Saturday, December 19, 2009

One Million Hits at American Power

Okay, I mentioned I'd write this post a couple of nights ago.

I racked up 1 million hits on this blog on December 1st. American Power launched October 7th, 2007, so it took just over two years to reach that milestone. Traffic really picked up in 2009. I owe a lot to Robert Stacy McCain's hit-building program, "
How to Get a Million Hits on Your Blog in Less Than a Year." A lot of his tricks work like a charm, but go easy on rules 4 and 5 (make some enemies and find some babes) -- like fast cars, bars, and guitars, fighting and women will be your ruin!

But seriously, I wrote about becoming a blogger earlier. See, "How to Become a Successful Conservative Blogger." Check William Jacobson's post as well, "Thanks a Million!" For encouragement and links, I owe too many bloggers to thank in a brief post. Of course, getting traffic at Instapundit certainly helps in reaching the milestone, so a big thanks to Glenn Reynolds. And both Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs and Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit have been tremendously influential. Also, Michelle Malkin has become an intellectual light for really effective and rigorous conservative blogging, and I'm thrilled to have met her last month. Plus, Rick Moran has been a great mentor at Pajamas Media. I'm also fortunate for cross-posting privileges at Right Wing News, so a warm thanks to John Hawkins (who also flows some massive traffic surges my way via Linkiest). Finally, Kevin Sullivan at RealClearPolitics is kind enough to link me at RCP fairly regularly. If I missed anyone, let me know and I can link your blog below, with thanks.

Everyone loves traffic, but blog rankings are also cool. I've been fortunate to get linked widely around the web, and I imagine breaking a story here and there has helped. I just recently started checking Technorati's page, which has undergone a makeover. I'm a top-40 blog there, And if you check
the link you'll see the rankings are dynamic. I'm not sure of Technorati's algorithm, but American Power ranks above a number of blogs considered big players on the web. I don't put a lot of stress on this stuff, since high traffic blogs are more prestigious, as well as those with huge communities of commenters. Wikio's rankings are supposed to be more authoritative, in any case. American Power's been ranked at 52 for the last two months. I can't recall if I've broken into the top-50 at Wikio, but breaking the top-100 was big deal a year or so ago. Anyway, my guess is that I've about peaked at this point. I've done most of things I'm able to do with the blog being a second career. I expect the pace of blogging here to ease up next year (although I've said that before). Perhaps I'll post less frequently. It depends on how I feel. I'll be writing for sure, but I'm going to think about new directions -- perhaps focusing even more on independent reporting. Either way, the blog will be here. I'll say more about this on New Year's Day, when I plan to update my comments from last January: See, American Power in 2009.

Thanks to all my readers, some who've been around for some time, others more recently. Cartoon courtesy of the Jungle Hut, "
All I want for Christmas..."


smitty1e said...

Props on the 1 Megahit, boss!

TonyfromOz said...

Congratulations on reaching that magic mark.
What it effectively shows is that in this World where liberal media bias is so prevalent, people still want to read about the Conservative side of things, and it would seem that blogs are the only way to do that these days.
One thing about that Technorati Authority.
They keep records on 853,799 blog sites, so to be ranked so high is indeed an achievement, and shows you must be doing something right.


The Griper said...

Congrats from this lowly blogger also professor.

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Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Congratulations, Donald! I seriously do not know how you blog so prolifically, with such quality, and still have a professorial job and family life.

JSF said...


Congrats and may you have a million more before May!

Grizzly Mama said...


I agree with WordSmith!

Jan said...

Congratulations, Donald!

Anonymous said...

Congratulation to you Don!

I have been supporting your blog with trackbacks.

My own blog was started early March 2009 and has almost 250,000 hits so far. Gee, I didnt read that how to on getting a million hits... better late than never, huh? lol

Merry Christmas!

Norm said...

Congrats ! Merry Christmas to you and your family !

(Look at this, forty years after graduation and I'll still do anything to get an A !)

Seriously, this blog is a wonderful
contribution to American society, keep it up.

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks everybody! I appreciate the support!

SR said...


This new blog I have for the last 11 months is sitting at 215,315!

Keep up the GREAT work Mr Douglas!

Dave said...

Dr. D,

Boo-coo congrats on the million hits, as that is certainly a major milestone.

I love reading blogs written by people who are fearless and unafraid.

We need a lot more of that in America...whilst we still have one.