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Monday, January 01, 2018

Traffic report 2017

2016 was an absolutely extraordinary year. 2017 was considerably less explosive in terms of traffic growth, and was even a step backwards in several regards, but was nevertheless important due to a number of structural revisions being made behind the scenes that will provide a stronger foundation for future growth in the coming year.

In 2017, Vox Popoli had 31,216,357 pageviews and Alpha Game 3,952,482 for a total of 35,168,839 Google pageviews. The two blogs are now running at a average rate of 96,366 daily pageviews, up from an average 85,341 last year. The running annual pageview totals 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
2016: 31,149,628
2017: 35,168,839

In August, I stepped away from blogging at Alpha Game, due to a lack of time and a growing lack of interest in the subject. I've learned what I wanted to learn and said what I wanted to say about intersexual relations; if I happen to write more on the subject, it will probably be in the form of a book. Lee Jackson has picked up the slack at AG and has already turned it around, so I'm glad to see that the community there will remain active.

The biggest blog news in 2017 was the unexpected magnitude of the success of the Alt★Hero crowdfunding campaign. As a result, we'll be introducing two comics imprints in 2018, Arkhaven and Dark Legion. Arkhaven will be the comics and graphic novels that we produce ourselves, while Dark Legion will be our vehicle for publishing comics and graphic novels produced by others.

Castalia House expanded from 65 titles to 96, with 38 titles available in print and 24 in audiobook. Book sales increased 40 percent, with print accounting for 16 percent of the total. Infogalactic had some ups and downs as far as stability was concerned, but it is still going strong as we work towards the release of the DONT PANIC engine, while Infogalactic News and Infogalactic Tech were launched and have grown steadily in popularity. On the downside, Brainstorm was essentially shut down midway through the year due to GoToWebinar shenanigans following the sale of the company, which is why we're going to move it to a different voice-only service this month. And we didn't quite manage to launch Voxiversity in 2017, but we will do so soon.

I've also begun blogging more often at DevGame, since we'll be launching four games there this year and probably doing one game-related kickstarter this summer that should be of considerable appeal to strategy gamers. For more information about that, be sure to visit DevGame from time to time in the new year. We will also be launching a complete site redesign of Castalia House in 2018, including dedicated forums and wikis.

Thanks to everyone who continues to read VP and to those who support one or more of the various endeavors that have emanated from it. Thanks especially to the Infogalactic Burn Unit, the Alt★Hero backers, the Castalia volunteers, and the Brainstorm crew, all of whom have come together in a spirit of cooperation to make these various projects viable.

2017 was a year for building foundations that should lead to constructive consequences in 2018. Of course, it would not be an annual report without a resort to our old comparable with "the most popular blog in science fiction." Since I'm no longer the primary blogger at Alpha Game, I have removed it entirely from the equation. Gammas are certainly free to posture as they will, but the facts are the facts, however uncomfortable they might be. As for other metrics such as movies and whatnot, well, we haven't even begun exploring those arenas. But I expect we will, in time.

And I anticipate that what we will do there will be very similar to what we have done here. The ride never ends.

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63 Comments:

Blogger Shimshon January 01, 2018 5:09 AM  

Whatever isn't winning.

Blogger Shimshon January 01, 2018 5:11 AM  

I would love a Vox Day book on Game. I think your take would be superior to everything out there. And I bought several by Manosphere authors).

Anonymous Looking Glass January 01, 2018 5:17 AM  

I don't want what Whatever is smoking.

Congrats to Vox & crew, and may 2018 be even more successful.

Blogger The Observer January 01, 2018 5:24 AM  

s a result, we'll be introducing two comics imprints in 2018, Arkhaven and Dark Legion. Arkhaven will be the comics and graphic novels that we produce ourselves, while Dark Legion will be our vehicle for publishing comics and graphic novels produced by others.

I'm calling it ahead of time: SJWs will accuse Vox of ripping off Arkham and Dark Horse for name recognition.

