Wow! When I checked my stats this morning, I was amazed to find a huge spike in all the statistics:
- Visits up 33%
- page views up 166%
- hits up 54%
- bandwidth usage up 315%
All compared to the day before. Looking through my apache logs, I can see that most of this was real visits. Most of the user agents were browsers, and all the images were being requested which crawlers don’t usually do.
I can only put this down to the search engine friendly URLs which went in on Saturday evening. That gave Google and the other search engines a couple of days to get the data into the databases; and bingo! I must have moved up the rankings!
I’m going to monitor it for the next few days and see what develops.