I made mention of this briefly on Twitter and/or Facebook earlier, but August was by far the biggest month for Coaching Volleyball. Nearly 3700 people visited the site, 75% of whom were first time visitors, and there were over 10,000 page views. That’s basically double July’s figures, which had been the highest traffic month up to that point. When you see gains like that it’s always interesting to find out what was bringing people to the website in such big numbers.

Of course, as an author one would hope that all the increased attention was the result of some recent blog post that really captured people’s attention. Alas, that wasn’t the case in August. Over 70% of the site visits came from Google, which means people were coming into the site to find stuff written at some point in the past.

So what were they after?

Volleyball Try-Out Drill Ideas is the big winner. That one page, written in September 2013, accounted for over 16% of all page views. Are your warm-ups wasting valuable time? was the only other page to garner more than 5% of the page views for August. Even the site’s home page only got 4.7%. I guess that gives you a pretty good idea of what volleyball coaches were searching for last month!

August is prime try-out month for volleyball teams in the US, especially for high school squads. As a result, it will come as no surprise that US coaches were the most represented among site visitors. In fact, they accounted for over 80% of visits! The UK was second at about 4.3%, with the Philippines coming in at 2.5% in third place, which is interesting in and of itself.

I’m starting to observe a pretty consistent traffic pattern on the website as well. Monday is almost always the peak day. Visits then trail off over the course of the rest of the week, with Saturday generally being the low point before things tick back up a bit on Sunday. Seems like coaches do their research early in the week.

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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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