Last week I asked ProBlogger readers this question:
How Many Unique Visitors Does Your Biggest Blog Get Per Day?
Considering that a previous poll found that over 50% of my readers have been blogging for less than a year the following results don’t surprise me (as it generally takes 2-3 years to build a blog to it’s potential).
2144 readers responded and 35% of respondents get less than 100 visitors a day.
Here’s the percentage breakdown for each category:
0 – 100 – 35%
101 – 250 – 16%
251 – 500 – 12%
501 – 1000 – 10%
1001 – 2500 – 10%
2501 – 5000 – 6%
5001 – 10000 – 3%
10001 – 20000 – 2%
20001+ – 5%
While these statistics may be a little depressing – I think they are very worthwhile knowing for a number of reasons:
1. If you’re a PreBlogger (or a new one) – it’s worth knowing that building a blog with thousands of readers is not something that is as simple as signing up for a free blog tool, writing a few posts and expecting people to show up. Blogging takes work – time on a daily basis and time in terms of months/years of consistent blogging.
2. If you’re a blogger who is feeling discouraged by blogging and having a lack of readership – you’re not alone. Many (if not most) bloggers struggle to grow a blog’s readership.
3. There is hope – 5% of you have blogs with over 20,001 daily visitors. While this is a relatively small group when compared with other categories – it can be done.
One Last Thought
As I look over the above chart it strikes me that together as a community we have an enormous reach. I just quickly calculated an estimate of our combined readership by multiplying the number of recipients voting in each category by the mid point of that category (and by multiplying the 117 form the top category by the minimum value).
Using this calculation we have a combined Daily Visitor reach of 4,846,375. Considering that this blog is read by considerably more than the 2144 people who actually voted in this poll (we have about 15 times that many RSS subscribers) the numbers of who we reach each day is quite staggering.
I’m not sure what to do with that knowledge – but it does make me think that we should be working together more to support and build up one another in our readership. Food for thought.