So How Well is GM4A actually doing then?
So I mentioned in an earlier blog that I had feelings that the website was starting to plateau. But Jephso was right in that this couldn’t be farther from the truth, but I think looking back I always feel like I can do things better than I did. I often think “I could have promoted that album better” “I should have blogged about that sooner” etc etc. But all things considered I think me, and Jephso of course (who has been a huge help catching any album releases I miss, as well as doing his own share of interviews and such) have done really well with the site. Lets look at some charts and see how far we have come exactly.
This is the chart showing each year that GM4A has been operating. I launched the site in June 2006 and within half a year over 20K page views, near 10K unique visitors and near 1.5K Returning Visitors. Not bad for a niche website with a crappy layout run by someone who doesn’t know the first thing about running a website (not saying any of that has changed of course 😛 ).
But in 2007 It is very clear I got more of a grasp on things, getting about four times the amount of views and readers as the year before (although to be fair of course, like I said GM4A started in June, not the beginning of the year, so you could make the argument that it merely doubled). I Can’t recall when but sometime in 07 I think we moved to the blogger layout that we use now, which is much easier on me and on the eyes of the readers.
Now in 2008 I started covering Nerdcore, as well as releasing compilations which I would attribute to the growth of the website. Now we didn’t have as startling a growth from 07 to 08, but we did double the amount of returning visitors, which means that people started coming back more often to the website, which is of course very important if you are looking to have some loyal readers.
Now 09 is just kicking off but look at that. In just about one month we have nearly reached the same levels that GM4A saw in six months when it first went up. I think looking at that really feels me with inspiration for this site, and shows that yes, we have grown, and grown significantly in fact. It makes me proud to know that this site is really and truly doing so well.
Now let’s look at slightly more in depth statistics.
This picture here is of the quarterly view of the sites statistics. Each quarter represents 3 months of the year, pretty straightforward stuff. Anyway, as you can see, quarter 2 and 4 were when we released free downloadable albums and the page views were very high for those months, which I think shows that a ton of people really loved those albums, at least I hope so. I don’t know the exact statistics for each album but I know they have each gotten thousands of downloads and continue to get a good amount of downloads a day. The downloads thing is a topic for another time though.
Well the last chart is the one I am most excited about.
This one is the monthly chart, and do you see January? This chart is a little dense but the latest month is January of course, and have about 14.5K page views, the second highest month ever for the site. But, January still has a few days left, so I think we are easily going to kick off the new year with the highest recorded month in GM4A history. HOW IS THAT FOR AWESOME!?
Also, you can see that the three most recent months are some of the highest months ever for our site. So yes, we are doing something right I think.
A little known fact about the site is one of the main reasons I wanted to do it is because I rarely stick with anything, from writing a story to finishing a video game I tend to lose interest in things and never carry them through to completion. I started this website back in 2006 to test myself and see if I could stick with something, and I have, which is very amazing to me.
I am the type of person that only looks at short term results and is always hoping for that big break rather than the slow and steady process of growing something. Which I think is the reason I felt like the site was stagnant. I think the fact that I hope to have that article that gets frontpaged on Digg, or that album that gets mentioned on Joystiq makes me feel like I am not doing something right since that has not really happened. I have to keep reminding myself that this slightly slower process is OK, and probably recommended in fact, so I can grow a tight loyal community of readers who truly enjoy my blog for what it is.
Anyway this has gotten more than lengthy enough I just wanted to let everyone know how the site is doing, I think a little transparency into how things are going is a good thing, plus I think I needed to write all this out as a little pep talk to myself to show that the website is really and truly something else. Thanks for sitting through this rather boring post with me. And whoever is reading this, thanks so much for being one little number in the sea of numbers I just threw at you, each and every one of you I owe a great thanks to!