This past week I received some inquiries and comments regarding the traffic coming to the ChemSpider Site. It was commented that it was not possible to compare eMolecules traffic and ChemSpider traffic on Compete. I confirmed this and have now registered ChemSpider so that this should be possible in the future. There are many Analytics tools out there to measure traffic at a site. We use Weblog Expert at our site for our internal analytics tool. The plot below shows a fairly linear growth in the number of unique visitors to the ChemSpider site since we went live on March 27th, just in time for the Spring ACS.
The geographical distribution of visitors is actually quite surprising. Until recently the UK was actually the most popular visiting country but the US visits increased dramatically when we integrated the announcement regarding the Patent Searching went online. What is quite surprising is the low number of visitors from Germany, China and India. Based on my previous experiences in the chemoinformatics world I would expect Germany to be much HIGHER and certainly there should be increased traffic from India. That said, India wasn’t even on the list a week ago and is growing now as the message spreads. If any of you can help spread the message outside of the USA please do!
Addressing the original statement about being unable to compare stats on www.compete.com I’ve shown the geographical traffic ranks for eMolecules. Clearly there are a lot more countries for ChemSpider to provide value to! Hopefully our penetration will increase with time.
Interestingly, there are also all types of rumors about the validity of Alexa but Alexa challenge this. It’s difficult to know what’s right so what’s reported here is simply what’s given online. What we are happy to report is an ongoing growth in the usage of the system. It validates our efforts.