Voices from Russia

Thursday, 23 June 2011

22 June 2011. A Peek Behind the Curtain… With Objective Outside Third-Party Verification…

Filed under: Canada,Christian,internet,Orthodox life,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Let the Sun Shine In

Daniel Techie

undated

The truth will set you free… but in order for it to do so, you must be willing to listen to it, and to act once you know the truth. Shall you pay the cost? The decision IS yours..

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Both oca.org and ocanews.org continue their slide into irrelevancy. Let’s look at “frequency” for VFR and for oca.org and ocanews.org. “Frequency” means precisely what it sounds like, it’s how often the readers of a site log on to it. An “addict” is someone who logs on daily, a “regular” logs on more than once a month, and a “passer-by” only logs on once a month. Here are the latest graphs:

oca.org

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ocanews.org

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Voices from Russia

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The higher the number of addicts one has, the more one is “preaching to the choir”, and the more that one’s site has a stagnant readership. Let’s see, here’s how the sites stack up:

1.   ocanews.org                   76 percent
2.   oca.org                               31 percent
3.   Voices from Russia   <1 percent

There’s no room for growth in ocanews.org, and little more in oca.org. As far as VFR is concerned, it’s not preaching to the converted, it’s got the greatest potential for growth of the three sites.

Here’s how the sites stack up as far as percentage of visits by addicts go:

1.   ocanews.org                   97 percent
2.   oca.org                               86 percent
3.   Voices from Russia         2 percent

Wow… Stokoe’s site is still sclerotic… oca.org is hardly better… but VFR still keeps reaching a more diverse audience.

If we add “regulars” to addicts to get an idea of the “committed readership”, one finds the following:

ocanews.org                   97 percent
oca.org                               80 percent
Voices from Russia   18 percent 

The percentage of hits by the “committed readership” is as follows:

1. ocanews.org                    99 percent
2. oca.org                                98 percent
3. Voices from Russia    42 percent         

The oca.org and ocanews.org figures speak for themselves… they’re on life-support, kids… is it time to pull the plug on them?

This being the summer, it means that all websites are having lower readership levels than in the autumn and winter. It’s the nature of the beast… in spring, the number of hits taper off, and it hits a bottom point in early to mid-June, where it stays until mid-August. Here’s the VFR site map for the last two years… it illustrates my point abundantly:

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It’s quite similar to other websites, so, I shan’t bore you with a detailed dog n’ pony show. The number of hits varies not only with the season, but also with whether there’s any “newsy” news out there. Let’s look at the daily readership graphs for the three sites for the last 90 days available:

ocanews.org

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oca.org

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VFR readership levels have reached their lowest point, and they’re on their way up again. If you ignore the two atypical spikes in the graph, it’s obvious that VFR daily readership hit a point about a third below its early spring peak. You’ll note that there’s a dip in readership on VFR on weekends… this is normal and I expect it. You’ll see that ocanews.org is under 50 percent of its peak, and oca.org dipped 30 percent below peak, but recovered to 20 percent below peak.

To get a better handle on the current status of these outlets, let’s look at the 30-day trend in daily readership on the sites:

ocanews.org

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oca.org

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Voices from Russia

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You’ll see that VFR is trending upwards at the end of the graph. Over the last 30 days, daily readership has dipped 10 percent on VFR (with a upward trend at present), 30 percent on ocanews.org (with a downward trend), and 15 percent on oca.org (with an upward trend). All three sites have dipped, but VFR has dipped the least, and recovered faster.

The demographic information in the following section comes from:

http://www.quantcast.com/02varvara.wordpress.com

http://www.quantcast.com/oca.org

http://www.quantcast.com/ocanews.org

1. Demographics A, ocanews.org:

58% Male 119
42% Female  81
28% 18-34  94
30% 35-49 109
38% 50+ 159
94% Caucasian 121
3% Black 38
1% Asian 12
1% Hispanic 14
1% Other 59

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2. Demographics A, oca.org:

49% Male 100
51% Female 99
27% 18-34 93
31% 35-49 112
33% 50+ 141
90% Caucasian 116
5% Black 56
1% Asian 28
2% Hispanic 29
1% Other 96

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3. Demographics A, Voices from Russia:

54% Male 111
46% Female 88
24% 18-34 81
33% 35-49 118
34% 50+ 145
84% Caucasian 108
6% Black 66
3% Asian 78
5% Hispanic 59
1% Other 101

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The sites have fairly even levels in gender distribution and age levels… so let’s look at how the readership stacks up in racial composition (as compared to the internet average):

A. Caucasian Readership:

1. ocanews.org                         121
2. oca.org                                     116
3. Voices from Russia        108

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B. Black Readership:

1.   Voices from Russia             66
2.   oca.org                                       56
3.   ocanews.org                           38

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C. Asian Readership:

1.   Voices from Russia        78
2.   oca.org                           28
3.   ocanews.org                   12

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D. Hispanic Readership:

1.  Voices from Russia     59
2.   oca.org                               29
3.   ocanews.org                   14

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E. “Other” Readership (mainly Alaska Native people):

1.   Voices from Russia        101
2.   oca.org                                       96
3.   ocanews.org                           59

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There it is, in solid figures… VFR has the most diverse readership of the lot… ocanews.org is the most “lily-white”… that’s probably due to the high level of childish Episkie konvertsy who log onto it. Now, let’s look at education and income levels in demographics:

1. Demographics B, ocanews.org:

92% No Kids 0-17 155
8% Has Kids 0-17 20
22% $0-30k 121
66% $30-60k 249
7% $60-100k 26
5% $100k+ 17
18% No College 39
31% College 75
51% Graduate School 355