Thanks to everyone who continues to read VP and to those who support one or more of the various endeavors that have emanated from it. Thanks especially to the Infogalactic Burn Unit, the Alt★Hero backers, the Castalia volunteers, and the Brainstorm crew, all of whom have come together in a spirit of cooperation to make these various projects viable.

One of the problems of the traditional right is that they don't network and do fellow back-scratching in the same way the left does, out of a cucky sense of fairness or for oher reasons.

The Alt-Right has no problem supporting its own and rejecting the enemy.

To a very interesting new year ahead!

Blogger JK January 01, 2018 5:33 AM  

Bravo Vox. I am in awe. All my best for 2018

Anonymous Rocklea January 01, 2018 5:36 AM  

Congratulations on a truly phenomenal year. The amount you and the crew give, is truly astounding. I am however going to ask for more. Periscopes. As a Voxiversity subscriber, I would not be at all offended if you started scoping again. Polished content is good, but I don't mind raw footage from Dark Lord's throne room. Besides, if you want something done, give it to the busy guy.

Anonymous Philipp January 01, 2018 5:36 AM  

Happy New Year everybody!

I would like to thank VD and everybody who supports Infogalactic, AltHero and Castalia House. Keep up your excellent work.


Blogger VD January 01, 2018 5:53 AM  

One of the problems of the traditional right is that they don't network and do fellow back-scratching in the same way the left does, out of a cucky sense of fairness or for other reasons.

We still haven't mastered it. But some of us are working on exchanging cooperation for rivalries.

Blogger VD January 01, 2018 5:54 AM  

I am however going to ask for more. Periscopes.

I will do one today. Then I will resume them once the first Voxiversity is released.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 01, 2018 6:10 AM  

Congrats on all your endeavors, Vox. I'm envious of your energy and drive. Keep it up, we need to good guys that have talent and brains to lift us up.

Anonymous Rocklea January 01, 2018 6:15 AM  

"One of the problems of the traditional right is that they don't network and do fellow back-scratching in the same way the left does, out of a cucky sense of fairness or for oher reasons."

I'm just rereading AC r/K Selection theory at the moment. I think one of the reasons is that the right compete under an accepted rules based system. The rules are out the window now because of the culture war. Or older rules are coming to the fore. I do wonder how much Trump's economic boom will effect the rise of nationalism though.

"I will do one today." Sweet, I look forward to it.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 01, 2018 6:15 AM  

It's interesting that you've exhausted yourself at AG just as the Weinstein et al scandals hit, which is making your social-sexual hierarchy analysis so very cogent.

You've prepared so many of us to be better able to understand this whole thing properly. Thanks for that.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 01, 2018 6:18 AM  

Rocklea wrote:I do wonder how much Trump's economic boom will effect the rise of nationalism though.

Yeah, I do have mixed feeling about that, for sure. Will it cause a delay in the rightward movement, amping up the rabbitry with more resources? Extending the bubbles to even higher and more dangerous heights?

Anonymous Rocklea January 01, 2018 6:25 AM  

"Extending the bubbles to even higher and more dangerous heights?"

The old sayings work. Make hay while the sun shines. Trust in God but row away from the rocks.

Blogger Shimshon January 01, 2018 6:26 AM  

"I will do one today. Then I will resume them once the first Voxiversity is released."

Hopefully one that won't be memory-holed, so I can enjoy it the next morning.

Anonymous I'm Not a Fascist. But My Sons Are. January 01, 2018 6:27 AM  

The actual metrics are likely quite a bit more impressive than indicated.

Visitors using browser add-ons like Ghostery aren't going to register in Google Analytics at all nor are users visiting on Brave with "Block Scripts" enabled (unless they poast, in which case Block Scripts must, at least temporarily, be enabled). Double VPNs, VPN over Onion, etc, etc. It stands to reason that your blog's users are going to be taking such measures far above and beyond the mean.

I occasionally wonder, Vox, why you elect to not migrate Vox Popoli to your own server, if for no other reason than to have access to accurate, server-side analytics.

Regardless, good things in 2018.

