Climate Progress at one year: Traffic statistics

A lot of blogs publish their statistics, and since I am preparing a first year report for the powers that be (TPTB), I thought I would share the numbers with you. I also wanted to thank all of you for reading the blog and solicit your advice for improving it.

Climate Progress was launched on the one-year anniversary of hurricane Katrina because my brother lost his home in the storm, and that led me to begin talking to climate scientists so I could advise him on whether he should rebuild his home (I had studied physical oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). And that led directly to my book, which led to this blog.

We relaunched the blog in early January with its current design. Then, at the suggestion of TPTB, I began posting three or four times a day in mid-May. Since then, readership has soared.

Unique visitors in August (37,000) are up 50% from July. We now have 8 times the readers we had in January.

Visits (73,000) and pages read (167,000) are both up 40% from July. We have 6 times the number of visits we did in January and 4 times the pages read.

The most read post of the month and year (by far) was: Must read from Hansen: Stop the madness about the tiny revision in NASA’s temperature data! It ended up with 35 links and 16,000 views. Much of that came from Slashdot and my (big) sister site, ThinkProgress.

We will be redesigning the site this month to make it easier to

  • get our feed
  • email posts
  • link to social networking sites like digg and delicious and stumbleupon (if you’ve never heard of them, click on one when you have some time to spend surfing the best of the net).

I certainly welcome any suggestions you have for the site. I do not think I will change the banner, color scheme, or two-column design, but I am not happy with the right-hand column, so that is where my major focus is.

3 Responses to Climate Progress at one year: Traffic statistics

  1. Paul K says:

    Congratulations on your success as a blogger. I’ve been a daily reader since first visiting in early July. Climate Progress is well written and filled with useful information. Your willingness to post and respond to opposing points of view and answer questions is commendable.

  2. Percy Percy says:

    I’m a relatively recent reader, with a daughter at Tulane. What did you advise your brother?

  3. Dr_Bob says:

    It seems like your brother is always around where there is a GW catastrophe….first in New Orleans with the hurricane and and then in Minneapolis with the bridge. Talking of which, has there been any definite reasons given as to why the bridge collapsed?

    Congratulations on the success of your blog! I don’t agree with all your views but I appluade the way you stick to them!