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In case I become unable to manage this site myself, Sabine Hartmann will take over as its manager.
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(January 1, 2012)
When I started my new website on April 12, 2006, it was meant as an experiment. I had no idea what the Internet community at large would find at all interesting. All I was sure of was that information about me and my books would not be enough. The pages would have to offer "content", and the search engines would have to dig it up before anyone would be able to reach it. Only then the website stood any chance of attracting readers who did not come for my sake.
Almost six years later the time has come to once more review a few statistics.
From April 12, 2006 to December 31, 2011, the website had 1,200,454 visitors altogether (not counting visitors returning within half an hour), that is 17-18,000 per month. This number includes c. 393,000 (33%) visits from search engine robots. The visitors came from more than 75 countries, from America to Tuvalu. In 2011, more or less as before, 60% came directly, 26% via forwarding domains (foremost was Wikipedia) and 13% via search engines. As far these these are concerned, the most striking fact is the inverse ratio between Google and Yahoo. 78% of the search engine visitors came via Google, 1% via Yahoo. But Google's robots paid only 33% percent of the search engine visits, while Yahoo's paid 63%.
In 2011, these were the operating systems used by visitors: Windows (mostly XP) 80%, MacOS 14%, Linux 5%. (Windows and Linux have been going slightly down, MacOS up.) The favorite browsers were: Mozilla/Firefox 54%, Internet Explorer 23%, Safari 19%, Opera 3%, Netscape 1%.
There are more than 1,000 webpages of text and images on the present website, equalling a few thousand pages of printed text. Most of them have been clicked at some time or the other. However, there are a few clear favorites.
In 2006, the top positions were held by the ZEIT articles on "feral children" (wildekinder1989), published in 1989, twins (zwillinge1989), also from 1989, and the excerpts from my book on battery chicken from 1983 (huehner1983)−much to my surprise, for the book had been my biggest flop, and it is clearly outdated. These items have maintained their position to this day. However, today they are almost completely eclipsed by the 'Lolita' pages added since September, 2007, both by Humbert's and Lolita's travels across the Unites States (LoUSA) and the online exhibit of 'Lolita' book covers ('Covering Lolita'). It is them that brought the surge of visits from 2008 to 2009. Other items that become statistically visible once in a while are 'Nabokov's Berlin' (nabberlin2002), the 'Berlin 1952' photo album, the Nabokov Family Web, my piece on language use in the Internet (unverbesserlichkeit2005) and my childhood recollections of the end of World War II.
The encryption of my e-mail address has been a thorough success. While my old address that had been on my previous homepage pulled up to 110 spam mails a day (the number dropped to 35 after new legislature), the new address which appears nowhere on this website has received only about a dozen a year.