PanARMENIAN.Net is undoubtedly one of the most popular Armenian news resources online – in terms of pageviews and visitor numbers, as they are defined by the Google Analytics software. One of the reasons I’m looking at it first, is the fact, that PanARMENIAN.Net is not a traditional business oriented media outlet, but rather an NGO, which is called to solve a distinct mission, described on its about page: “The main directions of activity of the organization are the establishment of a pan-Armenian common information field and adequate presentation of Armenia to the world community.”
In other words, PanARMENIAN.Net is designed to be appealing to the reader/news consumer, outside of Armenia. And indeed, there is very little information about internal politics on the news resource, and abundant coverage of Armenia’s foreign policy and the Diaspora.
PanARMENIAN.Net, Map Overlay, Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, Screenshot from Google Analytics report.
PanARMENIAN.Net, GeoMap Report, Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, Extracted from Google Analytics report.
Speaking of the web statistics and analytics, it is important to understand, that there are various concepts involved, and many of them are hard to define clearly. However, I consider pageviews (make sure to follow that link!) one of the most important indicators. Hence, the average number of daily pageviews for PanARMENIAN.Net for the duration Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, which includes the August holiday season of the web resource is equal to 12,751. However, if we remove the holiday season, we will get a more accurate daily figure: 13,524. To further finetune the results, we would have to also remove the weekends – as web attendance significantly reduces on Saturdays and Sundays, hence, the daily average of pageviews would grow even further. However, for the purposes of this short study, I will spare the effort and settle on the figures stated above. The following table represents the peak days of PanARMENIAN.Net.
|Thursday, October 11, 2007||30,519|
|Wednesday, April 25, 2007||28,050|
|Saturday, January 20, 2007||27,791|
|Friday, October 12, 2007||27,064|
|Tuesday, January 23, 2007||26,206|
|Friday, January 19, 2007||24,643|
|Monday, January 22, 2007||24,497|
|Tuesday, October 23, 2007||24,155|
|Friday, February 16, 2007||22,888|
|Sunday, May 13, 2007||22,747|
PanARMENIAN.Net, Peak Days, Pageviews for all visitors, Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, Extracted from Google Analytics report.
Another important indicator, which is however much more controversial, is the number of visits. Here PanARMENIAN.Net scores an average of 3,480 visits daily in the period of Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, and a more accurate figure of 3,653 without the holiday season. Again, the weekends, which would leave a substantially reduce the daily average figures, are not considered.
|Friday, October 12, 2007||9,792|
|Thursday, October 11, 2007||9,460|
|Friday, February 16, 2007||8,436|
|Saturday, October 13, 2007||6,834|
|Wednesday, April 25, 2007||6,731|
|Wednesday, March 21, 2007||6,387|
|Tuesday, April 24, 2007||6,372|
|Sunday, May 13, 2007||6,218|
|Tuesday, January 23, 2007||6,111|
|Tuesday, October 23, 2007||5,861|
PanARMENIAN.Net, Peak Days, Visits for all visitors, Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, Extracted from Google Analytics report.
One last list and we’ll be done with statistics – Number of Visits and Pageviews per month:
PanARMENIAN.Net, Visits and Pageviews for all visitors, Jan 1, 2007 – Nov 30, 2007, Extracted from Google Analytics report.
As I’ve noted in my earlier post, I am researching the Armenian online media hoping to find answers to the following questions:
- Is the online media in Armenia influential enough to make a difference during the upcoming election campaign.
- Is the content published in the online media substantially different from the content of the print or broadcast media in any way, and if so, will the differences be substantial enough to make them a viable competitor to the traditional media.
Hence, looking at PanARMENIAN.Net from the perspective of the first question: is the online resource under question influential enough in Armenia to make a difference during the upcoming election campaign, my response will be – No. However, it is important to also consider, that the PanARMENIAN.Net doesn’t have such an objective: influencing anything in the internal politics, and it is not even trying.
At any rate, let’s apply this simple calculation: we have an average of 13,524 pageviews daily, of which, Armenians from Armenia are only constituting the 8.55 %. Hence, we can say, that only 1,156 daily pageviews on average are generated from Armenia. Even on the peak days, such as October 11 (U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Armenian Genocide Resolution), PanARMENIAN.Net only has an estimated 2,609 pageviews from Armenia. For comparison, on the same day Aravot Daily had a print run of 4100 copies, and Haykakan Zhamanak had a print run of 5770 copies.
Coming to my second question: in case of PanARMENIAN.Net we can state without much doubt, that the content on the online news resource is generally distinctly different from traditional media, which has earned it a very specific userbase, and in many regards its specific priorities and objectives give me grounds to state, that it is not competing with the traditional print media in any way.
PS: One last point – what I really appreciate in the style of PanARMENIAN.Net’s work is their good sense of humour. Click the following eye amulet, hanging under the statistics of the news resource, and you’ll understand why:)
PS2: Next news resource on my schedule is – A1plus, make sure to check back soon, and please make suggestions on how to improve these articles.