We are quickly approaching a year as an all new, revved up, completely redesigned site and it has made a big difference in traffic. It started with WTIC’s webmaster Brian Partridge who, back in October, had the sense to add twitter, chat and live video to the site long before the rest of the world had caught on.
Then in January Steve McGough took over, redesigned the redesign adding categories, a newswire and new bloggers, changed servers three times as traffic kept growing, and then set up relationships with our favorite national blogs. Steve, pretty much by himself, turned RVO into a factor … and on a growing number of occasions (see below) a national factor.
The result is, even with the site down (at least in part and sometimes in whole as we changed servers twice) for the better part of a week … and with vacation days interspersed cutting down on posts …. August turned out to be RVO’s third best month in operation. And so what once was a blog that didn’t do much better than a few hundred visits each month, now routinely draws 70,000 to 100,000 visits each month. That’s small by Hot Air or Instapundit standards … but hey, RVO has been around less than three years and the redesign less than one.
Much of that can be traced to our referrers. Referring sites sent us 12, 212 visits from 350 sources.
Here’s the list of August’s Top 8.
- WTIC News Talk 1080
- Free Republic
- Michelle Malkin
- Google Search
- Hot Air
- Gateway Pundit
Thanks to Michelle, Ed, the Freepers, the RVO chatroom, and Jim at Gateway. Oh yeah, and WTIC and the folks who help me put the show together Joey and Mr. Joyce.
And of course special thanks to Brian’s foresight and Steve’s magnificent skills and talent.