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2. Demographics B, oca.org:

75% No Kids 0-17 127
25% Has Kids 0-17 60
24% $0-30k 135
37% $30-60k 140
24% $60-100k 84
15% $100k+ 53
26% No College 57
38% College 93
36% Graduate School 251

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3. Demographics B, Voices from Russia:

73% No Kids 0-17 123
27% Has Kids 0-17 66
17% $0-30k 92
23% $30-60k 86
27% $60-100k 97
33% $100k+ 120
34% No College 76
44% College 107
22% Graduate School 153

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Let’s see how the sites compare (as compared to the internet average):

A. Kids Under 17:

1. Voices from Russia                  66
2. oca.org                                               60
3. ocanews.org                                   20

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B. No Kids Under 17:

1.   ocanews.org   155
2.   oca.org   127
3.  Voices from Russia   120

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C. <30,000 USD (>850,000 Roubles >21,000 Euros >17,500 UK Pounds) Annual Income

1.   oca.org                                           135
2.   ocanews.org                             121
3.   Voices from Russia                 92

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D. 30,000-60,000 USD (850,000-1.7 million Roubles 21,000-42,000 Euros 18,500-37,000 UK Pounds) Annual Income

1.   ocanews.org                               249
2.   oca.org                                           140
3.   Voices from Russia                     86

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E. 60,000-100,000 USD (1.7-2.8 million Roubles 42,000-70,000 Euros 37,000-62,000 UK Pounds) Annual Income

1.   Voices from Russia        97
2.   oca.org                           84
3.   ocanews.org                   26

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F. >100,000 USD (>2.8 million Roubles >70,000 Euros >62,000 UK Pounds) Annual Income

1.   Voices from Russia                  120
2.   oca.org                                      53
3.   ocanews.org                              17

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G. No College

1.   Voices from Russia                  76
2.   oca.org                                    57
3.   ocanews.org                            39

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H. College

1.   Voices from Russia                  107
2.   oca.org                                      93
3.   ocanews.org                              75

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I. Graduate School

1.   ocanews.org                            355
2.   oca.org                                     251
3.   Voices from Russia                  153

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It’s interesting… both oca.org and ocaanew.org have a preponderance of their readership with incomes below 60K per annum, whilst VFR is the opposite. Interestingly enough, both oca.org and ocanews.org have much higher levels of Graduate School attendees… that means clergy. Moderate income and high education can mean nothing else. That’s to say, both sites are overly hyperclerical and priest-ridden. Indeed, a geeky friend of mine informs me that the readership levels may be even lower for these sites because clergymen access these sites using both their parish computers and home machines, so, rating services count their “cookies” twice (inflating the numbers for oca.org and ocanews.org), in consequence. In short, the laity… who’re seeking information elsewhere… have abandoned oca.org and ocanews.org. The cold facts tell the story… you can call me all the nasty names that you want to… the reality indicates that the Church is “broken”… and it’s in dire need of repair. This information only nails that conclusion down as tight as is humanly possible.

Two of the most loud and most stuck-up sources have readerships of less than 2,000 per month. That is, I’m speaking of SVS’s official website and a Uniate travesty entitled Byzantine Texas. Sources inform me that they’re quite similar to ocanews.org in having a small, highly-fanatical, readership that tends to log on daily, if not more often. That is, such a site could attract over 50,000-60,000 “hits” per month, with each reader logging in on an average of 30 to 40 times per month. They’re preaching to a small and unrepresentative choir… if they had over 2,000 “readers” or “cookies” per month, outside services could provide a reasonable estimate of their readership and demographics. They don’t generate enough traffic to generate usable information. In short, they’re internet will o’ the wisps. Look at the Quantcast pages below… there’s not enough information for them to give us even an estimate of these sites. DON’T BE FOOLED BY FANCY SITES… they often are nothing but internet phantasms.

http://www.quantcast.com/www.svots.edu

http://www.quantcast.com/byztex.blogspot.com

It’s not boring in the real world… that’s what I cover, and that’s why I believe that people come here. Keep in mind that all the figures presented to you here are from an independent third-party source. Reflect well that Stokoe, Syosset, SVS, “Josephus Flavius”, Whiteford, and Hannes Jacobses refuse to release righteous verifiable outside figures on their sites (don’t trust ANY internally-produced figures… it’s all too easy to cook the cyber-books)… they haven’t in the past… they don’t now… and they shall refuse to do so until they go the way of all flesh. There’s a crisis of confidence in the contemporary Russian Orthodox Church in the USA… no one believes Syosset… no one believes Jordanville… no one believes SVS… no one believes JP, Lebedeff, Stokoe, or Potapov. That’s what these figures tell us. As I wrote a friend recently about the political crisis in the USA:

Why doesn’t he just resign? He’s a poster boy, along with Newt, of how the two parties have failed us. True… Newt’s far WORSE, serving divorce papers on a spouse sick with cancer is REPREHENSIBLE… Weiner’s merely crass and perverse. Nevertheless, both these men illustrate why NO ONE trusts either major party today. If a new party like the NDP were to rise in the USA, it’d sweep the boards clean. Why must we live in INTERESTING TIMES? I understand why the Chinese consider them a curse. God do have mercy on us all. If the society’s crank, it does go a long way in explaining the crookness in the Church, doesn’t it?

My friend’s reply was simple:

It sure does!

We have a Church to rebuild… but first the tottering and rotting present edifice has to fall of its own weight. You can do your part… send them no money. That will hasten the end… that will hasten the day when we can start to rebuild.

Let that day come soon…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 23 June 2011

Albany NY

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