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Monday, August 02, 2004

It Was a Very Big Month

Posted by DavidNYC

No summer doldrums have set in - not in the realm of politics, and not at the SSP, either. July was by far our biggest month yet, with close to 65,000 visitors - more than doubling the previous record-setting month of June, which saw 25,000 people stop by. The Edwards announcement brought a big (and apparently permanent) spike of new traffic, and the convention seems set to do the same. Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon has been replicated across the political blogosphere.

I'm always thrilled to see more visitors to this site. As I've often said, I consider this blog to be very much a two-way learning opportunity. Before I set out on this project, I didn't know very much about any of the swing states. But thanks in large part to the commenters here, I've learned a great deal, and I hope the same has been true for readers as well. So I'm thankful to everyone who's dropped by, and particularly those who have left comments. I'm also grateful as always to my guest posters, particularly Chris, who has kept this site humming with the GECC during what has been a very busy summer for me.

Lastly, I want to mention that, as a result of the increased traffic to this site (now averaging over 3,000 visitors per day), Blogads will soon be coming to this site. Though my hope is to make enough money to cover the SSP's operating expenses, that's not my main reason for adding ads. Rather, I think blog readers like the highly targeted nature of Blogads - I've certainly learned about races I might never have otherwise heard of. And by providing another (modestly trafficked) site to the list of places Democratic hopefuls can advertise, we might actually be helping campaigns reach a broader audience. Lastly, I think they've been deployed quite successfully - and unobtrusively - on sites like Daily Kos, MyDD, Atrios, etc. Any feedback - particularly after the ads are rolled out - will be welcome.

Posted at 02:16 AM in Site News | Technorati


As long as there aren't 5 popups everytime we click a page, I say go for it. You got a good site and deserve the cash.

Posted by: Michael at August 2, 2004 10:51 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I am a bit concerned with the Gallup/USA Today poll that actually has Bush up 3 points. I am hoping this is just an anomaly (although they may be Fair, Unbiased polls like Fox News) but I am still a tad worried.

Posted by: Michael at August 2, 2004 11:07 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Is there any place to find state-by-state presidential-polling results?
This would be much more useful than national numbers.
We all know the popular vote does not guarantee a victory.
Three times the President was "elected" when someone else received more votes.
Once (in 1888), the winner didn't even need a side show to be declared the winner.
The same could not be said of 1876.
And, of course, we all know about 2000.

Posted by: Jeff at August 2, 2004 11:58 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Michael: Thanks. I would never, ever do pop-ups. The ads will look a lot like what you see at DailyKos.com, for example.

Jeff: The only free site that gathers everything (that I'm aware of) is the Hedgehog Report. (You can find it on Google.) The best for-pay site PollingReport.com, which I frequently use, but it's not what I'd call cheap.

Posted by: DavidNYC at August 2, 2004 12:43 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Congratulations. This site is vital to our day at Martini Republic. Ninety-one days left, stay solid and all the best.

Posted by: joseph at August 2, 2004 01:33 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment