Welcome! 2013 has been a big year for us, as the site was born in September and has experienced growth in excess of our projections. We started this as a way to learn more about eCommerce in WordPress ourselves, as well as to give back to the community by providing an eCommerce-specific resource. Here are some stats and facts about Sell with WP in 2013 for our readers:
- Our site got 24 unique visitors the first day we launched on September 19. We’re now up to 6x that many visitors daily in just over three months, and pageviews are growing at 21% week over week.
- We’ve published 55 articles since we launched the site, and have featured a weekly roundup of eCommerce news every Friday since we’ve started.
- Want to see some of the feedback we’ve gotten in the past few months? Check out what people have been saying about us. Have something you want to add? Tweet us @SellwithWP and let us know!
- We’ve already been through one site redesign. We launched way before anything was perfect because otherwise we’d never churn out any content, and firmly believe in shipping before you’re ready anyway. Once we started writing, we couldn’t stop and leave everyone hanging. We’re still adjusting as we go.
- Many of you seem to be interested in WooCommerce, as 4 of our top 5 articles from the past three months are related to WooCommerce:
- eCommerce Guide: WooCommerce Review
- eCommerce Guide: Intro
- Customizing WooCommerce Order Numbers
- Creating Secure WooCommerce Downloads
- WooCommerce 2.1 Preview
(Of course, some of these are our oldest articles, so we’re curious to see how this turns out with 6-12 months of data. It’s also not surprising since WooCommerce has the largest user base of WordPress eCommerce plugins.)
- We’ve featured two guest posts outside of our core contribution team (Beka, Max, and Justin) so far, and have a few more in the works so that you get content from the people that best understand the topic at hand.
Where are we going in 2014? Good question. First and foremost, we’re committed to continuing to provide high quality content related to everything related to WordPress eCommerce. We’ve monetized some aspects of the site in order to allow us to purchase more products to review and to pay for site costs. We put some investment into hosting and setup / maintenance costs from the launch, but want the site to be self-sustaining, otherwise it will never survive long-term if it becomes a burden and it’s not worth the time to maintain it.
Monetizing the site allows us to ensure we can run it, and reinvest money it makes back into site development (like a custom theme at some point or products to review) and our content (which also includes the time we need to justify taking away from our jobs and getting to the point where we can compensate guest posters).
We’re continuing to improve readability and trying to improve site flow and navigation to make it easier for readers to find what they’re looking for and to find related and relevant content. Now that we have a better idea of the scope of the content we’ve written, we’re able to better categorize and tag posts so that you can find content you’re interested in.
The scope of our content is also expanding. We’ve been tackling big concepts so far, like choosing the right eCommerce plugin, or determining how you should set up a membership site. We’re looking forward to some plugin reviews, more tips and tricks, and technical reviews in addition to content that covers broad WordPress eCommerce questions.
We’re also working on getting some guest content from people with different competencies than our core contributing team. If we want to provide the best content possible, we need people that have an in-depth understanding of the topic at hand, and that may not be me since I don’t have extensive experience with every aspect of WordPress eCommerce. I’ve enjoyed learning more about WordPress simply by managing this site and seeking out people more knowledgeable than myself when I’ve had questions.
Interested in guest posting yourself? Let us know, as guest posting is also a great way to introduce our rapidly-growing readership to your product or service.
Have any advice for us? Suggestions on things you think could be improved, or feedback on what you’ve liked so far? What else would you like to see? Let us know in the comments. We’d really love to hear it and appreciate any feedback or comments on our progress so far.
Thanks so much for being a part of our growth and community! We wish you all a very Happy New Year’s celebration, and will catch you on the flipside 😉 .