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Published on April 16th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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#1 Cleantech or Clean Energy Site — CleanTechnica

April 16th, 2012 by  


Update: CleanTechnica was #1 again in April & May. Also, checking Quantcast.com, we are #1 in the world (unless there happens to be a very popular German, Japanese, or other cleantech site I’m not familiar with).

Compete.com has just released its monthly stats (for websites of all sorts). For the third month in a row, CleanTechnica is the #1 site focused exclusively on the topic of cleantech or clean energy (based on the common/default “monthly visitors” metric). There are, of course, some larger sites that cover a broader range of topics (e.g. politics, animal and environmental news, the economy, science news, everything imaginable, and so on) that have more monthly visitors, but for sites completely focused on our cleantech or clean energy niche, we seem to be holding steady at #1.

Yet again, this offers an opportunity to say “Thank You!” (And to encourage you to keep hitting those sharing buttons!) But it also presents an opportunity to reflect on what CleanTechnica is all about and how it has gotten so popular.

Personally, my vision for how CleanTechnica tries to serve this world is thus:

  • we try to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives (related to everyday activities and consumer technology);
  • we try to inform by providing correct information on important energy and technology topics, especially addressing common myths and misunderstandings;
  • we try to usefully discuss the challenges facing clean energy and other cleantech — technical as well as socio-political challenges — and potential solutions to them.

People want solutions, and I think that’s what we’re all about. We touch on the problems to the extent that I think is necessary, but we don’t live dwelling on the problems. Rather, we live focused on finding and implementing the most helpful solutions.

I think that most people would rather see solutions than problems (though, there are many who are certainly addicted to looking at the problems), and I think that’s one key reason why CleanTechnica has grown as it has.

But maybe I’m off my rocker and in my own little CleanTechnica bubble. 😀 Let us know if the above rings true to you, or if CleanTechnica is about something else to you.

Also, I think I read every single comment on our site, and your feedback has without a doubt been key to my growth in this field and the site’s as well. So, again, thank you!


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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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