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So currently I have one M4.Large EC instance connected to a T2.Micro RDS. I figure Fridays are as good a day as any to post the numbers. As of today's count there are 21 users. The site was brought online in beta on Jan 22nd, and today is the 26th, so it's been 4 days. Here is what my usage looks like. No data on https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/fordebating.com. (likely won't be for a least a month) http://wheredoirank.net/ throws an error on debater. (likely won't show for four months from what I've read)
From the advertise page. (not all the matrix have been configured yet, and the unique visiters is broken)
So it begins.
Still on the T2.Micro RDS. User count is 36 so added 18 people since two weeks ago. (Lower than wherre it should be for a new website that isn't spending any money on advertising IMO)
Still nothing on Alexa or where do I rank.
Still doesn't look like unique visitors is working, and they don't have sex, age, income setup yet either.
Over all I'm happy with that progress for 16 days in with a beta website. I'm doing most of the posting in the forums, but that's to be expected at this stage. I'm itching to spend some money on advertising, but I agreed to wait until after it was fully functional so I'm waiting.
Not seeing a reason to upgrade the RDS. User count is 43 so 7 people added in two weeks. So not happy about the tournaments "draw".
No Alexa. Where do I rank has me at #9 for the keyword "for debating". (I'm on the board!!!) Went to fiverr and got 30 backlinks, we'll see if that helps or hurts on the rankings.
Well the views look to have increased by about 2k so even if people didn't join the tournament it looks like they came by and looked at it. Tournament forum post has 900 views as well.
I'm not happy with the effectiveness of the tournament, and I've begun to do a small amount of advertising in hopes to attract some more users for testing purposes. (we'll see if I can resist going whole hog over the next two weeks...)
ePixal installed Analytics here is the partial for Feb. (copy link address and open in a new tab if you can't read the print)
Found out ePixal is using their on site RDS and that is why I'm not seeing movement on the AWS RDS. So any submits are going to india and back. It seems like it's faster than it should be... So I'm going to let it go for now.
Alexa has me at 12,872,500!!!! I'm on the board finally.
Fordebating = #1
For deabting = #10
Looks like they fixed the session time, ad clicks, and unique vistors stats. (at least they are different)
And I'll update Analytics so the information is in sync with the bi-weekly growth post as well.
No changes on front or back end servers.
User count is at 81
Alexa = 12,931,217 (so I dropped 1 60k)
Where do I rank (fordebating = 1, for debating = 9,
https://www.searchenginegenie.com/google-rank-checker.html has me temp blocked for some reason...
New states added to advertise page but not all of them are working correctly. (session seems stuck, but still very interesting stuff on the countries visiting FD)
No changes to front of back end.
User count is 87. (deleted so unverified, but still a light two weeks)
Alexa = 7,669,352 (my new users drops but my site ranking increased by 5.3 million that's just strange)
Still temp blocked. Found https://smallseotools.com/keyword-position/
Ad page still having problems with browser type, and sessions)
Had a big spike in traffic from the fallacy post on Quora. (which ended up getting reported even though it had like 200 upvotes)
User count is 98. +11 even with all the advertisements
Alexa = 5,074,396 (+2.7 mil so the ads are doing something)
Well that's disappointing...
User count is 112. (+14) I feel like this is mainly from directing twitter users directly to the registation page. I think there are some problems getting to that page that we'll address when we can.
Alexa: 4,373,883 (+700k)
Got some movement on "for debating" but still not moving on debate, or debate website. :(
AWS dashboard stuff
Missed the advertise page last week, and there is a fat finger typo on it now that's killing my OCD...
And of course we have analytics
Remember if you want to have a closer look you can always right click and open the images in another because everything is hosted on imgur rather than here it lets you zoom in better there than here if you are having trouble reading anything.
No changes to front end, but ePixal is in the process of moving the DB to RDS.
User count is 119. (+7) So maybe the change the twitter direct message wasn't as effective as I had hoped...
Alexa: 4,367,473(+10k no change really)
Desktop to mobile seems to be working correctly, but session durations still isn't working. (and the typo is still there...)
Still haven't gotten the database moved to AWS.
User count is 127. (+8) So it looks like we're at about 3 - 4 new users a week. I guess this is where it's going to level out at until we get out of beta.
Alexa: 5,365,030 (-1 million) (webstraffic.eu ended)
They changed the format
The database has been moved to AWS. Not sure if ePixal is going to continue working on the site though. I contacted them about it a month ago, and then again this week after they got the DB moved, and haven't heard an answer back yet.
User count is 129. (+2)
Got our first spammer this two weeks.
User count is 135 (+6)
On the board for debate website... good stuff!
User Count is 143 (!+8)
Dropped off on Debate website. :(
User Count is 145 (+2)
Well, that's some pretty impressive jumps right there. Cool.
User count is 150 (+5)
Continuing to move up... good stuff.
Forgot to keep up with Alexa:
Global rank = 910,520
United States = 149,617
Moved way up since I last reported it...
User count is 153 (+3)
Not so good stuff.
Still moving up on Alexa:
Global rank = 761,202
United States = 126,920
User count is 157 (+4)
Better this time around.
Alexa site info (up globally but down in the USA
Global rank = 685,429
United States = 149,913
User count is 160 (+3)
Dropped across the board, nice.
Alexa site info (down in both)
Global rank = 703,184
United States = 214,887
User count is 161 (+1) I'm doing development I've dialed back the advertising so I guess it should be expected.
And back the other direction.
User count is 167 (+6) that was an unexpected bounce back.
They changed up the format a bit, not sure I like it.
Alexa site info (the Belgium thing is strange...)
Global rank = 640,297
Belgium = 17,526
User count is 168 (+7) strange..
Alexa site ranking information (dropped a bit)
Problems with the website: webhost[at]fordebating.com