Several times every year, I wake up, check our traffic stats and think, “YIKES!!” I’m looking a drop of 40% to 50% in our overnight traffic.
Why? Because on those days, India is on holiday.
The number of visitors to ostraining.com has grown every year, but traffic from India has grown many times faster than traffic from anywhere else.
Let me pull some stats from Google Analytics to show you the growth.
Back in 2010, traffic to ostraining.com from India was about equal to traffic from the UK:
Fast forward 5 years, and traffic from India has almost doubled to 10.6%, while traffic from the UK is flat at 5.5%.
Back in 2010, only one Indian city was in our list of top 10 visitor locations:
Now in 2015, that has risen to 3 Indian cities:
Checking our YouTube account, there’s a similar change between 2011 (as far back as our YouTube stats will) go and 2015.
Back in 2011, India was only 6.4% of our YouTube subscribers, again on par with the UK.
Now in 2015 India is sends over twice as many visitors to our YouTube channel.
The statistics on our Facebook account are even more heavily skewed, with over 50% of our fans from India. I’m skeptical of those numbers because Facebook is overrun with fake followers.
But, there’s definitely some truth behind those numbers. After all, India is second only to the US in terms of the number of Facebook users.
It’s not just OSTraining that’s feeling the importance of Indian involvement. I went to Drupal.org recently and 3 of the most popular 5 topics were from India.
Conferences are heading to India too. The Joomla World Conference is in Bangalore in November this year: http://conference.joomla.org/
DrupalCon is going to Mumbai in February, 2016: https://events.drupal.org/asia2016
There’s a good chance that Mumbai is a very good choice for DrupalCon. Did you see the turnout for WordCamp Mumbai earlier this year?
I fully expect India to surpass the United States as our major source of traffic. Will they ever become our major source of customers or revenue? That day may be much further away.
But we should all expect to see India playing an increasingly important role in our tech communities.