Sunday, 7 February 2010

A MASSIVE thanks!

I've had a bit of a surge of followers and commenters in the last few weeks and I thought it'd be interesting to see just how many people are visiting my site. I've been monitoring website traffic on this site since Tuesday and have been astonished at the general number of people who've visited (nearly reaching the 200 mark in under a week!). I never thought I'd get this many. As you can see from the graph below, the number has been steadily increasing throughout the week.

The blue bar shows the amount of 'unique' visitors or people visiting the site from a certain IP address. This is most representative of the people visiting the site but the green bar shows the number of page loads. This means that a lot of those who visit are opening up my blog several times a day or looking all the way back through my posts to the older ones. I can't think why there's this steady increase in visitors but perhaps it has something to do with my increasing frequency of blog posts, that seems to help when blogs become popular!

So I'd just like to say a massive thanks to all those who've visited the site in the last week (and those who've visited in the past) and to all those who have elected to 'follow' the blog or leave a comment. It really means a lot to know there are people who find some form of entertainment in the blog. This will spur me on to paint A LOT more and try and get painted figures churning out much more frequently.

I was thinking of reducing the security surrounding comment posting on this blog as I've received a lot of very helpful and interesting comments lately and I may be missing out of some vital piece of advice from those who chose not to sign up. Do you think I should allow anonymous posters to post a comment? This would allow those who don't have an account to be involved. Good/bad idea?


BigRedBat said...

Well done; it's building nicely.

I'd not relax the security; there are too many chinese spammers out there! As you get more hits, it becomes more worthwhile putting spam posts on your site.

jmilesr said...

I would agree with BRB - Don't reduce the level of security on your site or you'll eventually get loads of spam and other types of objectionable material. If you want more hits and exposure consider posting your site in the TMP "Gamer Blog" forum or other more focused, war game related sites. Anyone who has something to contribute but doesn't want to go through the simple security probably doesn't have anything worth your time.

If you are considering trying to monetize your site via google or other adds remember it's the quality of the hits not the volume that can create value. Any significant volume needs to run in the 10's of thousands, which is pretty high for the historical gaming world. In other keep your day job.


BigRedBat said...

Yes, as jmilesr says, I post on the TMP Blog page once or twice each week, when I have new minis to show.