Would it surprise you to hear that July was another new traffic high? If you’ve been following things here all through 2021 – like the report on June’s figures – then probably not. As I noted previously, based on prior patterns, last month will very likely turn out to be the lowest traffic month of the year. July has predictably produced higher page views than June, which it always does. At about 25%, the size of the uptick this year isn’t quite up to the standard of previous years, which have been more like 40%, but it’s not bad.

Unsurprisingly, last month’s page views were a lot higher than they were in 2020. The shutdowns at that time saw about a 25% drop in readership from prior years. That was recovered, and then some, resulting in a year/year gain of 60%.

The comparison against the prior strongest July isn’t quite as impressive, though. That was in 2018, and this year’s tally is only about 20% higher. Not a bad pick-up, but it’s only a fraction of the comparative gains in earlier months.

What they’re reading

Here are the month’s most read posts.

  1. Volleyball Try-Out Drill Ideas
  2. Volleyball Camp Drills and Games
  3. Volleyball Set Diagram
  4. Pin hitter in volleyball – what is it?
  5. How to teach the overhand serve to volleyball beginners

Notice anything about that list? Yup, it’s the exact same 5 as from last month, just in a different order. It’s amazing how consistent the top pages on the list remain over time. In fact, Preseason fitness testing is the only new post from July that even cracks the top 50 most read posts.

Looking ahead

At this point, the 200,000 cumulative page view total for the year may be eclipsed within a few days. Things continue to run close to 40% above their best level from any prior year. That puts the site on track to break it’s prior annual readership high (from 2018) at some point in October, if not sooner.

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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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