50 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Ghostly World

Peoria State Hospital

1. We were founded on a Tuesday.

2. Our biggest day for viewers was October 30th, 2013 – we had 279 of them.

UPDATE: Our biggest viewing day 1,724 on September 17th, 2014 – 1,445 more than our previous best.

3. The most popular search term that finds us is ‘Dorea Insane Asylum’, followed by ‘Kenworthy Hall’.

4. Our least popular search term? ‘Bryce Hospital Haunted’.

UPDATE: It is now ‘Insane Asylum Alameda’.

5. Our top three ‘referrers’ (places people share links to Ghostly World and get clicked) are miscellaneous search engines, WordPress, and Facebook.

6. The top five countries that view Ghostly World most are: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Finland.

7. In 2013, we were mentioned in the bibliography of “Haunted Big Bend Florida”. Our post on Bayou La Batre Jail got us there.

8. Ghostly World’s most popular posts are the Camarillo State Mental Hospital, Dorea Asylum, the Capitol Theatre (Salt Lake City, Utah), Buffalo State Hospital, and Peoria State Hospital.

9. The post with the least amount of views? Memory Hill Cemetery, with only 7 people who’ve stopped by to visit it.

10. Ghostly World was almost named Ghost World. However, the URL was taken, and the rest is history.

11. We currently have 577 posts – 490 published, 14 drafts, 73 pending, and 3 in trash.

12. Whenever there is a post that we no longer want displayed on our site (we never remove location posts), we add it to “Pending” rather than to trash.

UPDATE: We started deleting our “Pending” posts in late 2014.

13. For nearly a year, we used the “Chateau” WordPress theme. In 2013, we began using “Newsworthy” to get a sleeker, more modern feel.

14. The Dead Children’s Playground post was reblogged more than 100 times on Tumblr.

15. We have more WordPress followers than email followers.

16. We reached 50,000 views on Cinco de Mayo – May 5th, 2014.

17. There is only one post in the “the Unexplained” category – Chase Vault.

18. At one point, Ghostly World was receiving close to 900 spam comments per day – this prompted the banning of anonymous comments, making logging in required.

UPDATE: The problem was resolved, and anonymous comments are allowed again.

19. “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (the soundtrack from Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion) has been unofficially been dubbed the theme song of Ghostly World, though it has never been posted in any way, shape, or form on the website.

20. In 2012, Ghostly World was going to start a webseries on YouTube that would feature each post being read out loud. However, only one episode was completed: the Bryce Hospital. It received several thousand views. The series may eventually be continued, but with an automated voice in order to produce more episodes more quickly.

21. The QuikNav featured claimed to make for “seamless navigation”. Ironically, it was removed in late 2013 due to its abundant flaws.

22. Ghostly World’s color scheme is grey, white, yellow, and blue. It used to be dark grey and white.

23. Our most frequently used sources are Forgotten USA and The Shadowlands, both of them being websites.

24. Most of the location posts are hauntings.

25. About 1 in every 200 posts is suggested by one of our readers.

26. Our tagline/slogan has been the same since August 7th, 2012 – when Ghostly World was founded. It is “Exploring the paranormal…normally”.

27. There are nearly 3,000 tags in Ghostly World’s system, making for 148 pages of them.

28. Posts about haunted bridges used to be placed under the “Road” category.

29. A vast majority of posts used to be stored in Misc. Hauntings – due to the abundancy of similar locations, new categories were formed. They included Parks, Nature, and Entertainment.

30. The inspiration for Ghostly World came from AnimalPlanet’s The Haunted.

31. Alaska is currently the only state to have all of its haunts posted on Ghostly World.

32. While Ghostly World allows its commenters to express their religious views on ghosts, comments regarding devil worshiping and occult activity are banned on the site.

33. The “logo” of Ghostly World is a tombstone. The name on it is not legible, and it is unknown what cemetery it is from.

34. The Island of the Dolls post receives the most pingbacks: nearly 10 each month.

35. The most active month on Ghostly World is October, with a total of 5,995 views (combining totals from 2012 and 2013). The number is expected to rise each year.

36. We only received 331 views during our first month.

37. When “Ghostly World” is searched on Bing, we rank first.

38. A number of haunted location posts, when searched on Google or Bing, come up first, attributing to our views.

39. On May 1st, 2014, Ghostly World randomly posted 28 haunted locations from Kansas at 8:00 AM. It is unknown why this was done. The marketing phrase for the event was “BEWARE MAY 1ST” – no other details were included when advertising it in order to add suspense.

40. In 2011, a site entitled “Haunted Database” was started on Wix.com – this sparked the concept for Ghostly World in 2012.

41. The first post on Ghostly World was the Bryce Hospital.

42. Early on, posts were simply copied-and-pasted texts from Wikipedia. In order to make the site unique, the content was rewritten.

43. Ghostly World Dictionary is our most popular guide.

44. Our most visited sub-site is Our Ghostly World. It actually refers several viewers to Ghostly World.

45. Even though the site is entitled Ghostly World, abandoned locations and ghost towns are also on the site.

46. Each post is written without any sort of opinion so that viewers can decide for themselves if they believe the place is haunted or not.

47. The most controversial post is the Peoria State Hospital – some viewers say that the doctors were not abusive, and tried to make the place as happy as possible, while others claim it was a terrible place. Ghostly World remains unbiased to either side.

48. Ghostly World has been shared 69 times according to WordPress – it is believed to be considerably higher.

49. In Ghostly World’s “lifetime”, the site has been protected from over 6,000 spam comments. To put that number in perspective, there are 765 regular comments. The most active time of day for commenting is 1:00 PM.

50. Most of the statistical information in this list will be outdated by May 9th, 2014. All of it will be outdated by May 20th, 2014.

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