WPCandy in Review: So far in 2011 all signs point up


It was brought to my attention that I haven’t posted a WPCandy in Review for three months. What a sham! I’d like to remedy that this afternoon with a combo review post: stats for the last three months, review of major events yet this year, and a look at what we’ll be shooting for in May 2011.

If I had to pick one word to sum up the last few months of WPCandy statistics, it would be: up.

Review of Google Analytics for February, March, and April 2011

First up we have February:

Next up we have March:

And finally  we have April, which we just finished up over the weekend:

WPCandy by the numbers

The table below shows various usage and traffic numbers for the last three months.

MetricApril 2011March 2011February 2011
Google Analytics107,990 visits72,024 visits62,036 visits
Twitter6,735 followers6,240 followers5,765 followers
Facebook513 people470 people423 people
RSS/Feedburner8,339 subscribers7,343 subscribers7,171 subscribers
Comments~638 reader comments~489 reader comments~540 reader comments

Reflections on recent activity and traffic

There have been a number of exciting things to happen the last few months at WPCandy. In quick bullet form:

  • WPCandy was added to the WordPress Planet Dashboard feed,
  • A contributed editorial hit Hacker News and caused a big spike in traffic (see the spike in April above), and
  • April 2011 brought our first month of six figure visits.

We saw a solid 40% increase in overall traffic from March to April, which I personally couldn’t be happier about. This is in large part due to the post that hit Hacker News, of course. The other spikes in April were on days where we averaged between 5 and 10 posts per day, which seem to be the sweet spot in terms of bringing folks in to read and comment.

Joining Planet WordPress was very exciting, of course, and has contributed to our overall growth month over month. I haven’t seen enough to comment specifically on the effect it has had on the site’s traffic, but I’ll look more into that and get a post up about it soon.

Where do we go next

So where do we go now? I’ll be honest, my own goals for this month revolve more about a couple of WPCandy projects more than any particular traffic goals. Is it fair to say the goal is to keep increasing?

Okay okay, let’s use these goals:

  • Over 110,000 visits in May 2011,
  • Over 7,000 Twitter followers,
  • Over 1,000 new reader comments, and
  • Launch of [redacted].

If all goes well this should be a great month for WPCandy!

What do you think?

This year has been a wild and crazy ride, wouldn’t you say? What do you think of how things are going? Do you have any questions about how WPCandy works? Feel free to use this post’s comment form to tell us what you’d like to see WPCandy do in differently this month (May 2011) than we did last month.

Here’s to another awesome thirty days—and another stat wrapup at the end of it!


10 thoughts on “WPCandy in Review: So far in 2011 all signs point up

  1. Awesome job guys! It’s really no surprise to mewith such a well designed and maintained site. Those GA graphs are super sexy…=]

    It gives the noobs like me something to strive for…

    Keep up the great work!

  2. I wasn’t very familiar with this site as of a few months ago, but ever since I first got a good look I made WPCandy a regularly visited site on my list of “Must Reads”.

    Keep it up, Ryan! You’ve got the momentum to exponentially rise to the top. 🙂


  3. I love WP Candy! Always on top of the latest WordPress news, covers what’s relevant, and will hopefully push WordPress more into the mainstream.

  4. Great job guys! Looks like WPCandy is quickly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with. Definitely caught my eye the past few months & got me away from other WP-based blogs. Keep up the good work!

  5. Great numbers Ryan – congrats to you and the rest of the team!

    As a long time reader I think some of the recent content is your best yet – in particular the Hypercritical Theme Pricing analysis 🙂

    Long may it continue.

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