CFN Traffic Up 46% in 2014 Thanks to Our Viewers – Thoughts and Numbers by Jamie Gilcig SPECIAL AD OFFER

CFN Panic Button 2013-05-13CORNWALL Ontario – 2014 was a weird mixed bag of a year.  Here on CFN we increased our market share while growing our over all numbers, an interesting achievement.

Big changes in our city thanks to CFN viewers forcing out one of the most corrupt Mayor’s in Ontario history along with three of his cronies were big news and something we can all be proud of in a day when so many people feel that their vote doesn’t count.


CFN 2014 Numbers

19,263,174 million human page views is something I’m very proud of for CFN and for our community. Imagine that much traffic from a struggling Independent Gonzo Online Newspaper enduring the third year of a conspiratal and corrupt boycott with little to no budget or support?

I would challenge the Freeholder, Seaway News, and Seeker to publish their real raw numbers as we do. Of course it’s easier for members of some of those orgs to simply hang out in the local facebook hate group than simply do that.  I get it.

In December we nearly pulled of a Hat Trick.  We hit our second highest month ever for Unique Visitors and Human Viewed Pages.  We did set a record for Number of visits.   While some people complain about CFN it does seem that Cornwall reads us, daily, with over half of the city reading us at least once per month.

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I think that’s a great meme and something that should cause many to ponder.  While one person can make a difference numbers make that task a lot easier.

A few interesting experiments were conducted this past few months.  One, when I cut back my hours by nearly half our traffic did drop.   We filled in with other content, but apparently some of our viewers actually want to read what I write.

The other was a social experiment on good and bad news.  We ran two stories with equal templates.   During the same 24 hour period   The traffic was 6 to 1 for the story about the dirtiest restaurant in Cornwall vs the cleanest.   While not surprising it’s always interesting.

The biggest stories this year locally were of course our election where Bob Kilger fell after two terms.

Brock Frost Council DEC 8 2014Sadly Brock Frost buying a hockey team to get elected and then being exposed to the point where out of desperation he accused yours truly of making sexual advances on him and then of somehow physically going after him is second.

Brock has been like Rob Ford without character, substance, or integrity.  He’s going to be the gift that keeps giving to our City Council as the lawsuits against him start to mount.  He might even get the Gilles Latour Award for 2015!

Speaking of Mr. Latour, he shined darkly as he was arrested and I’ve run out of fingers and toes to count the amount of charges he’s received to date.

Relax it's just a rink

This meme from funnyman Mark Vincent pretty much sums up a story that went National at Christmas as Glen Grant and another councilor have attempted to game the system to have a family ice rink pulled down.

Laura Vincent initial appeal to Murphy DEC 22 2014 FB

That was the first plea for help from the Vincent family. Straight to Councilor David Murphy’s facebook page, but no mention in any other media about the finger prints of former Councilor Grant and what most likely is current councilor Elaine MacDonald.  (Mark MacDonald has come out in support of the rink)

All this over a few pegs planted about 4-6 inches into the ground in front of their property which usually would be covered with snow from City plows as they live on a curve on a crescent.

While few expect the city to actually have a crew show up on the 5th of January they have not communicated that to the family who are stressed out about what will happen while they’re  at work or school.

Of course my getting arrested for making threatening phone calls to a dead beat client who eventually had to pay up in court, and that Bell Telephone have stated in a production order that  I did not make was news across Cornwall news media.  Mostly to trumpet my arrest.   Sadly because of what in my opinion is petty corruption from Queen’s Park my charges have not been dropped as the case has gone through two crown’s to date. Kinda sends a cool message though for struggling businesses.  Don’t pay your bills.  Just call the police and say you were threatened. They’ll fix the vendor without any proof.  Genius, no?

Lift Off, which CFN was a sponsor of this year, had a bit of a revival.  We’re not sure if there will be a 21st edition of the balloon fest.  I’ve offered to help again, but this being Cornwall a professional reply has yet to be received.

chem tanks ball park april 2014The Chem Tanks and Mysterious secret negotiations withe Federal Government over our toxic shoreline and Habour lands was front and centre this year as well.  The city is still covering up Economic Developments role in keeping secret the Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. deal from council and the public.    Is there really some secret plan to have our waterfront re-Industrialize?

As we enter what will be my final year as Managing Editor of CFN it should be interesting how things play out.  Hopefully our large market share will result in the completion of a sale of Cornwall’s most read newspaper.  And hopefully that new ownership will remain committed to the community because the media have changed since CFN started in 2009.  We have seen countless “innovations” by our competitors lifted from our pages.

Six years is a long time to maintain the amount of work that I have.  As Claude McIntosh once made fun of in a column, I have to do a lot of jobs in this tiny newspaper with the biggest local audience.

As a matter of fact our viewers will have a say in what our budget will be this year.  It’s that time to hit you guys up for Subscription donations so we can finalize our 2015 budget.


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And now for our 2014 numbers from our Google Analyticator!

Top 25 City Visits For 2014

(via Google Analytics – all cities in Ontario unless otherwise noted)

1) Cornwall 43.86%  Pages per session 4.68 Avg time per session 2.28 minutes 8,448,828 human page views.

