I don't often talk about ASF's traffic levels, but in March we passed the fairly significant milestone of one million page views in a month and I thought that was something worth mentioning.
For those unfamiliar with the lingo, every time an ASF member or unregistered visitor clicks onto the next page of a thread, or returns to the forum index... anything that requires a new page to load, they generate what is referred to as a page view. Last month ASF registered just over one million of them (see first chart below). In the three charts below the blue dots represent unique visits and correspond to the left axis while the gold dots represent page views and correspond to the right axis.
As a contrast back in December 2005, a mere 15 months ago, ASF only registered around 138,000 page views. (see second chart below) Since that time, traffic to ASF has grown by around 600-700%. Of course, that means things like ramping and fights on the forum have also increased by a smiliar amount. So if the mods or I seem a little cranky occasionally, there's your reason!
The third chart below illustrates all of ASF's growth from December 2005 to March 2007, month by month. It is also worth noting that the amount of returning visitors each month (those who have visited in previous months) remains consistently high at well over 80%.
Anyway, I thought some might appreciate that little update. Thank you to all those who have contributed their knowledge and expertise to the forums. Now you have some idea of how many people out there are reading and (hopefully) benefitting from it!