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 number of visits, last five years.
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.
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 Income Public donations $4,797 Our contributions $4,716 TOTAL $9,513 Expenses 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 Balance $3,846
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