Thai Visa Radio / Inspire have repeatedly been making claims of more then 60,000 listeners per month on their online radio station. The reality however is this is an out-rite lie and is a complete fabrication designed to lure businesses in to paying for advertising on their online radio stations that actually have virtually no listeners.
And this, is why it is a lie: If you take a look at their radio page http://www.thaivisa.com/radio/ and look at the source code, you can clearly see that there Online Radio is being served from the following place http://126.96.36.199:9302 for Thai Visa Radio 1 and http://188.8.131.52:9304 for Thai Visa Radio 2. These sites have not been password protected and are open for all to see THE REAL, TRUE PICTURE of ACTUAL listener numbers live. So, for a claim of 60,000 listeners a month, it is quite a surprise that when I looked the live listeners was 1 (me) and the all time high is 10 !! Now, it is possible that their stats have just been reset, it is also possible that they have multiple servers for relay, so time for a bit more in-depth investigation.
The first step, was to use the tune in app on my phone, use the tune in website, use the thaivisa website, app and inspire websites. Basically, what I wanted to see is if I start listening live, does the live count for the stream increment by one when I am listening and decrease by one when I stop listening. At this point, the results didn’t come as a surprise to me. Each site that I listened from increased the listener count by one.
So, categorically there is only one server being used no matter which website or application you listen from, EVERYTHING all goes back to the same server above. In fact, if you look at the main server configuration it is only configured for a maximum of 1000 listeners. So, what about the possibility of the server stats having just been reset or maybe I am just looking at the wrong time of the day? I set up a probe to check the number of live listeners on thai visa radio one every 300 seconds (5 minute intervals) you can see the raw data retrieved here over the 10 day period http://pastebin.com/RTr4tca5 the first day, I didn’t add the time stamp, subsequent days have the time stamp of the probe and there was also one day when I lost internet connectivity.
So, what do we see from the raw data file? NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT, THERE ARE NEVER DOUBLE DIGIT LISTENERS.
If you take out the monitoring servers then for the VAST MAJORITY OF THE TIME THERE ARE NO LISTENERS. Thai Visa Radio, is nothing more than an online scam designed to extract money from would be advertisers to advertise to a non existent audience, if you advertise on Thai Visa Radio, expect nothing because the reality is no one is listening to the radio.
Product or Service Mentioned: Thai Visa Radio Station.
Reason of review: Not as described.