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  • d_z_o
    This site with strategies and techniques for academic studies may be of interest. Among other things it has a fully multilingual approach, needs more
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2006
      This site with strategies and techniques for academic studies may be
      of interest. Among other things it has a fully multilingual approach,
      needs more translations, and is open to additional languages. A great
      opportunity to get useful material online in diverse languages. DZO


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      Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 18:56:48 -0600
      From: Joe Landsberger <jfl@...>
      Reply-To: Joe Landsberger <jfl@...>
      Subject: Study Guides website update: '05 & '06
      To: dzo@...

      www.studygs.net <http://www.studygs.net/> Status ’05;
      challenges ‘06
      Studying | learning | learning with others | reading and writing
      skills | project management | test preparation | test taking | and more!
      This e-cast of my annual newsletter is sent to a distribution list
      developed over the past ten years of the website. If you have received
      this in error, please let me know. You are also welcome to forward
      this to friends and colleagues.


      Greetings!
      Year 2005 was very productive!
      * As an educational public service, Study Guides website visits
      grew 51%: 9.2 million page views/53 million hits in 2005.
      * I researched and authored seven more Guides in English;
      volunteer translators added 223 pages to translations including Arabic
      (Iraq), Chinese (PRC), Greek (Greece), Indonesian (Germany), Hebrew
      (Israel), Persian (Iran), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Argentina) and
      Vietnamese (Viet Nam)
      * See a summary of traffic Year 2005 below and the details at
      http://www.studygs.net/enews


      Plans for the Year 2006:
      * Keeping the website advertising free!
      * More translations!
      * More interactive Flash exercises to reinforce content
      * A course/content management tool (CMS: Moodle?) to
      facilitate sharing learner experiences within a constructive environment
      * A print version of the Guides (time willing…)
      * I leave my university after 29.5 years of service on Friday,
      31 March, 2006.
      I will return to supporting learners through the Study Guides website;
      through speaking and presenting at conferences; and through writing.
      That day the celebration will be marked with a benefit in St. Paul,
      Minnesota for a school and shelter for street children in Puebla,
      México: if you are interested, write and ask me more! I will also
      actively search for a non-commercial educational partner to help with
      developing and validating the website.


      Note my new e-mail address (above): info@...


      Thank you for all your support!
      And peace and blessings for the new year


      joe ///////////////educationally inclined\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
      Wisdom to discern the right path
      Courage to take it
      Discipline of joy to encounter it
      jos f landsberger;
      e-mail: info@...;
      web site: <http://www.studygs.net/> http://www.studygs.net
      telephone: 651 962 6806

      Research, author, webmaster/developer

      Here is a summary of 2005 website statistics, or metrics. Below are a
      few, but you will find more detail at http://www.studygs.net/enews

      * Traffic:
      * 9.3 million pages viewed; 53.8 million hits: increase of
      51% over the year 2004 (6.1 million page views)
      * 21.75% of visits are returning learners 1.
      * 38.9% are direct requests for the website, 27.32% through a
      Google search, 4.33% through Stumbleupon, 4.35% through Yahoo, 2.58%
      through MSN, 23% through “other.” 4.35% of visitors are through
      Saigonbao.com, VietNam where we are featured under the category of
      Tuoi Tre (Cam Nang Hoc Tap)! 1.
      * Browsers: Internet Explorer - 85%, Firefox - 12%, Safari -
      1.5%, Opera - 1.2% 1.
      * Screen resolution: 1024x768 - 55%, 800x600 - 27%, 1280x1024
      - 7%, 1280x800 - 3%, 1152x864 - 3%, 1400x1050 - 1% 1.
      * Connection speed: cable/DSL - 64%, dialup - 15%, unknown -
      14%, corporate - 7% 1.
      * Average viewing time: between 1.5 and 2 minutes (index pages
      only) 1.
      * Traffic by country/domain: Network .net, 26.30%;
      unresolved/unknown , 29.86%; commercial (.com) , 17.58%; Educational
      .edu, 2.72%; Canada .ca, 1.74%; Mexico .mx, 2.04%; United States
      .us, 1.76%; Viet Nam .vn, 1.68%; Morocco .ma, 1.29%; United Kingdom
      .uk, 1.39%; Non-Profit Organization .org, 0.92%; Australia .au, 0.78%;
      Peru .pe, 0.79%; Germany .de, 0.51%; Italy .it , 0.54%; Israel .il,
      0.40%; Malaysia .my, 0.32%; Indonesia .id, 0.29%; Turkey .tu, 0.33%;
      Brazil .br, 0.29%; US Military .mil, 0.40%; Netherlands .nl, 0.34%;
      France .fr, 0.32%; Singapore .sg, 0.42%; India .in, 0.31%; Saudi
      Arabia .sa, 0.72%; Russian Federation .ru, 0.22%; Argentina .ar,
      0.24%; Poland .pl , 0.19%; Belgium .be, 0.21% 2.

      * Traffic by 30 language folders (one day, December 1,
      2005--see website for details), often reflects number of translations
      and/or when translated/introduced: English, 68.2%; Spanish, 10.6%;
      Vietnamese, 3.8%; Arabic, 3.2%; Chinese, 2.8%; Indonesian, 1.7%;
      Hebrew, 1.5%; French, 1.4%; German, 1.0%; Portuguese, 0.8%; Russian,
      0.8%; Korean, 0.7%; Italian, 0.6%; Turkish, 0.5%; Swedish, 0.3%;
      Amharic, 0.3%; Czech, 0.3%; Croatian, 0.3%; Persian, 0.2%; Japanese,
      0.2%; Ewe, 0.2%; Luganda, 0.2%; Roumanian, 0.2%; Danish, 0.2%;
      Kiswahili, 0.1%; Melayu Manado, 0.1%; Hindi, 0.1%; Tamil, 0.1%; Kabiye
      0.1%; Greek. 2.
      * Google Search by keywords 3.
      * "Study" brings the Guides up third of 1,020,000,000 (billion!)
      * "Study + guides" second of 70,800,000 sites
      * "time management": third of 705,000,000 sites
      * "test anxiety": fifth of 12,500,000 sites
      * "ADHD": 111 out of 13,600,000; "ADHD + studying": first of
      571,000 sites
      * "Mapas mentales" (Spanish) is often the second most popular
      search term for the website(including English!) and first of 430,000
      sites

      * links to the Study Guides website:
      * 19,000 websites link to the Guides in its database
      (all search engines have differing databases of websites they draw from
      * 2,117 links are from institutions of higher education in the
      United States (.edu domain)
      * 18.27% of traffic is from .com domains

      Sources:
      1. Google Analytics
      (only reflects traffic to index pages, all languages)
      2. Webalizer (December 2005)
      3. GOOGLE Search (December 28, 2005)
      4. AltaVista (December 28, 2005)


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