Saturday, May 22, 2010

The browsers that people use to visit your site depends upon the site contents

Many people argue about which browser has the biggest share of the market. It seems that the consensus is that a few years ago Internet Explorer (IE)  was the dominant browser with well over 90% of users using it to browse the internet. In recent years however, this share seems to have been eaten away by the growth in usage for Firefox, Safari and more recently Google Chrome.  However, it is very hard to get definitive figures because everyone's data seems to give different results.

I publish two different blogs. On this blog I write about topics of interest to geeks like myself and on another blog I write about a girls soccer team that I coach - which has probably a more "typical" set of readers. I decided to look at the reader statistics collected by Google Analytics for the last three months for both of these sites. Both sites received slightly over a thousand visitors in the last three month - a very small number in internet terms, but still enough to draw some conclusions. As you can see from the following table there is a bug difference between the percentage of people using Firefox and Internet Explorer on each site:

Browser Site 
Firefox 67.75% 31.95% 35.8%
IE 16.30% 45.29% -28.99%
Chrome 8.30% 6.44%   1.86%
Safari 5.27% 15.86% -10.59%
Other 2.38% 0.46%   1.92%

I guess that people interested in the geeky topics discussed on my regular blog are more likely to be well informed on the merits of various browsers.This group seem to have opted mostly for Firefox, while the readers of the soccer news are more likely to choose Internet Explorer for the simple reason that it is the default on their Windows system. I am not sure why Safari is more popular than Chrome among soccer fans - maybe they are more likely to use a Macintosh or an iPhone, but maybe it is just pure chance because as I said the sample size is not huge.

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