Anonymous Hammerman January 01, 2018 6:30 AM  

But MUH enormous lawn and TV show!

Congratulations to Vox and the teams!

Anonymous Looking Glass January 01, 2018 6:33 AM  

@11 Rocklea

Many of the "rules" are instinctive understandings, which the Left either lacks or has murdered with drugs. The Left is always suicidal & homicidal, and people that think in the terms of keeping their civilization running tomorrow don't think that way.

Burning Heretics at the Stake is the necessary good that any Christian nation must undertake. That's really our problem. We have an infestation of the genocidal in the West that want rivers of blood, and, for most of the population, it's very hard to understand someone can be that insane.


@13 Duke Norfolk

American "rabbits" have already collected in the Blue States. Non-American ones haven't. Thus the immigration aspect to this.

Blogger VD January 01, 2018 6:37 AM  

I occasionally wonder, Vox, why you elect to not migrate Vox Popoli to your own server, if for no other reason than to have access to accurate, server-side analytics.

On the basic principle of not fixing that which is not broken. We already have multiple backup sites running just in case. It would take a matter of seconds to switch. But when you're seeing between 21 percent and 59 percent growth per year, why mess with it?

We are going to completely revamp Castalia House design, but that is because we need a much more functional site to accommodate the Alt-Hero needs. Also, the traffic there is nowhere near as high, so there is much less to disrupt and the new site functionality will bring in far more new traffic than is lost.

Anonymous I'm Not a Fascist. But My Sons Are. January 01, 2018 6:50 AM  

I understand. I do want to emphasize for everyone, however, as is bears emphasis, that the metrics posted are at least as good as they indicate.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 01, 2018 6:52 AM  

Also, since VP doesn't run normal ads, hyper-accurate traffic information isn't as important, though don't fix what isn't broke when someone else actually pays for the platform.

When in Babylon, be like Daniel.

Anonymous daddynichol January 01, 2018 6:59 AM  

Congratulations, Vox, and to all the support team. Job well done!

Blogger Marsh 01701 January 01, 2018 7:04 AM  

A happy New Year to Vox and to all readers and supporters. Finding this site a few years back was transformative, looking forward to more growth and learning. Love the authors at C House and looking forward to renewing my love of comics real soon. There is something about this blog that make me feel like part of a community, when I read other blog comments it feels more like a petty street brawl. Here I come away if not wiser, more astute. Looking forward to Vox U too.

Anonymous Killua January 01, 2018 7:06 AM  

Congratulations! And happy new year to all.

I am sure the traffic 2018 will be much higher because of the huge success Alt Hero will be.

Anonymous Jeff January 01, 2018 7:34 AM  

Vox,

Do you think part of the slowdown in traffic growth here is due to your Twitter absence?

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) January 01, 2018 7:46 AM  

Congrats vox

Blogger VD January 01, 2018 7:54 AM  

Do you think part of the slowdown in traffic growth here is due to your Twitter absence?

Not at all. The growth in 2016 was a one-off due to it having been a presidential election year. November 2016 was an absolute monster with 3.5 million pageviews. But the second- and third-highest traffic months ever were August 2017 (2.9M) and December 2017 (2.8M).

If anything, not being on Twitter or Gab has modestly boosted the blog traffic. I suspect not being on Twitter has cost us a few book sales, though.

Blogger Autumn Millennial January 01, 2018 7:59 AM  

Happy New Year and thank you! I'm forever grateful for what this blog, Vox Day, and several commentators have done for my life. I came across this goldmine nearly a decade ago as a teenager and haven't stopped learning. The encouragement and wisdom here is much appreciated. You've helped me become a source that God is using to influence the fallen around me. Thank you and God bless.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 01, 2018 8:06 AM  

Outstanding work, Vox! Congratulations! Best to you and your family in 2018! That goes for the Dread Ilk, Ilk, VFM, Lurkers, and project backers as well!

Blogger McChuck January 01, 2018 8:42 AM  

You know, I used to think of Scalzi as the recurring villain here. Now I realize his Indian name is "Little Running Gag."

