After building and running a simple blog on high school dropouts and advice on passing the GED test I can tell you one thing: it’s depressing.
I think after receiving 4000 visitors to my website from the United States I am clearly seeing trends on high school dropouts on the Internet.
U.S. Map of Visitors to my Online GED Site
I track all of my visitors to my website with a free service from Google named Google Analytics. I can track visitors to my website by state.
I’ve never seen a map showing what U.S. states have the most dropouts searching the Internet for GED (General Equivalency Diploma) help. So this is a first. The darker the green for a state, the more visitors are coming to my website looking for help.
On the map shown above you’ll see very dark green states for New York, Illinois, Texas, and California. That will probably confirm what you already guessed: there are a lot of dropouts in those states searching the Internet for GED help. You’d be right. But there are surprises.
U.S. High School Dropouts on the Internet, by City
Seeing Internet visitors from different cities might be helpful. It’s shown below.
Surprises? Only one Dropout from Detroit, Michigan
In one year of running my website, I’ve had only one visitor from Detroit, Michigan. I can’t tell you if it was a high school dropout, a concerned parent, or an educator. My guess? It was a high school dropout. But even after writing a blog article named Are there any high school dropouts in Detroit, Michigan, I still have had only Internet visitor from Detroit in 11 months of running this blog.
So as best I can tell, even though Detroit has way too many high school dropouts, none of them are looking for help on the Internet.
Surprises? All across Florida high school dropouts are looking for GED help.
How do I know that? States like New York and Illinois are dominated by their urban dropouts looking for help on my website. But Florida is bringing in traffic from all across the state.
Surprises? Not many visitors from the northern states.
I am a little surprised that out of over 4000 visitors, I have had less than 5 visitors from each of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont. It’s true, those states have smaller populations. Their dropouts haven’t found their way to my website yet. Hopefully the high school dropouts from those states are well served with GED preparation courses in their communities.
High School Dropouts, Maps of Hope
I am naive enough to see opportunity in the maps of high school dropouts visiting my site. They’re not visiting to study research on high school dropouts. They are high school dropouts.
They’re coming to my site to find out information about taking and passing the GED. And that’s a good thing.
If you are a high school dropout on the Internet looking for help, you’ve found a good website to start.