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Is there a reliable source for the latest number of page-views stackoverflow.com receives (not the Stack Exchange network, just that site)?

I need a source that I can cite on my research paper.

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Perhaps the most accurate figure would be the one reported by Stack exchange itself.

For example, SO currently reports 5.5 million visits per day:

(Click for larger image) SO traffic stats


So, that would be roughly `5.5 * 365.25 / 12`, or 167 million visits per month. ***Caution:*** Stack Exchange reports "median" figures!? Median can be misleading for stats like this, as opposed to the *mean* or *average*.

Also note that sites link Quantcast, Alexis, and even Google analytics are blocked by many user's Adblock and script-blocking extensions. (The reported stats never agree with my server logs.)

See, also: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/166074/google-analytics-and-quantcast-seem-to-disagree-rather-wildly-on-traffic-numbers

Update: At last report (3 years ago), Jeff said that SE's traffic stats come from the Google Analytics API.

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  • Note, at some point recently SO removed Traffic as a sort option. I think they wanted to hide the fact the site is seeing reduced traffic lately as it could be embarrassing.
    – TylerH
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 21:29
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You can find aggregate traffic statistics for all Stack Exchange sites on Quantcast.

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  • This link appears to be dead.
    – TylerH
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 21:30
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Here I introduce reliable statistics on quarterly # of pageviews per tag and question:

Source: Taking the archives that Stack Overflow produces quarterly - and doing the math between quarters.

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    Impressive blog post. Good work. Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 19:00
  • Much of the visual data (charts, etc.) in this blog post appear to be broken. Good reason to use embedded images, instead.
    – TylerH
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 21:31

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