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2011: Blog Traffic Up 26%


I am not someone that likes to gloat or brag, and that’s is the primary reason I don’t generally publish my sales in DNJournal nor do I write about anything related to how much money I earn. However, someone linked to my blog’s Compete chart in a comment on  Mike Berkens’ blog, and that anonymous coward said traffic was down 59% year over year.

I think TechCrunch put it best: “If You Cite Compete Or Alexa For Anything Besides Making Fun Of Them, You’re A Moron.”

For the sake of transparency, I am happy to share my year over year traffic numbers, with the matching Google Analytics screenshots. In 2010, my blog received a total of  460,110  Visits, which I think is pretty solid. In 2011, my blog’s traffic increased to 581,731 visits, an increase of 26%.

I also use Stat Counter to help verify traffic and because I like it’s interface. Stat Counter listed  607,299 visits to my blog in 2011 vs. 453,251 visits in 2010, which would indicate a 34% increase in traffic.

As for my business, 2011 was also pretty good. For comparison purposes only, 2011 ranked as my second highest income generating year since 2003.

2011 Traffic:

2010 Traffic:

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (19)


    I am responsible for three dozen visits 🙂

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ SpliTop

      Very kind of you… thanks for coming.

      January 3rd, 2012 at 1:23 pm


    There is quality information on your blog. It’s valued in the industry, and you deserve every bit of your success, good job 🙂 Happy New Year and best wishes in your future endeavors.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Domain Shane

    There’s a reason you are one of the top read blogs. You do a great job. I DO like to brag about things that are achieved from hard work and the success of your blog is a result. Thanks for sharing the numbers. I’ve never understood why people hide their traffic other than to hide their real numbers. It’s not bragging, it’s data.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Domain Shane

    I appreciate the compliment – thank you.

    “It’s not bragging, it’s data.”

    I would imagine some people would think it’s bragging.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Poor Uncle

    I watched a punch of video on domainsherpa.com and they consistently said business been down big compare to a few years ago. Congrats Elliot.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Poor Uncle

    Thanks… I work quite a bit at making deals happen. It’s not easy to make a living in the domain business, but it’s rewarding for those who put the effort into it.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Banking Jobs

    Good job elliot…As long there are readers like us who want to more about the domain industry through your eyes, the traffic would only increase!!

    I hope this traffic data would become a news by itself, with fellow domainers linking to you 🙂

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 pm


    Half the domainers early on got it right and half went broke.
    At least it seemed that way. i was one of the ones that went broke. People lay it on thick to when your broke. That is the time you realize who your friends are.
    You have to protect your business. Don’t let a dirtbag say your business is drying up. Prob posted anonymously.
    I started again with around $1000 and made a nice comeback.
    I found out most people are either full of hot air or just plain liars/scumbags. Makes you waste your time to counter his lie.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Elliot Silver

      “Makes you waste your time to counter his lie.”

      @ Steve

      Yeah, I suppose, but it’s also good for me to know the numbers.

      January 3rd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Tyler D

    Elliott –

    You consistently provide good and relevant info. on domaining. Forget the haters….n good luck to your continued success.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Jason Thompson

    The truth is in the stats you just posted. I for one have seen your blog pop up on Google News a number of times while searching for domaining stories. That in itself tells me you must be receiving a steady flow of traffic. Congrats!

    January 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 pm


    I have visited your site at least 580,000 times last year so other than me and your mom, I don’t think there are many others reading your blog. Sorry to break the bad news 🙂

    January 3rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    George Pickering

    @Elliot – that is one sign of success, people taking cheap shots at you thru anon message board posts.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ George

      So petty and lame… not like I even have competitors who might be keen on cheap shots. My success in the domain industry does not come at someone else’s loss or peril.

      January 3rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    Congrats Elliot On traffic and looking forward to visit your blog in the new year. We learn a lot from you. Thank you! Thats why your traffic is up, we keep learning each day.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Tasha Kidd

    Wishing you continued success, Elliot!

    January 3rd, 2012 at 6:38 pm



    Thanks for keeping up your end of the job…

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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