Serendipitously, CleanTechnica just hit the 50 million pageviews mark last night (on the last day of September). Granted, this is only for part of the site’s lifetime, as the site’s stats were reset in mid-2010 (the site was started in 2007), and there are other data issues that don’t allow us to know the precise number of pageviews or visitors CleanTechnica has received even since that time (such as downtime of the stat service, sometimes for days at a time; bots; and so on), but since the service says we just hit this nice round-number milestone, I figured I’d take the opportunity to thank all of you.
No doubt about it, it’s hard to succeed in the media world today. There is so much “free” content that there is much more competition for your attention. Furthermore, the advertising world has gone on a roller-coaster ride and, for many advertisers, all of that free content has brought down the “value” of advertising on a website.
But we have somehow not only stayed afloat, but grown to a much bigger size than I originally imagined when I joined the team. I don’t think I can thank all of you enough for that. Your decisions to read our content; to share it with friends, family, and coworkers on various social media networks and on email; and to engage via the comments under articles and in surveys have made our site tremendously better and more valuable. Without a doubt, you are a key piece of our success — maybe I should even say the key piece. Of course, without content, you wouldn’t be here. But without you, we wouldn’t be able to produce such content… at least not to nearly the degree we do today.
Aside from those 50 million pageviews, here’s another fun stat from the past ~5 years: 151,051 comments. The comment threads under articles have become one of the greatest things about our site, imho. The insightful and knowledgeable comments that add context, ideas, and fun to the stories we publish are simply amazing. Of course, there are a handful of regular commenters who are irreplaceable and prolifically helpful, but there are hundreds or even thousands of you who chime in here and there in order to advance and improve the conversation. You have created a community where countless people can come to learn, have a nice time, and get inspiration to bring with them into “the real world.” We can’t at all quantify how much this has helped individual humans or society as a whole, but I’m sure the effect has been large.
We have received numerous notes about how wonderful and impressive the commenting community is here. And we have been told by some crowdfunding campaigners that our articles drove more support than any other site, including large mainstream media sites and tech giants like CNET. These points, in my opinion, show that CleanTechnica has grown far beyond a typical news outlet and has become a sort of community (to repeat myself, for lack of a better word) that includes numerous avenues for the sharing of information and ideas — not simply a one-way street from the writers to the readers. It impresses me on a regular basis these days, and I’m in awe at how it has developed and what it has become.
So, a huge thanks. And please keep helping us to improve.
(And by the way, September 2015 was yet another record month for us, hitting 1,763,390 pageviews, a bit more than August’s 1,735,594 pageviews.)
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