A closer look at SBI

A closer look at SBI

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A closer look at SBI

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Good afternoon folks. As we hit a bit of a lull before tomorrow’s jam-packed slate of World Cup qualifiers it is time to take a closer look at things here at SBI.

I am pleased to report that the site surpassed the 1 million pageview mark for August, making it the first month SBI has reached the seven-figure mark. We have also surpassed the 6 million pageview mark since launching in January. Thanks to everybody who has helped make those numbers possible.

There is one sad bit of info to report. SBI has discontinued the weekly Supporter’s Views segments. While they were entertaining and a very good take on the fan’s perspective in MLS, the project proved too difficult to maintain. The hope is to make it a staple of SBI in 2009 as we look to expand our coverage and writing stable. Thanks to all the writers who made the series a successful one.

Now, onto the statistical breakdowns of SBI readers. There is one major development in the latest traffic statistics. California has surpassed New York and moved into first place among states for most SBI traffic. I’m sure the series of news stories we had on items ranging from Bruce Arena’s hiring by the LA Galaxy to the departures of Ruud Gullit and Alexi Lalas, as well as the transfer of Brad Guzan and arrival of Eddie Lewis, helped push Cali past perennial leader New York.

The Cali love isn’t just an LA thing. There are six California cities in the Top 30 cities for SBI traffic.

Here are the stats for top countries, states and cities (statistics provided by Google Analytics):

SBI READERSHIP (July-August, 2008)

Top 10 States (total visits)

  1. California-       99,945
  2. New York-        96,606
  3. New Jersey-     76,951
  4. Illinois-            49,242
  5. Texas-             46,094
  6. Virginia-           34,370
  7. Massachusetts- 28,503
  8. Pennsylvania-    26,057
  9. Florida-             22,819
  10. Ohio-                22,365

Top 30 Cities

  1. New York……….39,065
  2. Chicago…………27,303
  3. Los Angeles…….22,868
  4. Washington DC…20,246
  5. Toronto…………14,927
  6. Dallas……………11,728
  7. Brooklyn…………11,229
  8. Boston…………..10,824
  9. San Francisco……10,308
  10. Houston…………..8,898
  11. Arlington (VA)…….8,343
  12. Denver……………7,686
  13. Seattle……………7,296
  14. Atlanta……………6,824
  15. Columbus…………6,741
  16. Philadelphia………6,573
  17. Salt Lake City…….6,122
  18. Minneapolis……….5,600
  19. Austin…………….5,223
  20. Oakland…………..5,213
  21. Miami…………….4,736
  22. Portland………….4,624
  23. San Diego………..4,452
  24. Irvine (CA)……….4,409
  25. Raleigh/Durham….4,250
  26. Indianapolis………4,149
  27. Hoboken………….4,014
  28. London……………3,884
  29. Long Island City…..3,869
  30. San Jose (CA)……..3,768

Top 10 Countries

  1. USA……………….774,940
  2. Canada…………….44,161
  3. United Kingdom…….8,870
  4. Germany……………2,644
  5. Netherlands………..2,167
  6. Norway…………….1,502
  7. Japan………………1,122
  8. France……………..1,079
  9. Australia…………..1,067
  10. Mexico…………….1,065

Lastly, let me know what you would like to see more of on SBI, as well as what you would like to see less of. I can tell you that very soon I will be bringing back You Write the Caption as well as incorporating more player interviews.

I want to hear from you, the SBI readers, so let’s hear some feedback.

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