Friday, January 01, 2016

Traffic report 2015

The growth in site traffic this year was more than expected, as a surprising number of people initially stopped by to see what was going on with the Hugo Awards in August and then stuck around for the remainder of the year. Last year we saw a single 1.5-million pageview month; this year we had 10 in a row. All of the growth was at VP, as AG was pretty flat due to my sporadic posting there. But as was the case last year, 2015 finished very strong; December was not only up 30 percent over last December, but was the second-most-highly-trafficked month of the year.

In 2015, Vox Popoli had 16,211,875 pageviews and Alpha Game 4,565,094 for a total of 20,776,969 Google pageviews. The blogs are now running at a average rate of 56,923 daily pageviews. And yes, I do find it amusing that the blogs are now seeing considerably more genuine traffic than the "extraordinary amount" a certain SF blogger once lied about having. As for the running annual totals, they are as follows:

2008: 3,496,757
2009: 4,414,801
2010: 4,827,183
2011: 5,969,066
2012: 7,774,074
2013: 13,111,695
2014: 15,693,622
2015: 20,776,969

Thank you all for the part you have played in making that happen. However, there are some more important numbers that merit mention. 2015 ended with 465 Vile Faceless Minions pledging their mindless obedience to the Supreme Dark Lord and preparing for battle in 2016. Expect heavier use this year, VFM, as the SJWs react to our media offensive in a variety of means both fair and foul.

On Twitter, I ended the year with 6,230 followers and 14.628 million impressions for 2015. Not bad, but I can clearly put in a little more effort on that front.

Castalia House grew from 21 books published to 37, including 5 in print and 1 in audiobook. Book sales increased 145 percent and no less than six category bestsellers were published. We also added three editors, an Editor-at-Large, an Audio Editor, and a Blog Editor; see the Castalia blog later today for more details there. Speaking of the Audio Editor, the audiobook for Cuckservative is now available on Audible and Amazon, and is already one of the top 50 Philosophy audiobooks. We expect even faster growth for Castalia in 2016 with the release of upcoming books such as Riding the Red Horse Vol. 2 by Tom Kratman and Vox Day, Iron Chamber of Memory by John C. Wright, Clio and Me by Martin van Creveld, Do Buddhas Dream of Enlightened Sheep by Josh Young, and There Will Be War Vol. XI by Jerry Pournelle, among others.

And yes, one of those others will be A Sea of Skulls.

Thank you for your interest, even if it is no more than morbid curiosity, thank you for your support, and while 2015 was certainly intriguing, I believe 2016 is going to be absolutely extraordinary.

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Blogger Scuzzaman January 01, 2016 6:36 AM  

Vive la difference!

Blogger Salt January 01, 2016 6:41 AM  

Check your dates Vox. You say 2014 then in the list it's 2015. Ed.

Blogger JDC January 01, 2016 6:46 AM  

Congrats on your success. May it rise exponentially.

Blogger rumpole5 January 01, 2016 6:47 AM  

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His Face to shine upon you. May the Lord lift up His Countenance upon you, and give you His Peace. Happy New year to you and to all men of good will!

Blogger Jon M January 01, 2016 6:51 AM  

Snuck that audio book in just under the wire, didn't you? Well done, either way - looking forward to more great stuff in 2016. Keep making the world a better place in which to live, Vox.

Blogger VD January 01, 2016 7:01 AM  

Snuck that audio book in just under the wire, didn't you?

Can't wait to get the second one out. It sounds REALLY good....

Blogger Phillip George January 01, 2016 7:05 AM  

✠ Remember you are mortal.

Actually Vox its easier to lament with loses than empathize with success. Don't run the risk of popularity. The hits enoch powell got outlived him. His page views count more now than then. Better perhaps to be remembered well in death than lauded in life. JeSuisCharlie - the real thing.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 01, 2016 7:09 AM  

IMO the vast majority of rightist intellectuals want a Smart Badge from the left, you on the other hand would seem to be satisfied to see their corpses rotting on the field of battle.

Blogger VD January 01, 2016 7:11 AM  

Remember you are mortal.

It's pageviews, PG. If I didn't get carried away by selling six million games, I'm not going to be overly impressed by a few million pageviews.

I am one of the oldest players on my soccer team. I am VERY aware of my mortality.