2)  Montreal 9.46%

3) Ottawa 8.90%

4) Toronto

5) Kingston

6) Brockville

7) Gatineau QC

8.) Calgary AB

9) Mississauga

10)  Morrisburg

 11) Vancouver BC

12) Edmonton AB

13)  London

13) Hamilton

14) Guelph

15)  Arnprior

16) Alexandria

17) Peterborough

18) Windsor

19) Belleville

20) New York, NY

21)  Prescott

22) Barrie

23) Clarence – Rockland

24) Hawkesbury

25) Brampton MB

Pages per Session


Average Session Duration

1.58 minutes

32.64% of our viewers do so via their mobile units

14.00% do so from their tablets

35.82% of mobile users are on their iPhones (Apple doesn’t view Flash that some sites use)

24.932 are on their iPads


Demographics wise CFN seems to be drawing in  Women between the ages of 35-64 slightly more than men or younger people.   That’s interesting.  That should be interesting to the advertisers that boycott us.

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Thanks to everyone for a busy and…um…erm…interesting 2014!

We hope to keep growing as we have the last several years!


  1. Congratulations Jamie CFN is the best newspaper in Cornwall

  2. Congrats on the numbers being up.

    Others (Freeholder, Seaway News, and Seeker) not releasing their numbers….it may be due to two of them being owned by larger corporations and the big bosses not wanting the numbers out.

    Experiments…I did notice that you published less articles recently. In regard to clean / dirty restaurants….I think we just want to know our restaurants are safe to eat in. Can this be defined by being “clean” or “dirty?”

    Brock Frost….Need I say more? But he has been very quiet lately. Maybe he’s figured out (or taken aside and told) what it is to be a city councillor (I wish spell check would make up its mind how it wants that word spelled).

    Gilles Latour….an ongoing saga, as I fear Brock Frost will be (but hope not, as I’ve had enough of both Latour and Frost).

    The “rink”….we’ll see who blinks first.

    Your charges…..another continuing saga, that really doesn’t need to continue.

    Lift-Off has announced dates for 2015. I guess we’ll see if it actually happens.

    The tanks….they’re in the ground. They aren’t going anywhere soon.

    Final year with you as Managing Editor (and doer of all I feel) of CFN….I hope not. I feel someone may buy CFN just to silence it and shut it down.

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    Hugger that would be a big reason why the public should show their support now with their pocket books. They can click the paypal button and do interact transfers. We need to hire some help for me.

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    And thanks to the first subscriber after we wrote this story today. Now if the Kaneb’s and Benson’s can show some support….. 😉

  5. Happy New-Year CFN,

    Rather impressive statistics for an on-line newspaper that no one reads, lol ….

  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR JAMIE AND FOLKS! BONNE ET JOYEUSE ANNEE A TOUS! Jamie you have worked so mighty hard and you deserve the good credit for all what you have put into CFN and it is the number 1 newspaper in Cornwall and that is the truth. No corporate “toilet paper of record” can compete with you because you tell it like it is and they are hiding the truth from the people and this is the entire truth that I am telling all of you. Jamie you have exposed a lot of them and I always keep my promises like I said and you can call me what you wish I already wear the name WACKY and love it. Well we cannot all be completely normal because nobody ever is and if they think they are then it is then that they have a real problem. LOL LOL. I cannot send you enough good wishes as usual and all the very best and keep up the great work.

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    Hi Jules,

    Thanks and Happy New Year to you and the family. Health and Joy for 2015!

  8. Thank you very much Jamie and I came to the best newspaper in Cornwall and surrounding areas – CFN and I feel that we are a kind of a family here and that is the truth. All the very best to you Jamie, to your family and to your animals and yes good health is the most important of all.

    Happy New Year Jamie and I hope that this year that things will improve for CFN because there is no other paper like it and you are the very best. Keep in good health and good spirits as usual. There is no price for good health and happiness comes from within – no wonder I am so wackie. LOL LOL.

  9. Obviously, even by this comment (even mine), everybody wants to catch the scoops but no one wants to catch the poops.

    Others would read yours then verify (maybe)to create there own more ‘sterile’ headlines as not to ruffle feathers and lose subscriptions.

    Don’t give up Jamie, as long as their is a breath in your body.

    All the best for the News Year.

  10. Mr Jamie:
    If St Lawrence College Journalism course is dead or dying
    would you get more help?
    If memory serves me, it seemed, students were not allowed to work or even intern for CFN.

  11. It would be a shame if the city insists on the letter of the law rather than the spirit.

    This only invites someone to demand similar strictness with respect to the many stakes and signs that are posted on city property which carry logos and advertise the name and number, or web address, for snow removal services.

    This signage exceeds any functional requirement of these eyesores and contravenes at least 2 city by-laws.

    These stakes and signs would be an impediment to fire crews laying and dragging hoses to fight fires. They are also eyesores that are posted far too early and taken down (weatherworn) far too late in the year considering their purpose.

    Perhaps in the name of fairness and equal application of the law Mr. Glen Grant will accept that he must continue his crusade, and have this signage removed… starting with Jane Street in Riverdale, and Mr. David Murphy likewise in his neighbourhood.

  12. Excellent comparison Lassie. The problem is no one has complained about the snow removal markers YET.

  13. If it were not for Jamie’s CFN most likely the Vincent children would not have seen their hockey rink back again. Those who put Jamie down do not know what they are talking about and jealousy seems to run supreme in Cornwall. Another thing is that Leslie would not have made it to be mayor either and Leslie didn’t say thank you to Jamie nor to his supporters. People should remember that when the next election comes because bird cage liners are cheap. Out with the old and in with the new.

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