According to Google there were 300,187 visits to the site in 2017. 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 six years.
We first launched our site 18 years ago in 2000. The number of visitors grew steadily until around 2013. But as you can see from the graph above, our growth since then has leveled off and begun to decline. One likely reason is that the site was originally intended for use by Movement veterans themselves, but the inevitable realities of age are now taking their toll and our numbers are dwindling. Students now form the bulk of our users and for them web traffic is increasingly being driven by social media where we are not active.
Still, for a volunteer-run, non-commercial, research-oriented, educational website with nothing for sale and absolutely no promotion budget or any kind of foundation or corporate funding, a range of 300,000 to 450,000 visits per year is nothing to sneeze at.
As you can see from the our month-by-month graph below, our traffic rises and falls with the school calendar as grade school and college students use 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 400-1500 when school is not in session). Our busiest months are usually January (MLK Day) and February (Black History Month).
Starting in the middle of 2016, we added a so that those who found the site valuable could help support it. We've used its small income for technical enhancements and some part-time data-entry help since we can no longer carry that load entirely on our own. The financial report below covers such donations but does not include the larger out-of-pocket and in-kind expenses that we cover ourselves.
CRMVET Financial Report 2017 Amount Total INCOME Donations $7,167 Lit/Book Sales $370 Total Income $7,537 EXPENSES Copying $12 Data Entry $1,193 Email Service $385 Misc $103 Printing $813 Scanning $181 Taxes $476 Transcriptions $640 Travel $1,395 Total Expenses: $5,198 SUMMARY Income: $7,537 Expenses: $5,198 Total: $2,339
In terms of content, 2017 was very good year for website. The number of stories, letters and documents continued to significantly increase. We now have 6242 searchable documents, letters, articles, ext, (excluding photos and images).
Some Rough Content Counts:
641 Veterans listed on our Roll Call (names, testimony, & contact info of Movement veterans) 263 History & Timeline Articles 423 Original articles & speeches by Movement activists 363 Stories, narratives, & oral histories by Movement activists 2827 Original Freedom Movement documents 372 Original letters & reports from the field 1552 Movement photos & art 227 Commentaries by Movement veterans 48 Transcribed discussions of Movement veterans 195 Movement-Related Poems 621 Freedom Movement books listed in the Bibliography 1291 Web Links, to other Movement websites & pages
Most Visited Sections:
* From the traffic stats it appears that people are using our site to find social justice related poems by famous Afro-American poets like Langston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Frances Harper, Sojourner Truth, and others.
1. Poems of the Freedom Movement* 2. Our Words: Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement 3. History & Timeline of the Southern Freedom Movement 4. Photo Album: Images of a Peoples Movement 5. Southern Freedom Movement Documents 6. Southern Freedom Movement Veterans Roll Call 7. Our Stories 8. Frequently Asked Questions About the Civil Rights Movement 9. Freedom Rides and Riders 10. In Our Memories They Live Forever
Most Read 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. The Year 1955 — (Montgomery Bus Boycott, Emmett Till, Baltimore Sit-Ins, etc) 7. 1965: Selma & the March to Montgomery 8. 1964: Mississippi Freedom Summer Events 9. The Year 1962 — (Greenwood, Meredith at 'Ol Miss, Jackson, etc) 10. 1964: January-June — (Civil Rights Act, St. Augustine, Hattiesburg, etc)
Most Viewed Photo Album Pages:
1. The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement 2. The Freedom Rides 3. The Children's Crusade Birmingham — 1963 4. They Say That Freedom Is a Constant Struggle 5. Young People Lead the Way 6. Mississippi Freedom Summer — 1964 7. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Hold on! Hold on! 8. We're Going to March in St. Augustine 9. Selma, Lord, Selma 10. March to Montgomery
Most Read Articles by Movement Veterans:
1. Are You Qualified to Vote? (literacy tests) a. Alabama Voter Literacy Test b. Louisiana Voter Application and Literacy Tests c. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Alabama d. Alabama Voter Application Form e. Mississippi Voter Application & Literacy Test f. Alabama Voter Literacy Test: Parts "B" and "C" g. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Georgia 2. Original Draft of John Lewis' Speech to the March on Washington 3. Voting Rights History: Two Centuries of Struggle 4. Nonviolent Training 5. Pins of the Freedom Movement 7. The Power of Freedom Songs 8. Notes from a Nonviolent Training Session (1963) 9. Grenada Mississippi – Chronology of a Movement 10. Nonviolent Resistance & Political Power
Most Read Thoughts and Commentaries by Movement Veterans:
1. Ghettos, Segregation, & Poverty in the 1960s, Bruce Hartford 2. In the Attics of My Mind, Casey Hayden 3. Call to Selma (film review), Arkansas Benton 4. A Black Man Fights the Draft, Michael Simmons 5. The Help," (film review), Casey Hayden 6. Courage Was the Key, Bruce Hartford 7. No thanks Kathryn Stockett, I don't want to be The Help (film review), Joyce Ladner 8. Political Animals Likely to Confuse History of the Movement, (TV review), Diane Nash 9. Growing Up in Harlem & Mississippi Freedom Summer, Bob Moses 10. Address to Freedom Summer 50th Commemoration, Julian Bond
Most Viewed Original Freedom Movement Documents:
1. The Other America, Martin Luther King, 1967 2. I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964 3. Bigger Than a Hamburger, Ella Baker, 1961 4. An Appeal for Human Rights, Atlanta students, 1961 5. Montgomery Bus Boycott Leaflet, 1955 6. School Desegregation Workshop Notes, Rosa Parks, 1955 7. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Founding Statement, 1960 8. The Basis of Black Power 9. Letter From Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, 1963 10. Birmingham Manifesto, 1963 11. SNCC Statement on Vietnam, 1966 12. Speech to Anti-Vietnam War Protest, Martin Luther King, 1967 13. SNCC Position Paper: Women in the Movement, 1964 14. List of Documents, Oral Histories & Interview Archives 15. Record Albums of the Freedom Movement 16. Minutes, Montgomery NAACP, Rosa Parks, 1955 17. Testimony of Fannie Lou Hamer, Democratic Convention, 1964 18. Security Handbook, Freedom Summer, 1964 19. Flyers From the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, 1965 20. Economic Bill of Rights, Martin Luther King & SCLC 21. Documents from SNCC Waveland Conference, 1964 22. Regarding Forging a Relation With Saul Alinsky, Mike Miller, SNCC. 1967 23. Demands of the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966 24. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Martin Luther King, 1967 25. Freedom Summer Orientation Briefing Vincent Harding, 1964