A Record Month for The Yield Hunter
By: Tim McPartland,
With the arrival of August we have begun our 10th year in publication. When we started publishing back in 2006 we started with 5, 10 or maybe 15 visitors to our site each day. Like all websites, generating traffic is a top priority. While the site was (and is) a ‘hobby’ we couldn’t spend thousands and thousands of dollars to get what we thought was important information to the masses of income investors who had been generally ignored by the publishing industry. We simply continued to publish information that was important and slowly by 2010 we were reaching a couple of hundreds of visitors each day.
Well here we are in the middle of 2015 starting our 10th year and we are reaching thousands of visitors on many days. July, 2015 was our busiest month ever in terms of traffic with 20,000 to 25,000 unique users accessing 10’s of thousands of pages (and millions and millions of pages since launch).
We know of literally dozens of improvements we can make to the website which would add value for our readers–all we need is money and time, both rare commodities for a ‘hobby’. 1 exciting item we have been ‘playing’ around with is a sortable database of all income securities. It is on the bottom of this page–feel welcome to play around with the test entries we have on this page. You can sort by any column or you can sort with many different variables. There are thousands of issues that need to be plugged into the database to make this tool complete–so when or if it ever is completed is not known. Another item we are exploring is adding comment abilities using Disqus as well as a potential live chat feature. All of these items take a lot of time and effort to launch and time is the 1 thing we covet the most and have least of at this time. I have pondered retiring from my ‘real’ job in the next 3-6 months–in which case we would have the time we need to do what we love.
Lastly, we want to thank readers that access our site–it is the readers that motivate us to publish. The little amount of money generated from advertising is not a motivating factor (it is too minor to make a difference). It is simply the ‘fun’ of doing what we love.