Interesting Site Stats!

by Bryan Glynn, March 30, 2013

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I thought I would just share some interesting (to some) information about the site. I hadn’t really looked at the site stats recently, I just glance at my overall trends screen to make sure things are going in the right direction. But I thought some would like to see some of the nitty-gritty! I’ve seen some other sites post similar info so figured why not :) CO may not be the biggest cigar site on the internet, there are certainly much larger blogs out there like Halfwheel, StogieReview, A Cigar Smoker, etc. but I think CO has the coolest viewership – thanks guys!!

Bear in mind these numbers are 100% human, they do NOT include any search engine spiders, robots etc. Jan is the typical peak month, just after Christmas and we saw 72,399 unique visits and 417,530 pageviews.  What shocked me was the bandwidth (and that’s after caching and compression!!)- glad I’m on a great server lol!  Can you imagine if the world didn’t have YouTube  and we still had to serve videos directly off our sites?!  YIKES!  Just as a rough estimate…the average non-HD video is about 250MB assuming someone watch the whole thing.  I’m at a 6k daily video view level right now.  So minimum that’s about 150GB daily being played.  In reality it’s higher because some people do play the HD versions which are double the size!  I love you, YouTube :)

So when I tell a potential advertiser that CO is a great place to be and a great deal, you can see why I mean it!

  • ParadiseCove

    Bryan..this does not surprise me one little bit. It’s like Yogi Berra proverbially once said…”Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded!” Ha! Ha!

  • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

    Thanks man! lol

  • bbarber

    I like your “un-hiped” approach for the reviews you do. I’m sure what’s what most of your viewers appreciate. It is interesting that your followers are only making a visit on average of three times a month. Are you keeping stats on YouTube as well? Are those Youtuber’s registered website regulars?

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      You are mis-reading – that’s almost 3 times per DAY not month. Unique does not mean separate person, it means separate browsing session. Yes YouTube has it’s own stats, you can see mine on the channel page – we are about to hit 3 million video views and 10,500 YouTube specific subscribers.

      • bbarber

        Oop. sorry for the misread. That really is good stats

        • NMartin

          I enjoy watching your YouTube reviews, and even the “tutorials” on certain cigar etiquette. I like to get other opinions on how certain techniques are done, or to see other people’s habits. Congrats on the 3 mil views! (Soon to be)

      • bbarber

        Uhhh… the chart says month. Did I miss something?

        • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

          Yes those are totals by month. But as I said – it doesn’t mean specific people. It means specific separate visits. Google what the terms mean, there are good articles out there, too much to type in a reply. Bottom line it means people on average visit just under 3 times a day.

          • bbarber

            That’s why I’m not a statistician. I MEAN charts AGGREGATE me LEFT and RIGHT. Besides, I don’t have time to Google statistics. I’m too busy trying to raise yours. Keep up the great work.

      • drewmcneice

        wow that’s significant, way to go

  • neocigaro

    I don’t get the stats, haha, but now that we are getting rewards, I will start watching the videos on the site instead of youtube.

    • http://web.t-online.hu/mezossy777/index.html MPeter7

      Hi neocigaro!
      I’m not sure, if you watch the video from this site it increases the site’s download volume.
      The link of the video (in this site) points to the YouTube site, and I’m pretty sure it increases the YouTube statistics too.
      Perhaps Bryan can answer to this correctly.
      Regards,
      Peter

      • neocigaro

        Is that a bad thing or what? Increasing the sites download volume?

        • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

          It makes no difference, a view is a view.

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      At least one a day for the extra points :)

  • http://web.t-online.hu/mezossy777/index.html MPeter7

    Hi Bryan!
    Do you have the statistics of this site of last year too?
    Because I’m sure there is fluctuation of the months’.
    If have, you can compare the stats of same month of years, and you could put extra rewards for those month where the site hitting usually low (probably because of summer or other holydays, or who knows why).
    So, you could increase the visits of the site then and this way.
    Regards,
    Peter

  • undergroundboxr

    Dude…talk about traffic! that’s great to see man 😀 Would you be opposed to posted your YouTube channels stats as-well?

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Click the YouTube button on the left then click about

  • yosef5

    I am extremely happy for you & the web site

  • antomos

    Congratulations Bryan, I love the site and your videos on you tube. I’ve also been following the hlo videos I’ve joined the journey to lose weight and eat healthier.

  • ptyler

    Congrats Bryan…where’s the column for Canadian viewers :) We love u!!! Thumbs up!

  • kb9311

    Bryan these stats are great I can’t wait for the site to get even bigger, I think the sky’s the limit!

  • iseedro

    Thats awesome bryan your moving on up to the eastside in a deluxe apartment in the sky lol good job.

  • USA2ndAmendment

    This is awesome! You should make this a regular thing, sharing the statistics and all.

