Labor Day weekend generally marks the time I created The Small Trailer Enthusiast web site. September 3, 2011 marks the day it went live and September 7, 2011 marks the day of my first post (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2011/09/07/a-tale-of-two-shastas/). Long time readers of this site know why I started it (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2011/12/16/the-impetus-of-the-small-trailer-enthusiast/) and touched on a little more of that with my 1st anniversary review in 2012 (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2012/09/05/the-1st-anniversary-of-the-small-trailer-enthusiast/).
Little has changed in the format of the site over the past year. But one thing that did change in the site has been the thing I like to review at the anniversary date: site traffic. As I mentioned in my 2012 review in the link above, the site had a paltry 15 site visits per day for the first month. That seems like a long distant time ago, as nowadays the site averages that many visits every 20 minutes! The last 3 months have seen an impressive 1,000 visits per day.Growth has been consistent each year. Looking at the annual visit averages:
September 3, 2011 – September 3, 2012: 346 unique visits per day
September 3, 2012 – September 3, 2013: 473 unique visits per day (36.7% increase)
September 3, 2013 – September 3, 2014: 644 unique visits per day (36.2% increase)
My decision to put Google AdSense ads on the site has helped offset the costs to pay for the domain and other associated costs with keeping a website up & running. Plus, it’s also helped add a little to our camping budget as well. I never know what ads Google will provide, as that is something out of my control; I just provide them the space. But I think overall Google does a good job with the ads they place in those spaces and they’re generally in line with the theme of The Small Trailer Enthusiast.
The continued growth adds to my motivation to keep this thing going for years to come. As my wife & I look toward the future, we’re pushing hard to shoot for that magical age 55 retirement so few get to take advantage of. Our plan is to call it quits from the 9-5 world, sell our house, and become full-time RVers. And when that happens, I’ll be able to spend more time than I do now researching and writing about small trailers. Even though our retirement rig will be outside the bounds of “small”, I’ll still continue to carry the torch for those interested in something small to camp in. I’ve learned over the past 3 years that there’s a big segment of folks out there who prefer trailers small.
And if you’re wondering what that rig of ours will be? Well, after owning a T@B….
and our beloved Serro Scotty…..
it’s obvious we like camping in eye-catching trailers. And although it’s not small, we’ve narrowed our choice down to a 30′ Airstream Flying Cloud.
But, we’ll touch on that the closer we get to full-timing. Stay tuned for that post….in 8-10 years!