I’ve been tracking something interesting in the stats of this blog. January’s readership was the highest it’s ever been since I started the site in 2013. It was only by about 4% over the 2020 value, though, so I didn’t think a great deal about it. Aside from 2019 when some hacking related issues saw page views take a dip, every year has seen more page views than the one before.

Now I’m looking at February’s figures. With a couple days left, 2021 has already exceeded 2020 by nearly 12% as I write this. And that’s considering there was an extra day in the calendar last year. On a daily average basis, page views are up nearly 28% year-over-year. That will likely dip a bit over the weekend as Saturday and Sunday generally see the fewest page views each week. Still, it’s an impressive jump.

I can’t help but wonder how much of this is a function of teams normally playing in the Fall now playing in the Winter/Spring.

Or maybe it’s simply a function of more exposure for the site.

Here are the most viewed pages:

  1. Home page (3.04% of all views)
  2. Volleyball Set Diagram (2.74%)
  3. How to teach the overhand serve to volleyball beginners (2.57%)
  4. Whose ball? Seam Responsibilities (1.40%)
  5. Scoring serving and passing effectiveness (1.40%)

Over 100 pages on the site have more than 100 views in these first two months.

Naturally, the vast majority of readers come from the USA (71%). No other country even reaches 5%. Nearly 70% of visitors get here via search, with 22% doing so from social media. Among the few folks clicking here from other volleyball websites, the leading sources are:

  1. Mark Lebedew’s website
  2. volleyballtoolbox.net
  3. VolleyTalk
  4. Volleyball Nova Scotia
  5. Volley Junkies

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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