We're off to Kent for our cottage holiday this year and
have booked a cottage in this area affectionately called 'The Garden of
England'. We choose Kent really because, despite living only a
few counties away, we've rather neglected this part of the UK. We
still have Bletchley Park on our shortlist, another London visit and
more ideas around the home counties, so... keep watching!
In 2012 we
enjoyed a self-catering cottage holiday in Wiltshire during June and toured
Salisbury and Stonehenge amongst others - and ventured into the New
And in what we expect
to be a resumption of our London trips we did a war themed visit to the
War and Churchill War Rooms attractions.
We have links to related tourist websites to our visits.
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So another year over and time once again to take a look at how our site
performed during 2012. First up, it's reassuring to see another
increase in site visitors generating some 312,000 page views over the
year (busiest day was 3rd June), compared to around 290,000 in
2011. Most visited pages in descending order were the Talkie-Walkie radios review
(that surprised us) followed by our home page then images index page. Of the attraction
pages, the theme parks and military related ones again proved the most
popular; these also being pretty 'sticky' with visitors generally
spending longer here than other attraction pages.
Visitors from the UK were by far and away the most
prolific followed by the US, India then Australia, with the Netherlands
the top European country to access the site. Of web browsers
used; IE, then Chrome, Firefox and Safari showed the advances made by
Chrome over 2011, back then Firefox was second to IE. But Firefox
still loaded pages the fastest of them all. The largest change
has been in mobile access, now 12 percent visit from a mobile device
with the top devices being - yes, you've guessed it - those iPads and
iPhones. But Android powered devices are gaining very rapidly,
maybe when we look at our 2013 stats in a year's time we could well see
them overtake Apple.
We were surprised to find that so little use is made of
our internal site search facility, perhaps it's because the search box
is only on selected primary pages or maybe our site's so easy to
navigate (we like to think so!) users find their way around
anyway. And finally, while we're talking about searching, of the
75 percent of visitors that land on our site after using a search
engine, what do you think is the top searched for term? Erm, yes,
once again it's 'roman orgy' - we really must remove that wording from
our sand sculptures
We have new page plans - a 'rants & raves' page and
a UK touring guide page. We're also looking to split our tourist resources page as it's become
rather bloated. And soon we plan to add a Twitter feed.
We also plan more product
reviews to compliment our smartphone,
Android apps, two way radios, digital camera, camcorder, Sat Nav and talkie walkie reviews.