Blogger VD January 01, 2016 7:16 AM  

IMO the vast majority of rightist intellectuals want a Smart Badge from the left, you on the other hand would seem to be satisfied to see their corpses rotting on the field of battle.

I understand the temptation. I don't find it particularly compelling myself, but I do understand why others do. I genuinely don't want their tainted honors or their poisonous regard. I can see the monstrous faces behind the self-important masks.

Blogger Rantor January 01, 2016 7:35 AM  

This is frikkin awesome! Sea of Skulls by March? My birthday is coming up you know.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 01, 2016 7:54 AM  

VD I guess it has something to do with your high T athletic background. Of course that doesn't explain a Jack Kemp uber cuck, but he channeled it to young chickies instead

Blogger Joshua_D January 01, 2016 8:00 AM  

Congrats, Vox. I'm looking forward to a Sea of Skulls. Have a joyful and prosperous 2016!

Blogger FALPhil January 01, 2016 8:04 AM  

A phenomenal year by any standard.

Now, let's make an even bigger impact this year. I am finally getting the attention of the people in my circles with respect to SJWism, the state of the world economy, and unrestricted immigration. What happens here is rippling out. The ripples are tiny now, but they are growing.

Blogger pdwalker January 01, 2016 8:13 AM  

TWBW XI? Oh happy day.

A Sea of Skulls? Please finish it this year if you can. It's an interesting world and I'd love to revisit it.

As for JW, i don't know what the book will be about, but it's a safe bet I'll buy it.

I hope you the coming year is even better.

Blogger DadOfTen January 01, 2016 8:33 AM  

See! This is what happens when you write a book like SJWAL. Now you have to worry about server capacity, telecom capacity, increased online security, too many comments to read online, countless multitudes of VFM's to manage, etc.

Scalzi on the other hand has no worries in life. Aren't you jealous????

Anonymous grey enlightenment January 01, 2016 9:10 AM  


Blogger Salt January 01, 2016 9:17 AM  

2016 is going to be da Bomb!

Anonymous wEz January 01, 2016 9:20 AM  

Ive been following you at VP for well over a decade Vox. Thank you. Love your insight and unique, thought provoking opinions.

Blogger Nate January 01, 2016 9:25 AM  

and yet there is no Quantum Mortis mentioned.... **grumble**

Blogger Dave January 01, 2016 9:43 AM  

Yes QM and TSCB please. There will be no dearth of topics in 2016. Post something, anything, about Trump and page views will zoom.

Blogger Jack Ward January 01, 2016 9:46 AM  

I agree with Nate. Another Quantum Mortis would be nice.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 01, 2016 9:48 AM  

@20 Nate:

and yet there is no Quantum Mortis mentioned.... **grumble**

Given how productively our war with the SJWs is going, our host should strictly limit his unrelated commitments to allow for engaging targets of opportunity without more direct disappointment of fans. Plus of course the next moves in the Hugo game require a time commitment, probably a substantial one.

Blogger Tamquam January 01, 2016 10:00 AM  

I'm thrilled to see that your site, and the movement you represent/spearhead is growing. I stopped by during the run up to the Hugo debacle and kept coming back because of the consistent, excellently presented relevant content. It is always a pleasure to jam a thumb in the eye of the SJW's, which I guess makes me an Ilk. Dread Ilk use marlinspikes dipped in habanero extract, and VFM use sodium tipped fids.

Ironic that the Armies of Light should be generalled by the Supreme Dark Lord. On to victory! Last one in is a puling San Francisco hand wringer.

A prosperous and victorious New Year Vox, Castalia House and all our allies.

Anonymous Type 5 January 01, 2016 11:33 AM  

I'm one of those who came for the Puppies and stayed for the racist, sexist, xenophobic fascism. Please keep up the good work.

Blogger Rabbi B January 01, 2016 1:34 PM  

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.

- Proverbs 22

Congratulations, Vox. It's truly an honor to play a small part in the trenches, and I thank you. Happy New year to you and yours. 2016 is going to be one helluva ride, I'm sure.

Blogger LP999 DUNE no Doom January 01, 2016 2:29 PM  

Awesome stats, Vox's intelligence won.

26 such order in wisdom. Proverbs 3:3 came to mind over the last few weeks, kindness, mercy, goodness and prayer for 2016

Blogger weka January 01, 2016 2:32 PM  

Since my small site has but 100K views a year, I bow.

Blogger John Williams January 01, 2016 4:08 PM  


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