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.
|Metric||April 2011||March 2011||February 2011|
|Google Analytics||107,990 visits||72,024 visits||62,036 visits|
|6,735 followers||6,240 followers||5,765 followers|
|513 people||470 people||423 people|
|RSS/Feedburner||8,339 subscribers||7,343 subscribers||7,171 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!