Think Traffic Monthly Report – August 2012

  • September 6, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 27 Comments

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.

Join the Traffic Toolbox and get access to 6 Steps to 1,000 Visitors a Day

August Analytics for Think Traffic

Here are the traffic stats from Google Analytics for the month:

Think Traffic - Analytics Aug 2012

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:

Top Traffic Sources

Think Traffic - Sources Aug 2012

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.

Top Content

Think Traffic - Content Aug 2012

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.

Cheers!

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Abdul Ghani September 6, 2012 at 5:57 am

Thanks for sharing those with us Corbett.

I’m always wondering how the big blogs out there really do in terms of traffic.

Congrats for your success, I wish you even more, and I wish many can get to that kind of success also !

Corbett Barr September 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thanks Abdul! I’m always curious as well :)

John Lee Dumas September 6, 2012 at 6:03 am

As always, your transparency is a super insight to the reality of running a blog. Thanks for sharing, and I am sure another record month is already underway!

Corbett Barr September 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Sure John, thanks for reading these reports, glad they’re helpful.

Todd Kuslikis September 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

Great job Corbett! Your site has helped me reach the “1,000 visitor per day” status and am extremely grateful for your guidance.

Would you be open to covering more techniques for become successful with affiliate marketing? It seems like I am exhausting tons of options and still having difficulty driving sales.

Corbett Barr September 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

Absolutely Todd, great topic idea, we’ll add that to the list to cover soon.

Moses Kerub September 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

Great report! and I too greatly anticipate the next month’s one.

On a side note,
I really like to watch how this site developed over time. The first time I heard about Think Traffic was from Glen’s blog, ViperChill. There was one commenter who said he had gone through EVERY post on Think Traffic AND on Viper Chill (that must took him a bit of time). At the time I knew Glen’s blog was great, but that comment got me thinking “What is this Think Traffic thing?”

I’ve seen the progress on this site and it is truly inspiring! And the new video in the traffic-toolbox? A must see! More polished than ever before.

If you read this comment and you are not a subscriber yer (somehow), I really urge you to do that, thank me later.

-Moses

Corbett Barr September 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

Great to have you here Moses, glad you found us.

Thanks so much for the feedback on the toolbox video. I’m really happy with how it turned out. Glad you enjoyed it as well.

Shayna September 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

My current challenge converting visitors into customers. I’m at about 400 visits a day (and rising), and I’ve heard the stat that only about 1% of visitors buy something – but I’m nowhere near 4 purchases a day!

E-mail list sign-ups are good, but it’s that conversion to paying customer that’s tough. I tend to be shy about asking for a sale too often… but on the other hand, I don’t want everyone to get too used to “only the free stuff” either.

I’d love to see posts on 1) how much to e-mail your list; and 2) how frequently, within those regular e-mails, to do sales e-mails.

Thanks!

Moses Kerub September 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

I must say I like your site. as a non native english speaker I finds it pretty usefull, and built right.

If it was my opinion you are asking for, I would recommend you to work on the overall feel of your site. I’m talking about design and graphics.
When I come across great content that’s packaged in a so-so package, my hesitancy senses start to work. If I got to that point, chances I will eventually buy something on that site are pretty much gone extinct.

Hope it helped,
Moses

Corbett Barr September 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

Thanks so much for sharing Shayna. I think the 1% stat you’re referring to actually applies to sales pages, not to your entire site. If you have a page with something specifically for sale (like a landing page), 1% is a very rough ballpark. It can obviously vary quite a bit one way or the other though.

Thanks for the article ideas. I’ll add those to the list as well.

Tune Seidelin September 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

I really like the updated version of the traffic toolbox. You know I didn’t think it lived up to the general level of quality you usually deliver. And I’m happy to say that I think it does now. The new video is perhaps the best overview description of what it takes to succeed as a blogger I’ve seen.

I’m also glad to see the numbers backing up my feeling that you took TT to the next level traffic-wise. And I’ll be curious to follow the development going forward.

Caleb Wojcik September 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks Tune. Always improving is the goal. :)

JJ Wong September 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

Wow! 34% Increase on the traffic, pretty amazing from 42K to 56K traffic.
I personally aiming for 20K for my blog this month, currently at 15K monthly traffic. Will make it happen. :)

Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon September 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

Congrats on another great month – will definitely be interesting to see how the “combined” traffic will do for you next month as well! Looking forward to watching the new traffic video today!

Thomas

Caleb Wojcik September 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks Thomas. Let us know what you think.

Gabe Johansson September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Getting a lot of traffic is awesome, but it’s the conversion rate to subscribers and sales that matter most to me.

I would rather send 1,000 visitors to my squeeze page than 5,000 to my blog. Why?

My squeeze page would put 300-400 subscribers on my list with 1,000 visitors, whereas my blog would only put on around the same amount (probably less) with 5,000 visitors.

Maybe my blog needs some work. It’s undergoing constant testing, tracking, and improvement measures, so I’m sure those numbers will go up over time. Then again, so will my squeeze page conversion :)

The fact that you share these numbers is great though! It shows what can come of consistent epic content!

Thanks,
-Gabe

Caleb Wojcik September 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

Great point Gabe. Where the traffic is landing on (and what they do once that get there) is just as important as how much you are actually getting.

Sai@AndroidBent September 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You are getting good referral traffic from High PR sites, Next time you’ll get PR6 for sure.

Marcin at Webponder September 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

Thanks for sharing. Do you think you’ll be able to continue growing like that or was it just a one-time uptick connected with merging the sites?

Caleb Wojcik September 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hey Marcin,

I think the merger will have a compound going forward. More visits via search will lead into more subscribers, which will lead to more recurring visits. We were also already 20 days into the month when the merger happened, so next month should be even bigger.

Sunil from The Extra Money Blog September 7, 2012 at 5:38 am

Congratulations Corbett

Another great month

Seeing as organic traffic is the main source, I am interested in knowing how many posts/pages combined this blog has. Love the look and feel of the site.

Thanks and all the continuing best

David Hamilton | Everlution September 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

Corbett – thanks for posting your stats. Though my site is no where close to yours in terms of traffic yet, it very comforting to know that even at only about 30K uniques a month, as you talk about in your ebook, that you talk about, you can make a decent living online, when converted properly and to products and services that are high value and really make a difference for people (even more important).

Gratitude!

Joe Piroli September 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

The traffic toolbox is the only website I know of that actually measures the work it carries out.

Well Done! Very interesting results.

IGBALAYE OLAYEMI September 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

That’s a great traffic you get there Corbett and that’s what really bring huge earning for you this month. i also hope to develop my traffic level to that extent for a better earning. thanks for sharing

Mitch September 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

So awesome! I just see that my website is ranking #17 in Top Traffic Sources this month. ;-)

That’s pretty neat for a website from the (small) Netherlands between all those big guys. Up to another good month Corbett & team.

Take care!

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