Tough Questions Answered

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Does Anybody Read This Blog?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

Rarely do I comment on the readership of the blog, but for those of you who are regulars, I thought you might be interested to know what the numbers are.  After all, we’ve been at this for almost four years, and if we’re writing, but nobody is reading, what’s the point?!

There are a few statistics that are worth mentioning.  First, the blog, over the last 6 months, has averaged about 11,000 unique visitors per month.  That means that something like 11,000 different people are visiting the actual blog site each month.

Second, over the last 6 months, there have been an average of 23,000 page views per month.

About 75% of the blog site traffic is referred by search engines, where people type something into Google and they are referred to one of the blog pages.  These people typically read one blog post and then move on.  I am gratified that so many people come to the blog for an answer to a question they have, but what I’m even more interested in are the people who come back over and over again.

There are two metrics I track that I think are better indicators of how many people are loyal to the blog, who read it regularly.  These are the people I can count on to return post after post.

The first metric of this type is the number of people who subscribe to the RSS feed.  This number has been steadily growing year after year and now stands at about 400 subscribers.  If you are one of these 400 people, thank you so much for taking time to read the blog on your RSS reader.

The second metric that tracks loyal readers is the number of email subscribers.  Generally, if you subscribe to something by email, you find it valuable.  After all, it’s hitting your inbox 3 times a week, and you can opt out whenever you want.  The current email subscribers stand at 356.  They are the most loyal group of readers, in my estimation, and that is why I encourage anyone who regularly reads the blog to subscribe by email.  You are the group who is the most encouraging to me.

The blog also has hundreds of readers from Facebook and Twitter.  Every blog post is re-posted on Facebook and the title of every blog post is tweeted.  Thanks to @plsconvinceme and @JohnAnkerberg and several others who regularly retweet blog posts.

The blog readership grows by search engine traffic and, of course, other websites linking to it.  There are several websites who regularly link to posts, including apologetics315.com, thepoachedegg.net, winteryknight.wordpress.com, and godresources.org.  I am so grateful for each and every time these sites link to a Tough Questions Answered post.

We’ve come a long way, and our prayer is constantly that we are glorifying God by giving answers to seekers who have tough questions about Christianity.  If you think this blog is successful fulfilling its mission, then please tell your friends about the blog!  Send them the web address today.  May God bless all of you!


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  • http://walttuckerministry.shutterfly.com Walt Tucker

    Sounds positive. Keep it up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thepoachedegg Greg West

    Bill,
    Thanks so much for your hard work on the blog. I’m proud to be among your e-mail subscribers and frequent readers. I also appreciate you mentioning The Poached Egg, where I work hard promoting apologetics bloggers such as yourself who provide a valuable resource when it comes to defending and commending Christianity. Be blessed and keep up all the great work!

    Greg West

  • Cindy Kuhrasch

    although I don;t respond often, I enjoy your posts a great deal! Thank you!

  • Anthony Ramsey

    Frequent lurker, rarely comment – keep it up though! ^_^

  • Noel

    You bet I always check you posts. Like others, a reader not so much a commenter. Appreciate it.

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Thanks, Walt. You have been a great contributor to the comments on the blog and I appreciate it very much.

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Greg,
    Glad to mention your website. You have generated a lot of traffic for us and we are very grateful. God bless your efforts!

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Thank you, Cindy. That means a lot. God bless you.

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Thank you for the kind words, Anthony. I know there are a lot of “lurkers” who don’t comment, but It’s great to hear from you once in a while!

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Thanks, Noel. It’s great to hear from people who regularly check the blog!

  • Neville

    Like many I read but don’t post often. It’s good to see Gospel shaped material on the blog. The ‘debate’ between Christian believers and those with other beliefs is interesting to watch. You can’t help but notice though that it is often two parties on either side of a big divide using similar words but not able to see clearly from a truly objective position. I guess this is the point, all decision such as these are actually moral or faith decisions – even the decision to ‘disbelieve in ‘a’ or any God’.

    The Gospel is like a sharp knife, that cuts and divides. I encourage all readers of the blog that have not seriously considered putting their trust in Jesus to read the material here with an open mind. If you are in this position – even to pray to God (before you fully believe) and ask him to open you eyes and allow you to see and believe. This done humbly and sincerely is a great step for anyone to take – and opens the door to life.

    Good work for speaking Truth Bill. From NZ (down-under)

  • JoeA

    Hey I’m a college student. I’ve never posted till now but I am a regular reader. I make sure to refer this place to friends who I know would be interested. Keep up the good work, I’ve been enlightened by the content here.

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Neville, great to hear from down-under!

  • http://toughquestionsanswered.com Bill Pratt

    Joe,
    You don’t know how much that means to me. I knew there were some college students reading the blog, but it’s great to hear from one! Thanks so much for referring your friends.

  • doubtlessthomas

    Mr. Pratt, I thank God for you and all who stand for
    The true interpretation of God’s word. As it says at the end of Jude verse three, we should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. As a recently born again Christian, I can remember being troubled by the unscriptural assertions that God couldn’t look upon sin, and that He turned His back on Jesus at Calvary.

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