Where are you from?

by JDH on September 20, 2007

Today on the Buy High Sell Higher Forum a number of you have been discussing where you are all from, since where we live has some impact on our investment decisions. For example, it’s easier for Canadians to buy resource stocks on the Canadian exchanges than it is for Americans buying the same stocks using the “pink sheets”.

So just where are you all from? Fortunately, I have installed Google Analytics on this site and the forum to allow me to count the number of visitors, and gather a huge amount of other information. (ie. Big Brother is watching you). If you have a web site, you should have Google Analytics on it too, since it’s free (unless you have a problem with Big Brother Google watching everything you do).

Here’s the scoop:

This site gets around 50,000 page views per month, so compared to every other site on the internet that talks about investments, we are a very small site. In the last 30 days we have had visitors from 53 different countries (based on the IP address of the computer you use to view the site). 50% of the visitors are from Canada, and 36% are from the United States; here are the top nine countries (the rest are less than 1% each):


For you Canadians, the west coast is well represented (not surprising given the comments on the Forum); Here’s where you are from:


Here’s what it looks like on a map:


Here’s the list, by state, for Americans, of the top 15 states viewing this site:


Here’s the map (the darker the green, the higher the number of readers):


What does this prove? Two things:

First, Big Brother is watching when you are on the internet. Any website you visit knows a lot about you, so be careful out there. (More trivia: 68% of you use Internet Explorer as your browser; 22% use Firefox; 9.5% use Safari. Or how about this: here’s the chart showing what screen resolution your computer is set at what you visit; 38% of you are set at 1024 x 768).


Second, this site has a diverse readership. That’s good, because it means that the opinions expressed here are also somewhat diverse, so take what you read here, use your brain, and then make up your own mind.

And for those who are wondering, I live in Ontario, Canada, about an hour west of Toronto, I use Internet Explorer as my browser, and my screen resolution is set to 1280 x 800.

I’m still expecting more down than up over the next week or two on the markets; I’ll share my thoughts on that on Saturday. As always, thanks for reading.

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