The passing of another year always seems to prompt the desire to look back and survey the landscape we’ve left behind. Despite the tough times all around, we managed to hang in there and even expand our horizons a bit in 2010. Following are a few stats and highlights from the past year.
- Our readership nearly doubled over the past year.
- Our busiest month ever was November of this year.
- Our busiest day ever was Novemebr 22, the day we opened voting in the Reader’s Choice portion of the “Why I Ride” Photo Contest.
- Our #1 referrer over the past year was Google (of course).
- Our #1 non-search related referrer was Rivendell (interesting!).
- The top 25 or so outgoing clicks were to our sponsor sites from their banner ads. The #1 non-sponsor related outgoing link was to Surly, followed closely by Cyclelicious.
- The #1 incoming search engine term was “ecovelo” (of course). The #2 incoming search engine term was “surly long haul trucker” (interesting, again!).
- Visitors to the site favored the Firefox browser, followed by Safari, then Internet Explorer.
- A whopping 72% of our visitors live in California.
- More of our visitors live in San Francisco than any other city, followed by Portland, then Seattle and New York.
- A disproportionately high percentage of Mac users visited the site.
- A disproportionately high percentage of college educated males with children visited the site.
- A majority of visitors browsed the site from work (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).
- Our EcoVelo Bicycle Gallery continues to be the most visited section of the site (other than the main page).
- Our long-term road test of the Rivendell Sam Hillborne was the most visited review.
- “Four Bikes, Four Bars” was the most visited technical page, followed closely by “Chain Maintenance for Clean Freaks”.
- The top op-ed piece was “Ruminations on the Ubiquitous Transpo Bike”.
- Polls were popular this past year (we hosted 30). “What’s Your Position on Position” was the top poll, garnering 840 responses; the overall average was around 600.
- “Stuff We Like” continued to be a popular series, with many of the entries in that category placing high in overall visits.
- We introduced an interview segment this past year. So far we’ve featured Joe Breeze from Breezer and Bryan Luce from Renaissance Bicycles. Look for more interviews in 2011.
The Photo Contest
The 2010 “Why I Ride” Photo Contest far surpassed our expectations. We received 277 amazing entries from all over the world. This was up from approximately 160 entries in 2009. We added an essay component this year which made the contest even more enjoyable (though, from all reports, much more difficult to judge). Our prize list was bigger than ever, with a Civia bicycle given away as the Grand Prize, and $750 worth of Rivendell gift certificates distributed between the top few photographers. In addition to that, our other sponsors donated a long list of awesome prizes that were distributed among the top group.
What’s in Store
We don’t have any grand plans for 2011 other than to keep doing what we’re doing while striving to polish and perfect the site. We have a number of exciting bikes and accessories lined up for review, a number of interesting people lined up for interviews, a handful of cool sponsors looking to come on board, some new camera lenses to put through their paces, and lots of bike riding and story telling to partake in. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and stick around to see what we have in store for you this coming year!
—Alan & Michael