Each month we recap the traffic/growth stats for Think Traffic and share what we’ve done and what we’ve learned (see all the monthly reports here).
This is the report for August, 2012.
This month saw some major changes to the site, and a big bump in monthly visitors.
As you may have read, I decided to merge my three-and-a-half-year-old personal blog into Think Traffic (read the full details of the decision here). The merger was completed on August 25th, so Think Traffic received a little traffic bump from then on. Next month will be interesting as the first full month after the transition.
So far, we’re very happy with the response and results of the merger. Think Traffic feels fresher and more interesting because of the inclusion of bigger picture + entrepreneurship lifestyle content.
If you missed it, here’s a detailed guide to lifestyle design, location independence and digital nomading, to walk you through some of the most popular posts I published over the years at my other site.
If you’re curious about how a blog merger like that works from a technical perspective, I’ll be writing a post coming up explaining everything. Stay tuned for that.
New Toolbox Video: 6 Steps to 1,000 Visitors a Day
We’ve finally released a new video for the subscriber’s only Traffic Toolbox. If you’ve been waiting for this, I think it was worth the wait. We’d love to hear what you think.
In the video you’ll learn the 6-step formula I’ve used personally and that I teach clients and students to build sites up to 1,000 visitors a day and beyond.
This video turned out really great. You can watch for free by signing up for email updates (you’ll also get access to a bunch of other resources). If you’re already a subscriber, just enter your email address again. You won’t be double-subscribed; you’ll just be taken to the new video.
August Analytics for Think Traffic
Here are the traffic stats from Google Analytics for the month:
We mentioned in last month’s report that we had hit a slight growth plateau. That plateau will be shattered this month and next due to the merger of my other site. We jumped from 41,965 visits in July to 56,358 in August (a 34% increase). Think Traffic also broke through 100,000 pageviews in a month for the first time.
We’re also adding both email and RSS subscribers at a record pace. We gained twice as many total subscribers last month than in any prior month. This is due to a combination of things, mostly because of our big redesign from earlier this year and now the merger of my other blog.
If you’ve become a Think Traffic reader or subscriber recently, thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve been enjoying the content and resources. We have a lot more great stuff coming later this year.
Here are the 10 posts published in August:
- Case Study: Which Source of Web Traffic Converts the Best? (Guest Post by Dan Norris)
- A Guided Tour of Lifestyle Design, Location Independence and Digital Nomading
- Gone Viral? Dealing with a Half Million Visitors and Thousands of Subscribers in 2 Weeks (Guest Post by Joel Runyon)
- A New Chapter
- Going All-In
- Ask the Readers: Is it Better to Guest Blog or Post on Your Own Site?
- How to Use Blogging to Launch a Freelance Writing Career (Guest Post by Bamidele Onibalusi)
- The Blogging Trap
- What Is the Goal of Your Home Page? (Guest Post by Brad Shorr)
- Think Traffic Monthly Report – July 2012
Top Traffic Sources
No major changes really in the top traffic sources this month. Google sent us 5k+ more search visits, partly from increased rankings and partly from people searching for content that was merged from my other blog.
There are a couple of interesting things to note about the top content above. The new “start here” page we rolled out with the redesign is now the 4th most visited page on the site. Our Traffic Toolbox (resources for email subscribers) is 6th. The resources page is 9th.
These pages were all new or refreshed as part of our design, and they’re doing a much better job of introducing new users to the site, especially as we’ve grown to having over 400 published posts.
Think about your own site and what it looks like to new visitors. Do you offer easy ways to get to know your site and experience the real value of it?
For two examples of sites that do a great job guiding visitors through existing content, check out the general navigation and suggested posts at The Oatmeal as well as the excellent “start here” page Pat Flynn put together at Smart Passive Income.
Now Over to You
Thanks as always for your support and another great month at Think Traffic.
I write these reports each month to help you understand how we’re growing this site and business, so you might learn something to apply to your own site.
What else would you like us to cover at Think Traffic?
If you have any specific questions about growing your site or blog, or about anything we’re up to here, please leave a comment below and let us know.