Another Major LR Milestone
May 2009 was the best month we’ve ever had here at La Russophobe in terms of visitation. Every week during the month our traffic increased significantly from the week before, meaning we set a new all-time record every seven days. For the first time ever, we were visited more than 25,000 times in a single week, and by month’s end, for the first time ever, we had been visted more than 100,000 times in a single month! On top of all that, at mid-month (as we reported then) we received one-millionth visit. Wow. What a month!
And there’s more.
As the graphic above indicates, nearly 110,000 visits were paid to our blog in May, an increase of nearly 70% compared to our first month of operation here on WordPress in August 2008 (when we hosted just under 60,000 visits, itself a significant increase from our last month on the Google server, owing to the Russian invasion of Georgia that month) and a 15% increase over our best prior month, March 2009.
We are on pace to receive our two-millionth vistor before our fourth birthday rolls around in April 2010. By that time, the web pages we have created (over 6,000 of them) will have been viewed nearly four million times, an average of a million page views per year. No serious Russia blog in the world which is not organizationally supported can claim traffic remotely close to this level, and no Russia blog of any kind attracts as many reader comments as we do.
Generating 100,000 visits in a month means nearly 4,000 visits to this blog each and every day throughout the month, a very impressive achievement for a website devoted to a single topic which is not of general interest and focusing only on serious political analysis.
We are rapidly closing in on two more milestones, the 25,000th comment published on the blog and the display of one million visits on our counter, which has not yet reached one million because part of our traffic was received on our prior web address under the Google server. As far as we know, no Russia politics blog in the history of the world has displayed one million or more visits on a public counter. Very few Russia blogs, in fact, are as open with readers about traffic as we are, very few post a public visitation counter.
As we have said many times before, these accomplishments don’t belong only to those of us who produce the content for this blog but also, and equally, to those of you who read it. It is, in other words, what is described above is as much your achievement as it is ours, so pat yourself on the back!
And redouble your efforts. We have made tremendous progress since our founding, but there is far more work to do before Russia is freed from the yoke of neo-Soviet oppression. The most important thing you can do to help is to click the “SHARE” icon in the upper left corner of each post and use Digg or Stumbleupon or Reddit or any of the other available services to favorite our posts and circulate them to a wider audience. It’s especially crucial that our message go out as far and wide as possible now that the new Obama administration is formulating a revised Russia policy.