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    Lightbulb Site Traffic Progression

    I know everyone is always mentioning their earnings and their total daily/monthly traffic. I thought it would be interesting for those with busy or even somewhat busy sites to post a little chart, graph, table of their traffic when they were starting out. I know this would not be useful for comparison purposes (i.e. timing, niche, sites in network, etc.) but it may be a little inspirational for those just starting out (kind of like the dollar figures) to see how traffic can grow. Alexa is too funky to base anything off of but I know many of you do SQL reporting or stat counters.

    Something like (although this is contrived data as my site is still under development):

    My site went live in September 2004 with a trickling of traffic (maybe 400 uniques).
    October 2004 - 2,000 uniques (8,200 pageviews)
    November 2004 - 2,400 uniques (9,100 pageviews)
    December 2004 - 4,100 uniques (15,900 pageviews)
    January 2004 - 4,500 uniques (16,800 pageviews)

    Today I am at 10,200 uniques (38,000 pageviews).

    Feel free to even give a hint at site content (i.e. forums, sales, reviews, informational only, etc.).

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    Follow Me On Twitter: @djg gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Grossman's Avatar
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    Since you asked.. free image hosting site, from webalizer, with all that implies about these stats:

    Sep 2004 - 498 visits, 832 pages, 66MB transfer
    Oct 2004 - 1913 visits, 5150 pages, 6.8GB transfer
    Nov 2004 - 25589 visits, 66220 pages, 226GB transfer
    Dec 2004 - 21907 visits, 52564 pages, 349GB transfer
    Jan 2005 - 33787 visits, 85376 pages, 660GB transfer
    Feb 2005 - 23065 visits, 49343 pages, 429GB transfer
    Mar 2005 - 36601 visits, 78199 pages, 487GB transfer
    Apr 2005 - 57940 visits, 131982 pages, 806GB transfer

    The lesson is.. err.. sometimes growth is slow and steady, sometimes it's sporadic and backwards.

    It's looking like time to either reduce how "free" I can be, or look to sell that site. I am bouncing it between servers with 1000GB/mo bandwidth limits each, and it needs its own server for the database as well.

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    Dan,

    Great reponse (on many levels for me). Not only do you address my post but you also gave me some info in terms of image hosting of sorts.

    I think this post could help people also predict bandwidth needs if they posted similar to you do...

    Likey, likey.

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    Oh, if this is in the wrong forum, feel free to move it. I couldn't really decide where to place it given the topic and the *intent* of those who could benefit from said info.


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