Baeldung Q1 2015 Report

The first quarter of the year is over, and this year I decided to move my reports to a 3 month cadence.

Here we go…

Traffic in Q1 2015

Let’s start with the traffic numbers:

Baeldung Overall Traffic for Q1 2015

Baeldung Overall Traffic for Q1 2015

As you can see, January had a couple of weeks with nearly no search traffic. That was because I somehow got the site de-indexed from Google by checking a setting in WordPress. I was also in the middle of some heavy client work, so I didn’t notice right away either. Fun times.

Let’s now take a quick look at the other stats of Baeldung:

Baeldung Traffic Stats for Q1 2015

Baeldung Traffic Stats for Q1 2015

And finally, the referrers that have been sending me readers during the first 3 months of the year:

Baeldung Referral Traffic for Q1 2015

Baeldung Referral Traffic for Q1 2015

All the usual suspects are in there – plus a newcomer – Reddit. I’ve submitted just a few articles lately and most have predictably flopped but a handful actually saw some good traction, which is why Reddit is number 2 here.

Email Subscribers

On the email side of things, my list has been growing steadily, though not quite at the 1200+ rate that I was seeing at the end of 2014:

Baeldung - New Email subscribers - Q1 2015

Baeldung – New Email subscribers – Q1 2015

I haven’t focused on A/B testing and regular optimizations of my funnel lately, so this makes perfect sense.

Other Goings On

What else has been going on with Baeldung over the course of Q1?  A number of thing actually.

First – I finally worked with a professional designer to get a more professional look for my “REST with Spring” eBook. It’s amazing to see what an impact design can have when it comes to the quality of reading experience.

I have also released my first Youtube video on the Baeldung channel. Certainly not a big splash, and certainly not yet consistently putting out work on Youtube, but it’s a start.

Next – webinars. I’ve been reading about webinars forever. I’ve been attending them and getting a lot out of some of them as well. So – why not step out of my comfort zone and host one for something I’m passionate about?

With only a few days to spare in Q1, I did that and hosted my first live event on the subject of “CQRS and Event Sourcing Architectures“. Setting up the webinar involves a lot of manual processes (which I’m getting better at) – so that’s not super fun. Delivering the content though – and hearing from the attendees that CQRS finally clicked with them – that was cool.

Which leads me to the next and final point – public speaking. I’ve traditionally being speaking locally at Meetups and User Groups, so speaking at a conference is definitely an interesting step up from that. I’ll be closing the first day at Spring I/O with a lot of engineers I admire, which I’m very excited about.

And that’s it for Q1 of this year; and of course – a number of things in the pipeline for Q2 and forward.