  • garlar10

    Wow. I knew the site and videos were popular but over 3 million hits a month?! pretty impressive. It will be interesting to compare these stats to the next three months and see if the new point system brings in more traffic.

    • NMartin

      Sometimes incentives don’t ALWAYS bring more traffic, but I’m sure in this case it will help influence the popularity of CO. Well run site AND incentives are always a plus. #CigarNation

  • stevenknisley

    This is awesome Bryan. If I am ever down in Florida I would love the opportunity to enjoy a cigar with you. Keep up the great work.

  • david121

    Great stuff on your site so im not at all surprised!

  • danzig777

    I’m not surprised by the numbers, all the info on this site is very useful to any level of cigar smoker. Keep up the good work man.

  • D-BO

    NICE STATS WITH GREAT CONTESTS AND GREAT REVIEWS IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER. GREAT JOB KEEP ON BUILDING A COOL BRAND.

  • PsycotikMind

    I glad to say i constitute quite a bit of those stats.

  • towerladder87

    Awesome Results. I’m a daily viewer of your site. I’m glad other people view and use your reviews.

  • vscarpine

    I check the site everyday for new reviews…kind of comforting that Im not the only one haha I was starting to think I had a problem…I would also hope that Im one of the unique visitors lol

  • stevenknisley

    Bryan have you ever thought about having a mobile app for this site? I think that would be really cool. It would be convenient like if you were at your local shop and wanted to check a review on here for a cigar you’re thinking about buying.

  • MR_EXPRESS

    It’s great that your’e getting so much tradfic, you deserve it. My favorite cigar reviewer by far. Crazy bandwidth usage, though!

  • spockwannabe

    This is great information Bryan. Working in IT and also loving cigars makes this even more interesting. Keep up the great work.

  • RobinsonV

    I just recently subscribed to you’re channel on YouTube and I enjoy your vids I’m glad to see you’re numbers are looking good.

  • yankeeman

    I’ve tried so many new cigars because of your videos. No surprise to me that when people find your page, they keep coming back again and again. Well done!

  • vscarpine

    Cant wait to see these number increase after the reward program…love the review on this site have added many of the reviewed cigars to my humidor

    • NMartin

      I think once I get more stable finances, I’ll be joining in on the lottery fun. Until than, I’ll be collecting rewards and following your reviews. There’s a lot of interesting sticks I’ve seen in the last couple of lotteries.

      • vscarpine

        I sent in some cigars for lottery #9 and it only cost like $4 maybe $5 max to send in a small flat rate box…well worth the $5 and cost of the 2 or 4 sticks you send in to try and win 150 cigars and a humidor

  • Joseph Szeremet

    Thanks for sharing those stats. This is a great site without a doubt, and unlike most sites the changes you make actually do make it more enjoyable.

  • mrl4889

    Interesting stats about the site. I think that since we are now being rewarded for posting comments the participation on here should really grow. It seems to me that the traffic/comment ratio is WAY off especially with regards to people posting their thoughts and similar experiences with cigars that are reviewed here. Hope to see some more of that, it is always nice to see what people think of different smokes!

    PS – Not sure if this has been answered somewhere else or not, but is there a mobile site in the works? The site is relatively cell phone friendly as is, but just thought I would ask!

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      I agree, the participation was VERY low for the view traffic. It’s through the ROOF now though 😉

      I used to have a mobile version but to keep it pretty I tweaked the layout about a year ago so it obviously works well as-is on any device now.

      • puffrey

        Wow, cant believe how much comment activity has increased in the last few days, I guess we really like our free cigar stuff!

        I remember a few of the contests in the past year that were really good ideas but some just didnt fly that well. I wonder what would happen with some of those now as far as activity.

        • vscarpine

          The comments will def grow and why wouldnt they when you can win free stuff lol…I hope to win one of the contest one day (fingers crossed)

  • SsgtJerikUSMC

    It’ll be interesting to see the statistics for the next month compared to the last. I know I can speak for myself that I’ve shared the site info with a lot of my friends. I bet there is a significant spike in visits and obviously activity.

  • Derek

    You’re a celebrity in the cigar world. By far my favorite reviewer, no one else even compares.

  • swj045

    BRYan,you said its not the biggest site. maybe the right answer is YET! great job,thanks

  • gumby_130

    Site got me hooked. It one of my daily stops now. Thank you for the great info. I wish you had more contests involving sports, like pick em, fantasy football, guess the score , ncaa bracket or something like that.

  • Boucher207

    Congrats Bryan!! Keep up the good work. Ill have to send you an Erin go Bragh from La Aurora cigars to review. I know your not into infused sticks too much but its a pretty decent smoke.

  • drewmcneice

    Lol I don’t understand any of that….

  • Craig

    Hopefully you will be posting April and May before long. I would be interested to see how its grown in the last 2 months.
    Thanks!

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Participation is obviously sky high, but new traffic only about 20% up. Not much to post, maybe I’ll do it again next year same time frame.