I was having a chat with Craig McGinty
this morning and we got on to discussing the site's activity and how there's barely time to draw a breath when a new topic replaces one on the activity feed.
When I told Craig about the projected traffic for October he said wow!, you should tell the LJN members about this - it is such a positive thing for the community.
September saw just over 57,000 visitors over the two Landscape Juice sites reading just over 237,000 pages (although the record number of pages read in a month is still March 2010 at 275,000).
The end of September 2010 and beginning of October has hotted up (longer evenings?) and I estimate unique visitors to be in the region of 65-80,000 for this coming month and page impressions are on target for 325-425,000.
Last Monday, Gary enquired how many members were online
and what the record was so I took a screenshot there and then and as you can see, there were 77 people perusing the site at 20.45 GMT.
(there were 88 people on the site just a few minutes earlier but I failed to take a screenshot). Of the 77 people, about 35 of them were logged in as members.
So what are people looking for?
We can assume that members are logging in to catch up on the latest activity but there is also a high percentage of visitors who are actually searching for something using a search engine.
Here's a sample:
Devon Bank stone
landscape marketing associations norfolk
Moss killer for tarmac
Phil Evans marketing
The growth of the network is due to the shift in usage from directory/paper based marketing to online and especially social hubs.
I spoke to both our sponsors, Marshalls and Green-tech last week and both have told me that they are experiencing strong growth in visits through the use of the internet.
have just recorded a record financial year
and Chris Harrop
says that this year has brought record visitors to the Marshalls' website.
Whilst Landscape Juice cannot take all of the credit for their respective success, I'm confident that their presence on here, referrals through Twitter and newsletters and search related referrals through the site, have contributed massively - remember, each time a link is added, it is considered to be a point or two towards the recipient's SEO.
We are also seeing successes in terms of contracts won, Donny Bryan
told me yesterday that he won a contract in Liverpool (sent out in July 2010) that was sent out through the LJN leads group another LJN member won a contract in France through a partnership made through this site.
A LJN member also won the Southwark tree job through George
Well done everyone and thanks for making LJN such a success for us all and the whole of the industry.
Can you add something? Did you win a contract, make a contact, find a product or benefit from information you couldn't get elsewhere?