Blogger Robert Browning January 01, 2018 8:45 AM  

No way, The Daily Caller, the Blaze or the Daily Wire are more popular. No way.

Anonymous Rocklea January 01, 2018 9:17 AM  

I think "Little Running Gag" has Vox exactly where he wants him. Judging from that graph, he's using the tortoise strategy, with flawless execution.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville January 01, 2018 9:28 AM  

Its -6 in Bradford, Ohio and John Scalzi's career is as cold and dead as a witch's left tit. He is beyond event horizon of irrelevancy.

OTO congrats on a blisteringly hot 2017. I'm a Voxiversity subscriber too, and can't wait to see what comes.

Blogger Cubby8126 January 01, 2018 9:56 AM  

Any details on the strategy game vox? Army vs army? World domination?

Blogger Nate January 01, 2018 10:01 AM  

2017 was a fantastic and challenging year.

Hard to ask for much more than that.

Blogger Shimshon January 01, 2018 10:08 AM  

@34 Nate, ask for more winning.

Blogger Lovekraft January 01, 2018 10:21 AM  

@ 23 Marsh:

A Morrissey lyric comes to mind: "I take my cue from certain people I know." VoxDay is one of those people.

Further, think of this as a regrouping point where many of us are out in the field, collecting recon info, bringing it back and processing it.

Blogger pdwalker January 01, 2018 10:39 AM  

Castalia House expanded from 65 titles to 96, with 38 titles available in print and 24 in audiobook

Not bad for a vanity press. We should all be so lucky to be so vain!

As for that graphic with the traffic comparisons, all I could do was Laugh Out Loud. For real.

Happy New Year Vox, and may this one be at least as good as the last one.

PS: Please continue the "Corroding Empire" series, if possible. However, if you have to wait on that whatever fella, I'll understand.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 01, 2018 10:40 AM  

AlphaGame kind of reflects the state of the AltRight.

Game was one of the cradles for the movement but eventually you have to leave the nursery.

The Millennial boys needed Game when they found out everything they had been taught was a lie but for some reason I don't think Gen Zulu will.

They don't seem to be drinking the of the koolaid like their big brothers did.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 01, 2018 11:32 AM  

@38 Cataline Sergius

Once you have the foundational elements, all you're really doing is arguing about minor details. It's quite hard to make a multi-year blog about Newtonian physics, for instance, but you can't talk endlessly about application.

There will, over time, form a core group of texts on the subject that we can pass to those, but that will take time. Right now, it's in the collective minds of thousands of Men.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 01, 2018 11:55 AM  

Scalzi would sell better if Tor hired sensitivity readers, that they do not is proof that Tor is sexist, racist and homophobic.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 01, 2018 11:58 AM  

VD wrote:We already have multiple backup sites running just in case. It would take a matter of seconds to switch. But when you're seeing between 21 percent and 59 percent growth per year, why mess with it?

I hope your IT guy(s) have tested this under load because I expect to see the first hints of serious infrastructure problems due to low-trust identity politics this year.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 01, 2018 11:59 AM  

We got more books, actual comics two new imprints, a great CH blog and a partridge in a pear tree. Pretty good from Vox for a year.

We don't hear as much about the lawn now that Correia owns a freaking mountain.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 01, 2018 12:03 PM  

Anyway, these are pretty good stats, and the book sales are particularly encouraging. I know I'm on your shitlist right now but I still ask that you would spend a bit of this year facilitating Ivan Throne's Alt-Church project and local networks besides.

Blogger Azimus January 01, 2018 12:14 PM  

I think at this point Whatever and Chuckles the Rabbit King can be comfortably set aside as a gut check for blog growth. Congrats, very sincere congrats on capitalizing on the 2016 momentum and growing it in 2017! I look forward to 2018!

Blogger VD January 01, 2018 12:24 PM  

I think at this point Whatever and Chuckles the Rabbit King can be comfortably set aside as a gut check for blog growth.

