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January 2009 Review

by Grant Friedman

on February 2, 2009

in Monthly Reviews Site News

This month, I have decided to do something a little different with the Monthly Review Article.  Instead of reviewing everything that I’ve done on this site over the last month, I decided instead, to pass on some news and information about what I’m doing to help improve this website as well as what I’m doing on other sites besides this one.

In terms of traffic, January was another big month for this site.  In fact, January was this site’s second biggest month.  The biggest month this site has ever had was November of last year.  That month, this site saw over 63,000 visits and close to 130,000 page views.  In comparison, January claimed over 53,000 visits and over 103,000 page views.  While there is a considerable difference in the number of visits and page views between those two months, I do try to take into consideration that in November, one of my articles hit the front page of Digg, skewing the statistics.  Overall, I am very happy with how this site is turning out and am very appreciative to all my readers.

While, I am please with the traffic for January you may have also noticed my announcement to close the Colorburned Shop.  Many people have asked why.  The answer is that the shop just wasn’t that profitable.  It was a fun experiment and I was glad to offer those all those items but I just felt that my time and money could be used in better ways.  I’d like to thank everyone who purchased those items.  I really appreciate the business and the support of this site!

In addition to the closing of the shop, you may have also noticed the new logo and new ad space that is now present on the site.  I’ve been teasing the logo for months so I finally decided to go ahead and add it to the site’s header even though the site’s new design is not yet complete.  I also added some new ad slots which quickly filled up.  As always, I’d like to thank my site’s new sponsors, Proof HQ, IAC-EZ, Stock Vault, Shopify, Designious, and Stock Graphic Designs.  I’d also like to thank my other sponsors, E.Webscapes and Elegant Themes.  You guys are the best and I could not keep this site going without you!

In addition to making some changes to this site, I have also been busy as usual working on guest posts on other sites.  In January, I wrote my first article for ArtBistro.com.  ArtBistro is a social network that is part of the Monster.com family of sites.  I should be writing 2 articles a month for them so keep an eye out.  In addition to that, I wrote a review of Phantasm CS for Fuel Your Creativity as well as my monthly article for VECTORTUTS.  Needless to say, I’ve been keeping myself busy.

Each month, things seem to get a little bit better around here.  I’m really excited for what the next few months have in store and I’m looking forward to having this site’s 1st birthday in May I’m hoping to have a REALLY big contest in celebration!

About Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.