What the Woopra Birdy Tells Me About Blogs and Browsers

I learned a few interesting things about the focus, target audience, readers and browsers. It seems there is a bit of geek in many that visit the lab. That is understandable. I’d be surprised if there was anyone reading here that didn’t have the geek gene.

It is a tech blog for real estate bloggers. If you are a WordPress blogger and not involved in the real estate world there is still plenty of valuable information for you in the Lab.

However, for someone looking to buy or sell real estate. This is the wrong house. You want the place next door. This is the IT dept.

Back To The Woopra Birdy

Let me show you two quick snap shots which say more than all the words I can type.

Browsers Used to Visit The Lab

Browsers Used to Visit The Lab

As you can see FireFox 3 is the clear winner in the BROWSERS USED BY GEEKS Category.

Browsers Used by Visitors to Tucson Real Estate Blog

Browsers Used by Visitors to Tucson Real Estate Blog

What do you think this tells me about the Browser I had better be paying attention to for the Tucson Real Estate Blog?

If your blog is targeting those primarily not born with the geek gene, like it or not, you need to pay attention to Internet Explorer.

I hear the collective groaning going on right now.   I know, you don’t like IE, it grates like finger nails on a chalk board to those of us with the geek gene.   But look, Those numbers don’t lie.   If you blog looks great in FireFox but the navigation and formatting are a mess in IE what is that saying to those who land on your blog for information about your local real estate market?

More important what does it say about your attention to detail and the experience you are creating for them?

We can blog everyday with great content, but if it looks like your blog threw up on the screen,   your readers will leave.


  1. When will we have some standards in the browser community? Every time we seem to get close, Microsoft goes and screws things up again!

    FF is by far my choice, but here I sit typing this comment to you Dave – using IE7. Yuck!

    But, I am forced to use both on a daily basis just to keep an eye on my sites and other things on the Web. Perhaps that IS THE master plan by Microsoft “If you can’t win, than make an inferior product for the masses and the Webmasters will be forced to use us too”?

    I just can’t get my head around why they don’t all render the same… it would be an easy fix after all.

  2. Those graphs show so much-thanks for driving your point home!

    Meg Zoller-Houston Realtor ´s last blog post..Houston Realtor Defined!

  3. Great point to remind us to watch our stats from multiple platforms to see who our main audience is and how to cater to them

    Scott Patterson-South Florida Realtor ´s last blog post..Porto-Vita Aventura Florida

  4. @Matt Pellerin – LOL, we do have standards called W3C. But Microsoft being the Big Dog in the park does what is best for them and their products. They have gotten better, but there is still a ways to go.

    And since many developers design their sites and products to work with Microsoft it is a browser we all have to be sure our stuff works with even if it grates.

  5. Dave: Great site. I have been jammed up by firefox. It would wreak my site. My site was perfect in IE.
    Firefox will not see links nested in tables inside a table.
    Firefox wants “title”, used for image alt tags not “alt”
    I can go on and on. You must use “px” sizes in your head style sheet for ” h” tags. I could go on and on.
    I really am a broker and builder who has developed his own site. I will dig though your blog and learn ideas.

  6. This may be good news to ya Dave, this source has Firefox double that of I.E. And, I consider W3 Schools a reliable source. 😉 I read your blog and was tweeted the chart yesterday. Thought I’d pass it along.

    Colleen Lane ´s last blog post..MSNBC, 2009 Tri-Cities Real Estate Prediction

  7. @Colleen Lane – Sorry, but these “statistics” are of no real value, because of the source.

    The site is for people seeking out alternative browsers. This will skew the data as they point out themselves at the bottom of the table.

    “W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers.

    These facts indicate that the browser figures above are not 100% realistic. Other web sites have statistics showing that Internet Explorer is used by at least 80% of the users.

    Anyway, our data, collected from W3Schools’ log-files, over a five year period, clearly shows the long and medium-term trends.”

    They did a responsible job by saying what the source of the data pull was and that most general statistics still show that 80% are using IE. This stat pretty much what I see on the business blogs that non-technical users tend to access.

  8. The saying “picture is worth a thousand words” applies here. I use firefox and would not have bet it was #1 in any category. Perhaps microsoft’s grip is slipping!

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  9. Yikes Dave! You’re right, sorry I missed the explanation at the bottom. That page was tweeted as a new trend, however, I didn’t read all the way to the bottom. 🙂

    Colleen Lane ´s last blog post..MSNBC, 2009 Tri-Cities Real Estate Prediction

  10. Dave, I keep an eye on this in Analytics and IE is by far the top browser for users of my site. I personally use FF simply because of the add-ons that are available.

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