Traffic was up 17% over last month. (Dec 25th – Jan 25th) This is pretty good considering we had a lot of new kindles and other reading devices purchased over Christmas. 31% of the users to the homepage were first time visitors. Remember though most of the traffic from the newsletters land the user on the individual page for that book.
For the month of December we ran a Facebook ad focusing on new readers. This turned out to be a success not only for site traffic but our daily newsletter list also grew to over 4000 from 3400. Like I say on the site we don’t have the biggest list for readers but we build an organic double-opt in list.
We had a small issue with the sign up form that was fixed within an hour back on the 26th of December. Some authors try to upload a large image file from their book that is too big for our server space. (Authors your image file should be under 200k in size) This was causing the site to hang especially on featured auctions where the payment window wouldn’t open.
Struggling Authors Giveback
I haven’t exactly worked out a plan for this but most of you know I like helping authors that are struggling and can’t afford our featured ad. I want to help others that help people. What is coming soon is if you donate clothes or give to the Wounded Warrior Fund I will give you a featured ad for free. Still working out details for now. Expect an announcement in a week or so. Still trying to figure out a way to police this. Maybe take a selfie with a receipt or something.
Social Media Is Growing