Re: 400 visitors per hour

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 16:41:41 CST


> Total number of current subscribers: about 15
Now 17. See this page for the names:

Also, another guy wants to be a supporting member but give us the $120 all
at once.

> So in the last week we've doubled our subscriber base. We've raised
> about $800 in the last month (including subscription payments on
> one-time donations of October 2 though November 1).
> Alan's stated immediate goal is 1,000 subscribers (over 60 times the
> current figure), which corresponds to $10,000/month (over 12 times
> the month ending November 1). (About $600 was raised in the month of
> October.)
> Alan says we're getting one new Supporting Member per 400 website
> visitors. That's a very respectable paying member acquisition rate.
> The extrapolation of 100,000 hits over 10 days from each of 10 sites
> assumes a constant 400 hits per hour, 24 hours a day for all 10 days.
> I think that's not realistic too keep up.
Okay, let me clarify. I'm talking VERY rough figures here. A noticeable
link on 10 sites that get on the order of one million hits per day would
give us the requisite traffic.

> gets 650,000 visitors a day, but will
> get much fewer after Wednesday. ....
A couple of days ago you said this campaign would be effective after the
election -- not before. So what's you point now? It won't be effective
after the election? This is not helpful at all. traffic might go down, but other sites will get more
traffic. We need to find a good number of sites that get lots of traffic.
Also, email lists and conventional media will help. I am preparing a press
release right now.

> If we get 6,500 visitors in the next
> 24 hours from that site, that's a really good click-through rate of
> 1%. We're unlikely to get 100,000 visitors to click through from
> that site. After all, many of those visitors day-after-day to
> are likely repeat visitors.
> Therefore, to get 1,000,000 visitors to OVC from placement with a 1%
> clickthrough rate, we need to be placed on 100,000,000 (one hundred
> million) web page views in the next 10 days. That's a pretty tall
> order.
Right. It is a tall order. Also, as new people come on board, they can
help us get more links and more traffic.

> After the election, I will try to get some mailing lists to mention
> us in their post election analysis on electronic voting machines.
> Those are likely to get a higher clickthrough rate, but it will still
> be a challenge to get 1,000 subscribers in 10 days.
Yes, it will be a challenge.

Alan D.
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