There's always been a lot of talk about how Wizzley is a young site. Barely two years old, and therefore not yet able to make the sort of splash in the SERPs that writers expect from Squidoo, Hubpages etc. We all still bump into people who've never heard of Wizzley, but we're quick to introduce them.
Patience is key. On Wizzley, more than any other writing platform, we're largely looking towards jam tomorrow. Our day will come.
However, I've been seeing signs that this day is more than dawning. We might be as far into the morning as elevensies. (And if we're not, I'll have the cup of tea anyway, please.)
First up was Achim (who has access to the data for Wizzley as a whole) commenting on another thread. (How many writers on Wizzley?) He said that Wizzley's 'overall traffic has improved'.
I'd already reached that conclusion, though it's always good to hear it from the top! Here's how I knew:
I know that Alexa is flawed, as a tool by which to judge any site. It relies upon people downloading the toolbar, or otherwise feeding information back via another browser add-on. The majority of our readers wouldn't be bothered with all of that. Nevertheless, it's information.
Over the past few weeks, I've seen Wizzley rise quite swiftly in the traffic ranks. Back at the beginning of October, Wizzley was ranked between 81-82k. It's currently 66,367. I've been watching it edge a little higher every day.
In addition, look at this:
How freaking amazing is that? Readers are coming to our site, presumably following some link or search query, but getting interested in other articles too. The bounce rate wouldn't be so low if they weren't. Nor is it merely one other Wizzle that keeps them here. That looks like the average Wizzley reader is looking at 6.5 articles, before they disappear again. They're on-site for nearly ten minutes.
Go Wizzley authors! *cyber hi-fives everyone passing*
So how's that playing out on the ground? Well, I've had the shock of my life these past few weeks watching the progress of one of my articles. What Makes the Paranormal Activity Movies So Scary? was written in good time for Halloween. It spent the whole of that season on the front page of Wizzley. Relevant, topical and visible.
Since October 7th, when it first hit the Wizzley front page, I've had 2659 unique visitors investigate it. Hopefully some of them even read it! But the point here is that 98.9% of them were readers who'd found it via Wizzley!
I've always had a good readership amongst my Wizzley cohort, but never anything like this. It's usually anything between a handful and 100 people, shortly after publishing my Wizzle. This is different. Sheer numbers alone would make it so, but also the fact that it's sustained. It went on during the entire Halloween period, throughout the time when it was highlighted on the front page of Wizzley.
It's only dying down now that the article isn't so visible on the front page.
You know what I'm seeing here? (Other than my apparent failure in social networking that link out!) Those aren't 'my' readers, they are Wizzleys. People are coming here, and they're reading, and they're doing so in droves.
Anyone agree with my take on it? What stories are your own stats and observations telling you? Time for that elevensies cup of tea yet, or just the usual informal cuppa, while we get on with our work?
Sorry for the essay, but I wanted to share. :D