We’re excited to be posting about the last month of progress on WPCandy. We hope to build WPCandy into a community-driven site, and one way we think we can accomplish that is by being as transparent as possible about our progress.
This month we saw a general upward trend across the board, and have a few non-statistic items we’re proud of as well.
October 2010 statistics
We’re not all about numbers, not by a long shot. But they are fun to analyze!
|Google Analytics||Over 42,000 unique visitors this month (after crossing 30,000 last month)|
|269 new followers|
|41 new fans|
|RSS/Feedburner||~500 subscriber increase|
We’re pleased with the continued increase in traffic to the site, as well as the increase in folks sharing our content through Facebook and Twitter.
Becoming a community-driven blog
But stats aren’t the only thing we watch. I was personally very happy that Graham Huber, Brian Krogsgard, and David Coveney all contributed a post this month. That’s probably the biggest success of the month, quite honestly. We want this site to be community driven, and it’s only when community members contribute that it can happen.
If you feel the urge to guest post on the site (or would even like to discuss something more long term) please do get in touch with us.
Posting rate increased, quality maintained
We’ve been increasing our posting rate slowly throughout October, and this culminated in our goal last week of reaching 24 hour posting on the weekdays. So instead of previously posting 3-5 posts each day, we now post 10-12 posts Monday through Friday. We’re excited about this because it helps us on two points:
- We can provide fresh news to folks on the other end of the globe, during their waking hours.
- We can cover even more WordPress news and events, as they happen.
Of course we take the quality of our posts very seriously, and haven’t sacrificed quality while increasing our rate of posts. For instance, we were able to cover the launch of WPHonors exclusively, we covered the WordPress easter egg debate last week, and of course we post weekly video interviews with members of the WordPress community.
Launched Theme Finder
We launched a tool this month called Theme Finder, which now has over 500 themes in it (free and paid) and is growing every week. We’re really happy with how the launch went, and hope to be able to improve it even more as time goes by. Have you used it yet?
Goals for next month
Since we’re being transparent, we’d like to state a few goals for November at WPCandy.
- We plan to cross 50,000 unique visitors next month.
- We plan to cross 7,000 RSS subscribers next month.
- We plan to reach 750 themes in Theme Finder.
Hopefully we can announce that we’ve reached these goals next month.
November is looking to be a very exciting month for WPCandy. We have a couple of announcements coming up that we think will help WPCandy reach an even larger audience, and give the community here here even more ways to interact.
Now it’s your turn. How did we do this month?