BlogStorm was launched on Thursday 7th June and the first week was certainly a success. We received lots of positive press as well as a nice stream of traffic from some of the popular blogs and social networking websites.
The main referrers are listed in the report below from Google Analytics. As you can see Digg sent a load of traffic as did del.icio.us and Stumble Upon.
Most readers might be surprised to see SU sending so many visitors but if you can create some really top quality content and seed it with a thumbs up its really not too hard to see over a thousand visitors.
Some of you will no doubt want to know how much we have spent on the site so here are the stats so far, which don’t really compare to the $12,107.09 Kawasaki wasted on his new site.
- $0. The total development cost was zero since I coded the site myself. Taking into account my $60 per hour charges the costs might be considered a bit higher than zero, however.
- $0. We haven’t done any marketing of the site yet, I have a budget for this in the future though.
These figures just go to show the power social media can have in launching a site. Forget about paying for conventional marketing, just make sure you hire somebody who can work the blogosphere.
Thanks to the following for their support:
Al, Self Made Minds
I reckon Patrick has come up with a winning tool here and I must admit I do have the feeling of “Why didn’t I think of that”, nice job.
Azzam from OS Candy
If you look over at the site you will noticed that the A list of blog sites are tracked by BlogStorm a marvellous feat and achievement for one man in the humble hills or Yorkshire, UK.
Darren Rowse, Problogger noticed how many links one of his posts had attracted and commented that BlogStorm
could be useful as a blogger wanting to track incoming links on your own blog on a post by post level.
Michael Arrington, TechCrunch
a great way for bloggers to see which of their posts are more popular.