You clearly don't know me at all.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 01, 2018 12:46 PM  

@43 VD

When in Rome, be Cato the Elder.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 01, 2018 12:59 PM  

VD wrote:You clearly don't know me at all.

It's not enough to defeat the self-declared enemy, you must humiliate him. You must make him afraid to even mention your name. You must make of him an example, his reputation a touchstone of stupidity, cuckery and pathetic gamma effeminate douchebaggery that will be remembered long after his career and fame have dissipated.

In 20 years, Scalzi will primarily be known as an example to others.

We cartoon supervillians know these things.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker January 01, 2018 2:05 PM  

Scalzi cannot write books and blog well at the same time. Therefore he tweets morning, noon, and night.

Blogger Thanks, J. January 01, 2018 3:15 PM  

>>>if I happen to write more on the subject, it will probably be in the form of a book.

It would likely sell big and be a classic of that category. It would be highly entertaining, insightful as hell, fascinating, AND trigger the ever living crap out of SJWS. In other words, please add it to your lenghty to do list.

Blogger Miguel Bárbaro January 01, 2018 5:17 PM  

"Gammas are certainly free to posture as they will, but the facts are the facts"

LOL

Anonymous Avalanche January 01, 2018 6:08 PM  

@9 "I am however going to ask for more. Periscopes.

Vox: I will do one today."

"Ahuuuuugah! Ahuuuugah! All hands, man your battle stations! All hands, man your battle station! Stand by for orde... CELEBRATION!!"

Happy New Year y'all!!

Anonymous Avalanche January 01, 2018 6:15 PM  

@4 "the traditional right is that they don't network and do fellow back-scratching"

Now that I am more financially stable (although I gotta write, Castalia House is NOT helping there! Not a complaint though: I seem to be building a great eLibrary!), I set aside $100 a month and send it around: $50 to the Derb,$50 to Sailer one month; $100 to VDare another; $50 to Judicial Watch; and so on. (Plus, of course monthly to Voxiversity and I danced at the Alt*Hero party -- but that's not related to the $100 a month!)

Do I (CAN I) give a huge gift? No. But if EVERYONE sent $50 a month (or $25, or just $5!), our fellow Rightists would be in a lot better place! ESPECIALLY as the Left keeps "demonetizing" and penalizing them! Pass it on? Do what you can! (Even if it's just writing reviews for Castalia authors on Amazon!)

Anonymous Avalanche January 01, 2018 6:22 PM  

@38 "The Millennial boys needed Game when they found out everything they had been taught was a lie but for some reason I don't think Gen Zulu will.
They don't seem to be drinking the of the koolaid like their big brothers did."

They got to watch their big brothers get poisoned! They're wise to it!

Anonymous Anonymous January 01, 2018 9:52 PM  

@9 Well what"s with the delay or did I miss it!?

Blogger Vanners January 01, 2018 10:02 PM  

Hate to break it to you Vox, but Whatever isn't a "comparable site" anymore. You need to aim higher.

Blogger EscapeVelocity January 01, 2018 11:34 PM  

Happy New Year, Vox!

Anonymous Azimus January 02, 2018 12:21 AM  

@43, @45

Forgive me, I am a novice at evisceration... each day on VP teaches me something new about the dark arts of the SDL and his Ilk...

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly January 02, 2018 12:39 AM  

@53. Come on cuz...there was just a post yesterday about replacing DC and Marvel. Think the aim is set alright. Relax and strap in for another year.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( the Original Militant Apathist ) January 02, 2018 2:04 AM  

35. Shimshon January 01, 2018 10:08 AM
Nate, ask for more winning.



i would ask for more winning ... only, i never stopped.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 02, 2018 3:53 AM  

November 2016 was an absolute monster with 3.5 million pageviews.

How much of that in the 24 hours of election day? That was a hella comment thread.

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly January 02, 2018 6:31 AM  

@57 site views up for two notable events: election day and back in...may? When the mods released the Kraken upon the unsuspecting commetariat.

Blogger Paulie Boy January 05, 2018 7:31 AM  

All the cool kids are at The Stormer.

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