The Ninth Month

The Ninth Month

Namaste Internet! Here we are again wrapping up another month on Build Internet. Time flies over the summer months, doesn’t it?

This month’s review has some exciting numbers to share, as well as a new section dedicated to highlighting up-and-coming blogs.

By this point you probably already know the drill, so let’s start by diving into the traffic and stats from August 2009 on Build Internet.

Traffic and Stats

August set a new record for single day pageviews thanks to a feature in Smashing Magazine. The resulting traffic led to August 24th having a historical high of 57,309 pageviews.

August 2009 Pageviews

Referrals from search engines are on the increase up to about 1,200 queries per day.

August 2009 Referrals

We were also happy to see that an average time of 2:00 on site emerge.

August 2009 Overview

This month Build Internet reached readers in 181 different countries across the globe.

August 2009 World Map

Interested in seeing the summary straight from Google Analytics? You can grab the PDF below.

Subscribers and Followers

Follower counts continued on the upward climb. Here’s the bullet point breakdown.

Top Content and Posts

This month’s top content had a fresh mix thanks to several features in roundups focusing on jQuery.

  1. Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery
  2. Fonts Used in the Logos of Popular Websites
  3. Quick Tip – Resizing Images Based on Browser Window Size
  4. How to Make a Threadless Style T-Shirt Gallery
  5. How to Make a Smooth Animated Menu with jQuery

Back to School Schedules

Back to School

September also means that Sam and I are back to school at the good ole’ University of Hartford.

As we said in last month’s review, this will not affect our ability to post regularly. To help lighten the load though, we will be scaling back to 2-3 posts a week instead of the five a week pace set by the summer. We’re looking to continue to grow the Build Internet community this year, and we’ll need a rigorous posting schedule to do it.

Recommended Reading List

This month I’d like to start something new. Beginning with this one, Build Internet’s month reviews will give some link-love to sites and blogs that should be on your radar the upcoming month. Each of this blogs serve as an inspiration or resource for web design, development, and business.

Freelance Apple

Freelance Apple is a relatively new blog that I’ve followed for a couple months. One of the things I like about it is how concise many of the articles are. They write about all subjects surrounding freelancing (e.g. productivity from proper lighting), and not just the obvious business aspects.

Freelance Apple

Lovely Package

Inspiration comes in the most bizarre places. In my case, it arrives in the form of brand packaging. Lovely Package highlights the best and brightest concepts in packaging from around the world.

Lovely Package

Information is Beautiful

This is a fantastic blog on infographics. If you’ve ever love visualized data, Information is Beautiful is the type of site that you’ll go crazy for.

Information is Beautiful

A Word on Monthly Reviews

Last month we got a few comments about our continued monthly reviews. The general tone from the commenters was that these reviews were too self reflective and unnecessary. Specifically that we “fanfare our stats” and come across as too “self congratulatory”. I removed some of the abrasively negative commentary on the last post, but I want to take some time to address a good question.

Why publish monthly reviews of a blog?

We started this blog with the intention of keeping a high level of transparency. Build Internet is an ongoing case study of sorts. Put simply, by sharing the statistics with our readers, we hope to help some of our readers in their own ventures. If you’re starting or running a blog, information contained in these reports (e.g. referrers) may help boost your own growth.

I realize that publishing stats always runs a risk of coming across as bragging, but this is not the intention. We get excited when a month’s traffic break records — running a website is filled with ups and downs like that. These month reviews are a way to bring you into that.

It comes down to personal preference. If you’re not a fan of these posts, you’re not obligated to read it. I’ll admit, I was a little taken aback by the negativity in some comments. For a once a month affair, I never really considered these posts to be a bad decision. It’s the one time every month where Sam and I get to openly interact with the audience about things that we found exciting. Participation is great, but never expected. After all, these tend to be pretty long-winded posts.

Question for the Crowd

I have a question for this month’s readers. What would you change about these month reviews? Are there elements you feel should be included or removed from future reports? Are they useful to your own ventures? Leave your input in the comments below.

So here’s to another encouraging month. Your comments and contributions have been phenomenal.

Keep on Internet-ing,

Sam & Zach Dunn

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  1. Brian Author Editor

    Congrats on your continued success. That’s one hell of an August 24th.
    .-= Brian´s last blog ..Podcaster’s Mac Computer Setup and Recording Station =-.

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  2. Taiyab Raja Author Editor

    Thanks for the mention guys! I’ll be sure to pass over some link-love back.
    .-= Taiyab Raja´s last blog ..3 Ways to Skyrocket Your Income as a Freelancer =-.

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  3. Callum Chapman Author Editor

    Well done guys, and to answer your question I personally love these posts. Running my own site, they’re a great inspiration to me and keep me dedicated to something I now know is possible, even in such a short time like 9 months!

    I missed the amount your earning this month, too. That’s another thing that keeps me dedicated. Ignore those that tell you your bragging, I understand ;)
    .-= Callum Chapman´s last blog ..12 Creative Examples of Clouds in Web Design =-.

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  4. designvore Author Editor

    It’s really great news! You completely deserve those stats because you have great and informative contents in here. I’d love to see the same stats for my design gallery ;). Keep up the good work!

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  5. Chris Morata Author Editor

    Keep up the great work! When will you all be graduating?

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    • Zach Dunn Author Editor

      @Chris

      We’ll be graduating in spring of 2011.

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  6. Blog Expectations Author Editor

    Nice growth…Now turn that 2.09 into 2.5…
    .-= Blog Expectations´s last blog ..Feedburner and My Deleted Post =-.

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  7. Kayla Author Editor

    I always check out these posts, it’s interesting to see your progress, and like you mention, I can apply and compare it to my own blog. I find it especially interesting since my own blog is about the same age.

    I actually did a post awhile back that mentioned a few of my stats, which were actually public to begin with, and I got this one nasty comment that all came down to “bragging” as well. It was definitely not in that context at all, of course, just like these posts aren’t.

    I have no added suggestions for what you should add, I like them as is!

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  8. Evan Jones Author Editor

    Screw what any of they nay-says complain about. It’s an honor that you’d share some of your analytics with us. Tell the buggers to go make their own blog ;)

    Have fun in school!

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  9. Andrew Author Editor

    You should probably attribute some of that record traffic to Leo Laporte. Not sure if you knew this but you were a featured link in the Aug. 19th net@night podcast. In fact, that’s how I found you and became an RSS subscriber too.

    Check it out if you haven’t heard it net@night 114: The Netflix Prize

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    • Zach Dunn Author Editor

      @Andrew

      Thanks for pointing that out. We noticed that we had a couple dozen clicks coming in from that podcast link. I actually forgot to mention this, so I’m glad you brought it up. We were incredibly flattered that one of Leo Laporte’s shows gave us a shoutout. Glad to hear that you’re now a subscriber, we were wondering how many went to the site directly instead of following the referral.

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