The Third Month

February, however brief, was action packed for Build Internet. Here’s the breakdown of the highlights.

Traffic and Stats

This month was a little shorter than the others, and as a result we fell just 10k short of the highly coveted 100K visit mark. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for March! Build Internet got some exposure both via StumbleUpon and Delicious primarily this month. They accounted for a large amount of this past month’s traffic.

As always, here’s a more complete overview from Analytics for those interested in the details.

February 2009 Overview

A milestone for traffic sources, we’ve now exceeded 10k searches per month. This breaks down to roughly 450 search referrals a day. Next month is looking like results will be even higher.

February Traffic Sources

Subscribers

At the time of writing, Build Internet has taken a huge leap in subscribers from last month. How huge? Over four hundred new subscribers! We’re sitting at a high of 784 currently, and I’m grateful for each and every one of you.

I know I’ve said this before, but if you’re not a subscriber yet… what are you waiting for? Why not come join the regulars? With the variety of killer posts planned for the coming weeks, it’s a bandwagon you’ll want to be up to date with!

Posts and Publicity

During February we started to hit a comfortable stride of around 10-12 posts per month. For the time being this will be about the average, especially because of recent turns with both client work and potential writing positions on other web development blogs (More to follow on this later… hopefully).

If I’ve learned one thing since the start of this blog, it’s that a jQuery tutorial is all but guaranteed to make the front page of delicious. With the top posts of February, I’m beginning to see a trend:

  1. Supersized – Full Screen Background/Slideshow Plugin for jQuery
  2. How to Make an Impressive Animated Header with jQuery
  3. 8 Sites with Excellent jQuery Navigation
  4. How to Make a Smooth Animated Menu with jQuery
  5. Changing Form Input Styles on Focus with jQuery

Sam’s Supersized plugin was the main focus of attention this past month. Most of our high traffic referrals came in as a result of site’s featuring this jQuery plugin. We were fortunate enough to get link love from WebAppers, pixey, and Visuall to name a few.


Dollar by Dollar

This is the first month I would say we’ve started to exit the realm of pocket change. Largely thanks to the increase in traffic from Delicious and StumbleUpon, our BuySellAds spots have a highly marketable 150k impressions each.

AdSense is AdSense. Each month the previous record is beaten out by a matter of dollars. It’s a very shallow incline. Monthly AdSense revenue is closing in on the price to maintain our servers, so hopefully next month we’ll break even.

Contest Winner

By far the coolest thing to happen this month was winning second prize in the Gift of Knowledge Giveaway put on by David Leggett at Tutorial9. David put it on in order to raise money for “Save the Children”, which is an absolutely worthy organization which does great work.

I’m incredibly grateful to have gotten one of the top spots, and from my understanding the winning tutorial should be posted sometime in the coming month. So be sure to be on the lookout for that launch.

Milestones

Our Technorati ranking has started to enter the highly competitive zone, and is now down from 44,000 to about 26,000.

Build Internet’s twitter base has exploded up to 400 followers from 130 last month.

Once again, Sam’s Supersized plugin helped break some new ground. With over 60 responses, it is the most discussed post on the blog.

What would you like?

This past month was a demonstration of how popular jQuery is in the web design and development world. This doesn’t mean that Sam or I want to redirect the overall goals of Build Internet to suit javascript frameworks only. You can look forward to some great PHP and WordPress tutorials coming your way this March.  Word on the street is that Sam is also making another plugin that should make certain contacts much easier to form.

But I also want to hear from you, our highly esteemed reader. What cool stuff would you like to see built? Have a topic in need of discussion? Tutorial suggestion? Don’t hesitate! Please send it our way. We’ll even provide a link back to the sender for any post inspiration we end up using.

Once again, I have to express how grateful both Sam and I are to see the support for Build Internet. It’s been growing largely because of your willingness to stumble, bookmark, or tweet articles that speak to you.

I’ve also been thrilled to see the growing sense of community. A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the comments and I saw one where one commenter was helping another out. I thought that was pretty damn cool. Thank you.

Best,

Zach & Sam Dunn

Posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 · Back to Top

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  1. Vadim P. Author Editor

    You didn’t include the OS versions in the pdf :)

    Some tips for popular CMS’s would be nice – not everyone can afford the time to build a site without a framework.

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  2. nhoss2 Author Editor

    this is a great blog, im one of the new subscribers. I love the jquery stuff keep it up!

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  3. Ivo Ivanov Author Editor

    keep up the good work, I’m one of the first subscribers :)

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  4. Damon Author Editor

    Congratulations!

    I recently came across your blog last month an really dig what you have going on.

    Keep it up!

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  5. Callum Chapman Author Editor

    Congratulations! I see you’ve improved a lot in March too by the amount of subscribers! I’d love for my blog to get this popular, it has only just opened though! Any tips?

    Callum Chapman’s last blog post..Batch Image Resizing in Photoshop

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