As I promised to you all in the final monthly report, today I’m releasing an analysis of the growth of this blog over the last 12 months. Although ViperChill doesn’t turn one for another 10 days, I’m going on a road trip and have a product launch about to happen, so I wanted to get this out there for all of you.
I’ve always viewed my monthly reports not just as interesting updates (as I personally enjoy them) but also as part of an overall case study. If I’m teaching you how to build better websites, I want to share exactly what I do with my own and how they grow. I don’t think there is any better way to learn the ins and outs of marketing.
I’ve put together a graph which shows the visits and pageviews the site received month on month:
As you can see, the traffic has been steadily increasing over time which is great to see. August was the best month so far but I expect many months to top it next year. The figures for the year are as follows:
The most popular day was on August 7th where the site received 7,494 visitors.
Here are the sites which sent the most traffic to ViperChill over the course of the year:
Search engine traffic is something that tends to grow exponentially over time as your site ages. This is due to factors such as trust, added content, and more backlinks pointing to your pages. You can see the growth of the search traffic to ViperChill in the screenshot below:
Search sent 42,272 visits via 9,023 keywords over the last year. The top 10, were:
Gaining RSS subscribers is the main sign of growth for most bloggers. I love having a large audience who automatically receive blog updates, so this is the metric I focus on the most. I’m very happy with the growth of the site – having never grew a blog as quick – and I know this first year has been far more successful than the first year of some blogs with 100,000+ subscribers.
The graph below shows the subscriber growth over time.
The biggest growth came in March where the site saw an addition of 988 subscribers. The great thing about growing a blog is that with more people to share your blogs’ content, the growth becomes easier over time.
Either next week or the week after, I’m going to be releasing a free PDF which goes into more detail on the first year of this site, plus highlights the actions and ideas I think were most crucial to ViperChill’s growth. I do of course have a big product launch coming up but I’m working around the clock so I hope I’ll squeeze that in as well.
In a few hours I’m going on a road trip for 5 days so my girlfriend will be approving and responding to comments. I’ll check back in a few days for any questions she can’t answer!