traffic analysis: up 40% in 2011

People reading libcom

Statistics on's readership and users in 2011 - both of which have increased significantly compared with 2010.

Here are our reader and user stats from 20111. HIn summary, our reader figures have increased around 40% on 2010. A large chunk of this increase is from increased direct traffic (i.e. people typing libcom's address into their browser) and increased referrals from social networking websites, predominantly Facebook and Twitter.

We have also had the largest number of new articles ever posted, and the largest number of active users contributing articles.


Average monthly visits (annual change)
2009 - 130,585 2
2010 - 145,176 (+11%)
2011 - 207,856 (+43%)

Average monthly page views
2009 - 399,156
2010 - 425,007 (+6.5%)
2011 - 594,372 (+40%)

Average monthly unique visitors
2009 - 88,731
2010 - 95,862 (+8%)
2011 - 131,108 (+37%)

Traffic sources
For the first year ever, search engine referrals have dipped to 45% of total traffic (down from 53% last year). In absolute numbers this is still higher than previous years. The percentage is lower due to a massively increased direct traffic - 32% (up from 20%). In relative terms referral traffic fell to 22.6% (from 27%).

The biggest referring sites (excluding search engines) last year were, in descending order, with annual change in brackets:
Facebook (+ 174% including a 1480% increase from mobile Facebook)
Wikipedia (-11%) (+225%) (+8%)
Twitter (+400%)

This reflects changes in Wikipedia deleting more articles and restricting ability to edit articles (and possibly reduced traffic to Wikipedia), and also our increased use of Facebook and Twitter in the past few months.


For the second year running, we have surpassed the largest number of new articles posted ever on libcom.

New articles per year
Articles posted 2011: over 2167 3
Articles posted 2010: over 1896
Articles posted 2009: 1558
Articles posted 2008: 1017
Articles posted 2007: 1225
Articles posted 2006: 1991 4
Articles posted 2005: 1867 5
Articles posted 2004: 75

Total users who've ever posted one or more comments:
4533 (up from 3765 last year)

Total number of users who've posted articles
481 (380)

Number of users who have posted articles per year:
2011: 196
2010: 180
2009: 133
2008: 158
2007: 73
2006: 70
2005: 67
2004: 14

Total articles:

Total comments:

User comments posted per year:
Comments in 2011: 45945
Comments in 2010: 48802
Comments in 2009: 45728
Comments in 2008: 59144
Comments in 2007: 98942
Comments in 2006: 80823
Comments in 2005: 42210
Comments in 2004: 11267

Social networking

Facebook likes
end 2010 ~10006
end 2011 4373

Twitter followers
end 2010 ~8007
end 2011 2050

We hope that our readers find some of this information useful.

Thanks very much to all of our readers, to those who have shared libcom articles on other websites, and especially to our users who have contributed content.

We hope to do some comparative analysis with other radical websites shortly.

If there is anything else people would like to know about the figures please ask in the comment section below.

Happy New Year everyone!

  • 1. Different stats systems measure traffic in very different ways. So two different systems can give wildly different results. Our system excludes all bots, and only counts real visits by people.
  • 2. This is the first year comparable statistics were available
  • 3. Counted on December 28
  • 4. CPE + Endpage + copying over articles from news + history that weren't imported into Drupal
  • 5. same as 2006, also we might have added the old news around then
  • 6. Not an exact figure but an estimate. The last exact figure was 1500 in May 2010
  • 7. Not an exact figure but a figure from memory

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Dec 30 2011 16:36


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Mar 9 2012 11:32
Serge Forward wrote:
Tis true. Libcom often did get a bit snowed under with all sorts of nastiness. It's much nicer since I've come back... er... so if the tone suddenly drops again... embarrassed

Yeah, I have to say that libcom is way better than it used to be. So kudos to the admin's.

Also, I stopped posting around the same time as Serge (2006/7ish) and what finally pushed me off the site were not as Steven says 'losing debates on national liberation and the unions', it was what Serge calls the 'nastiness'. More specifically what pushed me (and sovietpop who was the driving force behind setting up ABC) over the edge were the RAG threads in October-December 2006. Now thats nearly six years ago so I don't expect anyone to remember and I expect almost as few to care.

So yeah well done to the admins - libcom is way better than it used to be.

Mar 9 2012 11:41

Thanks for your comments George. I don't recall reading the Rag threads myself, so not sure what happened on them.

In terms of the nastiness/national liberation I wasn't referring to you here, it was more of a general point. Some of the nastiest posting at the time was actually from NEFAC people, who also decamped to ABC at the same time, so it wasn't just a one-way street. Anyway, as you say this was nearly 6 years ago now, when all of us were a lot younger and a fair bit more fiery so not worth dwelling on I don't think.

mikail firtinaci
Mar 9 2012 17:13

thanks Steven.

steve y
Jun 9 2012 09:04

Here is a relative outsiders' view. I know the last contribution was March 9, about the time I started reading libcom for hours everyday: what a study resource centre! The history of views in this discussion was also very enlightening.

However, I want to say thanks to all contributors, especially admin, who have put so much work into production of the site, and the constant re-making of it in a format that, more than any other source, enabled me to see a serious revolutionary side of anarchism, which considering my Trot past and the popular/media distortions, had blinkered me from libertarian revolutionaries for far too long.

Libcom caused me to join both the Anarchist Federation and Solidarity Federation simultaneously in April, and I don't regret it for an instant. I hope to make contributions to libcom that will further strengthen its seriousness and influence as a revolutionary libertarian resource. Well done libcom!

solid - stevey

Jun 9 2012 13:30

Cheers mate!