There’s nothing I love more than when I log into the WordPress stats system and see another spike in traffic. The only issue is when I know that the spike isn’t sustainable, such as the massive near-doubling of our traffic in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. I knew that the ride wouldn’t last, and as traffic slipped back to “normal” levels, it was slightly concerning. But in the last two quarters, I’ve happy to see our numbers continue the previous trend of steady growth. And we are indeed firmly back on track . .
Like I said, the “slump” following the post-Newtown gun control furor was a little ulcer-inducing. Watching every day as the numbers dipped was driving me to drink. But finally, we bottomed out. And then I watched as the numbers started climbing again, following the general trend that we’ve been seeing for the previous years.
Even the number of unique visitors slumped after the bubble burst. I think it was mainly due to people burning out on gun-related news, and needing a break. Whatever the reason, it looks like they’re back now. At our peak we were seeing over 1.2 million readers a month. We’ve now gotten back to around 1.1 million. And climbing.
Here are the top 15 articles from this quarter:
- Black Man Shoots White Teen, Jury says Self Defense. And Nobody Cares
- Gun Review: Ruger LC9
- Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport
- Gun Review: Glock 19 Gen4 9X19mm
- Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield
- Gun Review: Hi-Point C9 9mm Pistol
- Gun Review: FN Five-SeveN
- Gun Review: Mosin-Nagant
- Gun Review: Beretta Nano
- Gun Review: Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD 38 and BODYGUARD 380
- Gun Review: Ruger SR22
- Chicago Firearms Confiscation Begins
- Gun Review: SIG SAUER P226
- Ammunition Review: .300 AAC Blackout
- Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD-S .45 ACP
As always, gun reviews lead the hit parade of traffic generators. Google loves us and our objective, thorough reviews seem to hit the spot when people are researching new guns. We’ll be churning out even more reviews this quarter and giving our dedicated readers a peek at some brand new companies, some well-established makers and some historical guns to boot. It’s gonna be fun.
In the meantime, we will continue with the politics and important gun-related news that you have come to rely on us to provide on a daily basis.
Keep reading — it only gets better from here.
And for those who doubt the numbers (as some do), here’s the readout from Google Analytics.