An SBI Update


Good afternoon everybody. I wanted to give you all an update on SBI and the progress we’ve made heading into our eighth month of existence.

Thanks to you, the readers, SBI was able to set a new traffic high for the fourth straight month, surpassing the 900,000 pageview mark for July. That came as a bit of a surprise considering the lack of high-profile events in July. With August full of events such as the Olympics, World Cup Qualifying and the start of the European soccer season, SBI could reach the 1 million pageview mark in August.

SBI has also secured a new lead sponsor. Premier Soccer Shop in Hoboken New Jersey is now the new exclusive soccer apparel sponsor for SBI. Check out their website for all your soccer gear needs and you should expect to see me setting up camp at the Hoboken store for some on-site blogging in the near future.

And last, but not least, I wanted to thank long-time reader and graphic designer Matthew Leahy from Richmond, Virginia for turning my vision of an SBI logo into a reality. If you like his work and would like to have him do some design work for you then you can reach him at mleahy@keywebconcepts.com.

That’s all for now. I will be posting the Top 10 states and Top 20 cities rankings next week and will be finishing up the reader roll call survey very soon. Thanks again to all of you for your support in helping SBI get off to a great start. August should be the best month yet, with plenty of great soccer to cover and plenty of news to keep you posted on.

  • SonicDeathMonkey

    Yeah, I was wondering why I had not noticed the logo before. Cool stuff Ives. Keep up the good work.


  • Steve B

    Congrats on the big numbers Ives – much deserved. My day wouldn’t be the same without a half dozen views of SBI.

    BTW, how does Kenny Cooper qualify for a UK work permit?


  • andy b.

    Ives, has it really only been 8 months? I’m trying to remember what life was like before discovering my [twice? thrice?] daily fix. You’re sort of like a crack dealer, except with soccer news. Oh, and the people who post here are alright too. Except for that brett guy, who’s always wrong about everything, no matter what he says.


  • Murph


    Great logo. One little change might make it even more related to your site.

    A little star or something marking NJ as your home base.

    Just a thought.


  • Brooklyn Zoo

    Congrats, Ives.

    Soccer blogging in the US has really filled an excellent niche, since so far all major sports publications basically ignore it (it is getting better tho!).

    Thanks for filling that niche!


  • CD


    Just like your recent Cooper’s dad was born in the UK explanation, be prepared for the isn’t Brooklyn part of New York City questions when you post your top 20 cities list.


  • Dominghosa

    Wait, so I no longer get free shipping at that shirt online store whatsitcalled?


  • Will

    Are you required to wear Premier Soccer Shop apparel while writing your blog? Congrats on the success of the site.


  • silent e

    Romanov you’re truly awesome! Rats off to ya! I love it! Do you have a shirt?


  • romanov

    silent e, I just picked up one for my girlfriend this summer at a Tim & Eric Awesome Tour show. Ish is gold!


  • Nathanhj

    Let’s go for a million!

    I’m glad to see that traffic continues to increase despite the presence of that talentless hack who write the LA Galaxy Supporter’s View columns.

    It is good to know that the quality of everyone else makes up for him.


  • Michael

    Good choice Ives. I live in Columbus, but my sister lives Hoboken and I’ve been to the shop a few times. I think/hope my birthday present will be from there. Love the site.


  • silent e

    Romanov, if your girlfriend likes Tom Goes to the Mayor, I hope you have a ring ready. Make sure you brnz it, as well.


  • jb

    Ives. You’re the man. Thanks for starting this, I’ve expanded my horizons because of this website. Congrats.


  • JAT

    Well done, Ives. The site continues to get better and better. Keep up the great work.


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