The Tenth Month
We’re excited to have just finished out the tenth month of blogging in the web niche, and we’ve compiled a (slightly delayed) review of everything exciting to share.
This past month was our first back at school, so you won’t see as much explosive growth on daily traffic numbers. There were also several exciting developments that kept us busy right through the end of the month.
Let’s get started with the analytic summaries.
Traffic and Stats
The traffic from this month took a slight tip compared to the powerhouse of August.
Build Internet receives around 1250 search results per weekday.
In a stunning turn of events, we’ve finally reached every country in the Western Hemisphere. To our reader in Greenland, thank you for fulfilling a long standing dream.
Interested in a more comprehensive overview? You can grab the full report below.
For now, our two main sources of direct income from Build Internet are BuySellAds and Google AdSense. Over the past several months both have continued on an upward climb, but it wasn’t until this September that they started to reach considerable amounts.
While we’re not in the business of giving out exact numbers just yet, I will say that BuySellAds income has doubled since the beginning of the summer. Google Adsense has also surprised us, with several day streaks of two digits numbers. Paid guest posts on the blog may come sooner than we anticipated.
Subscribers and Followers
Steady climbs on all major rankings continued again this month:
- Twitter followers up from 3,711 to 4,122
- RSS subscribers up from 5,500 to 6,137
- Technorati ranking down from 4,919 to 4,231
- Alexa ranking down from 15,522 to 13,054
Top Content and Posts
Our most read posts during September 2009:
- Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery
- Why Your Next Website Should be Designed with Wireframes
- Fonts Used in the Logos of Popular Websites
- How to Make a Smooth Animated Menu with jQuery
- Sproing! – Make an Elastic Thumbnail Menu
Recommended Reading List
In last month’s review, we introduced a new section dedicated to highlighting interesting sites and blogs we’ve stumbled across. Below are three more sites well worth your attention in October 2009.
Inspect Element has been kicking around the web niche for a little over four months now, but I’ve been a fan since the start. There are plenty of useful articles focusing on topics like the advantages of blogging for web designers, and how to design usable buttons. In a niche where so many blogs rely on exclusively roundups, Inspect Element is a welcome addition.
Finding inspiration for elements in a page’s design can be difficult when you’re forced to sort through random pages. Pattern Tap is a collection of individual design elements — a morgue file for everything web. There are sections dedicated to everything from borders to breadcrumbs.
This last recommendation is a bit of self-promotion. As the latest member of the One Mighty Roar network, we’d like to think it’s worth your attention.
You Rather is a site dedicated to debate of “Would You Rather” questions for the masses. Since the launch announcement, You Rather has grown to 100 registered users, over 290 questions, and a total of 23,000 answers. Have a good idea? Submit a question of your own and see the response.
We received a very exciting email several days ago. There will be some exciting advances happening in the web niche over the next couple weeks and Build Internet is fortunate enough to be involved. Your curiosity will be fed soon.
Reader Survey to Follow
Later today we’ll be posting a reader survey for our ten month anniversary. It’s our hope that people will help us plan the coming months by letting us know what’s good, bad, and missing entirely.
Keep on Internet-ing,
Zach & Sam Dunn