When I started this 13 years ago. Wait. WHAT THE HELL, we had a birthday here a couple weeks ago, and I missed it. Thanks Kentucky Wonder for the idea. I recall thinking, when I started this “What in the hell can I talk about everyday in this little universe?” Oh, was I wrong! I dove into the rabbit hole of classic boats and have been spelunking around it with great joy and adventure.
But this winter could be the test. Taking the submarine to the bottom of the ocean of information. I am starting to see patterns and trends. So today I shall expound my observations having done this every day. Not one day missed. Here are some fun stats.
1,221,949 Spam Comments!
13,000,000 visits. This is a tad confusing since the site changed at one point. The current site has 9,000,000 views and started counting around mid year 2014 which leaves 7 years. We averaged around 1 million visits a year before that. Lets just say its a crap load. And not server stats which are like 3 times more. These are true verified real visits.
We have readers in almost every country. But who knows what they view or want. But the USA Is the largest, Then Canada, Germany, Finland Swedon, England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Wyoming. I am missing some.
The app has around 3,000 readers, and being rebuilt. It had major blowby.
Okay here is some stats on stories as requested.
The Most Painful Barn Find In History – 39,918
Glastron Had It Covered In The 1960’s – 36,496
Why Are Old Cruisers Not Worth More? – 31,230
Thinking Of Buying A Chris Craft Barrel Back? One Rule, Buy The Best. – 22,343
UGH ! 1960’s Boaton Whalers! – 18,960
Purchased From Sears In 1952, Brand was ELGIN – But Who Actually Made The Boats? – 17,090
Fiberglass Classics Are Cool – The Message Today… Don’t Discriminate… Appreciate! – 16,845
SPLASH BACK SATURDAY- Classic Fiberglass Shootout, Two Big Guns From The 70’s – Century Arabian vs Chris-Craft XK-19 – 15,356
1954 Kom-Pak Sportsman – Are Hotel Prices Getting You Down? – 14,283
One Click And A Whole New World Opens! Combo Cruiser On eBay! – 13,219
Not on the list but was a huge day was the day we were featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Over 20,000 views, but not much clicking and reading.
With all that said, if we get 10 views, 6 come back. You all stay on the site for about 3- 4 minutes. Most likely trying to figure out what I spelled.
Our banners and sponsors average a 1%-24% click rate. Yes I know its a wide margin. The general average in the rest of the universe is .02% so even a 1% is HUGE. But we also count views as part of the exposure.
SALES PITCH ALERT, SALES PITCH ALERT.. We are the only daily source of curated information about classic boats. The Number one website and news source for antique boats. Two factors are critical for your sponsorship dollars to work. Awareness and Frequency. I see you a lot. And I see you in other places. Which is why its smart to sponsor the ACBS, CCABC, AND Woody Boater, all play a part. But the clubs speak to themselves. So, its important to be where new people come to sniff around. Classic Boating magazine is good, and once again, Woody Boater. Its free, open 24/7, somewhat relevant, and great portal to the classic boat universe.
What does our 14th year look like? Will there be a 14th year? OH HELL YES. We are currently working on a huge shift forward. Stay tuned for the news.