I was thinking the other day about the above question. I'll start by saying that I'm not at all a tech guy and don't know much about website statistics. I started by searching the basic website metric sites, Alexa is the easy site I know of.
I wanted to see how this site stacks up against other handicapping/monitoring sites. I wanted to do a few bigger sites and some smaller sites to compare the amount of traffic for all of them. Covers, Pregame, Wagerminds & Handicappers Watchdog were the sites I could think of that would compare to this site.
I had figured that Covers and Pregame would blow away the rest. This is how they ranked Both global and States.
The main thing that stands out to me is that PM has almost no global traffic, in fact it says that 93.4% of traffic is from the US. PM is very close to Pregame in the US and smokes those other two in both catagories. If those numbers are correct, then I think this site is doing very well domestically. My perception was with Pregame being on ESPN (R.J Bell on Cowherd weekly) and in magazines that it would be well above PM.
I few months back Tucker19 brought back a thread that was over a year old.
In this thread he talks about the site not growing and what can we do to grow and make new users more welcome. Maybe we are doing and good job and just looking at the the situation the wrong way.
I'm thinking that maybe we are for the most part topped out at our current active handicappers #. The reason for this in my mind is that most of the new users that come and go are not handicappers at all. They are gamblers,bettors and sports fans. I have recommend a few people over the last 2 years and they never stick around. Thats when it dawned on me that they are action junkies and don't really get what handicapping is.
These people are not like the bulk of the long term users on this site. In fact my one friend said he has no interest in forum's unless they are handing out prizes for precipitating. He didn't want to track because he can hit 70% in his sleep he told me. Thats exactly why he and many others don't get it at all and therefore don't stick around.
If PM wants to get more active members it has to cater to the bettor/gambler more. The only way I see that happening is to offer contests,games and prizes. The downside of this will be less educated users in the forum and more BS caused from that. On the flip side it could create more money for Patrick and platinum members.
In my opinion this site is doing very well based on what it is. To be not that far behind Pregame in the US is pretty solid in my mind. It has 150/200 active handicappers and group of weekly if not daily visitors who are pretty savvy when it comes to sports investing.
I'm not sure how accurate Alexa is with its sats and numbers.It sure does let me know that just cause you have more traffic it does not mean that the site is better than PM. Anyone who has been on covers can tell you that and knows exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe someone with more experience can let us know if those numbers really mean anything or if they are at all accurate.
I'll be the first to admit that I do my fare share of chasing screwballs of the site. I need to remember that most of the people that come to this site are not here to handicap, but are here to have fun and enjoy the site.
PS I hope all the links work and if anyone has anything to add please chime in.
Edited 8/29/13 at 12:33AM by Daltonis - No reason listed.