — My Experiences in Louisiana, Jeff Schwartz
24. The Black Panther Symbol, An Email Discussion
26. Women, SNCC, and Stokely, An Email Dialog
27. Two Kinds of Nonviolent Resistance, Bruce Hartford
28. Example Segregation Laws (Birmingham & Montgomery, AL
29. Nonviolent Resistance, Reform & Revolution, Bruce Hartford
30. An Appeal for Human Rights (Atlanta students 1960)
31. Ghettos, Segregation, & Poverty in the 1960s, Bruce Hartford
32. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Founding Statement, 1960
33. Nonviolent Training, Bruce Hartford
34. Notes from a Nonviolent Training Session, Bruce Hartford (1963)
35. Veterans Roll Call: Bruce Hartford
36. In the Attics of My Mind, Casey Hayden
37. Neshoba Murders Case — A Chronology, Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center
38. SNCC Statement on Vietnam, 1966
39. St. Augustine Movement, 1963-1964
40. The Basis of Black Power, SNCC Position Paper, 1966

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