• Reader Feedback Requested

    Posted by on July 10th, 2009 · Comments (58)

    Since I’ve shared some stats in the past with respect to this blog’s traffic when we had exciting news, I thought it was only fair to also share the news when it was not so exciting…

    After starting the blog back in April 2005, right away, an increase in site traffic occured – thanks to many kind folks spreading the word, etc. Further, while I’m not 100% sure, I want to say it was around March of 2007 when traffic here peaked and was pretty steady from there out.

    In fact, I can confirm that, from May 2008 through January 2009, the numbers were nice and very steady. And, for the point to made here, I’m going to use this 9-month period as a “baseline” with respect to traffic.

    Now, from February 2009 through May 2009, traffic here started to slip, a bit, from the “baseline.” To put a number on it, I would say it averaged, during this 4-month period, to be “80% of the baseline.” And, while that was “down,” I wasn’t too concerned about it – since the overall numbers were fine (in my opinon) but just not as high as May 2008 through January 2009.

    But, then came June 2009. Last month, traffic here was indeed “down.” To put a number on it, June 2009 was at 75% of the 4-month prior pace and at “60% of the baseline.” And, this is hard to ignore.

    What does this all mean? Hey, it means this blog had a lot less traffic last month than it normally experiences. Why? While I have my theories, I thought I would ask you – the readers. Thanks in advance for anything that you care to share in the comments section below.

    Comments on Reader Feedback Requested

    1. Corey
      July 11th, 2009 | 2:30 pm

      o and 1 more thing about dtunnel, it keeps a history of the links u go to within dtunnel, but not the actual site. So intstead of your internet history reporting that you went to http://www.waswatching.com/ it instead says something like http://www.dtunnel.com/index.php/1010110A/f5c82870bcf4004546f049607cfd7f1617ae0cf39617674

    2. YankCrank
      July 11th, 2009 | 5:43 pm

      I can only speak about my personal experience. I read the blog every day and visit it multiple times, but I started commenting a lot less when the “community guidelines” were being frequently thrown at me. Not to say it’s your fault, I was the one making the comments and if it’s not what you want on your blog than that’s the rules, but i honestly didn’t want to come off as a problem.

      I also felt the situation with yagottagotomo made me less likely to strongly disagree with you on anything. But I still come here every day and still comment from time to time.

    3. yagottagotomo1
      July 11th, 2009 | 10:11 pm

      Hey, it seems that I am a celebrity here!!!

      Steve, a few thoughts-

      1) June is when most semesters for students end, so that whole segment of your readership may be away from th computers either vacationing or working.

      2) June was the draft, and you did not have much coverage on that, which may have spurred some people to head to other blogs. On my blog, those were our biggest two weeks in our 6 month existence, and we have retained a chunk of those readers.

      Cannot think of much more.

    4. July 12th, 2009 | 10:24 am

      Just wanted to say thanks to all for the additional feedback!

      I’m pretty convinced, now, that it’s:

      50% the google thing – as WasWatching.com was completely taken off their index. (I’m working with them now to see what happened.)

      30% the Yankees playing well thing – where non-Yanks fans trolls and suffering Yanks fans being more likely to tune in during bad times.

      20% some combination of all the other stuff suggested here.

      Again, thanks to all on this – esp, Evan3457…as I had no idea about the google thing until they mentioned it.

    5. July 13th, 2009 | 3:19 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      until recently, if you typed “was watching” into the search box at Google, your blog was always the first entry it listed,.

      FYI, that’s fixed now on google. Try it. And, thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

    6. Raf
      July 13th, 2009 | 4:21 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      until recently, if you typed “was watching” into the search box at Google, your blog was always the first entry it listed,.
      FYI, that’s fixed now on google. Try it. And, thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

      Ok, so what happened?

    7. July 13th, 2009 | 5:34 pm

      If I told you, then you’d be able to finger me when the party behind it is killed. 😉

    8. Raf
      July 13th, 2009 | 5:57 pm

      Nah, I’d put the blame on Schultzie… I know nothing, nothing!

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