I perhaps should have differentiated between members and users. We have many threads on the forum that have enormous page view counts but with few members. You can see many of them in the American style pizza board at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?board=36.0
. You will see many of the well known national and regional chains represented, where the emphasis is on their clones. All it takes is one member to ask for a clone of a given pizza. But there can be thousands of guests who will be watching and presumably using many of the recipes in those threads. They do not have to become members to do that. But they are the ones running up the page view numbers.
Since Tom started this thread with a pizza sauce, I went back to the thread where I discussed my efforts to reverse engineer and clone that Papa John's pizza sauce, at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=6633.0
. Including me, there were 19 members who posted in that thread. But the bulk of the 46,047 page views are by guests. Amazingly, the Shakey's pizza sauce recipe thread at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=518.0
has a total of 135,747 page views. That's a crazy number. I didn't analyze that thread in detail but I am willing to bet that most of the page views are due to guests, not members. I strongly believe that the high page views by guests is why there are two clone threads in the top ten on the forum by page views--Round Table (#3, at 220,983 page views) and Papa John's (#6, at 192,607 page views, excluding the page views for the PJ pizza sauce clone). And, until this past week, the original Buddy's thread was in the #10 spot by page views. You knocked Buddy's off of the list with your Garage thread, which now holds the #10 spot
. Your thread, and also the one that Omid started, with 280,615 page views, are testaments to the popularity of the Neapolitan style. But, even then, a good part of the page views numbers are most likely by guests since they are also interested in that style. And they don't have to join and become members to benefit from what you and Omid have done.
BTW, the thread with the highest page view count is the Lehmann's NY Pizza Style thread, with 453,897 page views. But since that thread is not on the list of the top ten threads by Replies, that can only mean that a good part of the page views for the Lehmann thread are also by guests.