UK research company Netcraft estimates the global number of active websites sites is 187 million. Alexa is the leading provider of free, global web metrics. As I write this, the Alexa global rank of Indies Unlimited is 66,349. That number is a little meaningless without some context. Imagine a bar that shows the total number of websites, ranked in order of their page views and visitors. At the very top of the bar would be Google, in the number one spot. Indies Unlimited would appear in a position 99.96% of the distance from the bottom of the bar and 0.04% away from Google.
We are in the top 1% of websites worldwide. In fact, we are within the top one-half percent of websites worldwide. Visitors to Indies Unlimited spend an average of 17:55 minutes daily here and view an average of 10.70 pages. On Amazon, people spend 6.26 minutes on site and view an average of 8.25 pages.
Two years ago I launched Indies Unlimited into this cyber-ocean. We have come a long way in a short time, and we did it by providing quality content. No smoke and mirrors. No fancy SEO tricks. No marketing budget.
I want to express my deep gratitude to the readers of Indies Unlimited, not only for spending part of your precious time with us, but also for helping spread the word.
I also want to thank the scrappy band of lovable rebels who are responsible for the excellent content that has helped make this site a valuable resource and a real global presence:
K.S. Brooks, co-administrator
Laurie Boris, associate editor
And evil minions: A.C. Flory, Big Al, Carol Wyer, Carolyn Steele, Cathy Speight, Chris James, D.V. Berkom, Dick C. Waters, Jim Devitt, Kathy Rowe, Krista Tibbs, L. A. Lewandowski, Lynne Cantwell, Mark Jacobs, Martin Crosbie, Melissa Bowersock, Melissa Pearl, Rich Meyer, T.D. McKinnon, and Yvonne Hertzberger.
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Congratulations! I absolutely love Indies Unlimited and the great people here that are so welcoming, honest and kind – especially to the newbies just starting out in the Indies-sphere. Keep up the awesome work 🙂
Thanks so much. We are all glad you found us. 🙂
I get to be evil too? Cool. *cackles*
Thanks for asking me to be a part of this, EM.
You need to change your name now: BigEvilAl. 😀
MWAHAHA! Come to the dark side…
Woohoo! We may be a “scrappy band of lovable rebels” but we rock!
And we’re certainly lovable!
Yes indeed! 😀
Wow! You guys rock. We owe it all to EM and Kat. Hey, the rest us would not be here if not for you two. I am officially in exalted company. (bows and kisses ground of death star floor)
I wouldn’t kiss the floor. There was an incident last night with some gruel that was past its expiration date and a little leakage from the reactor. You know what? You’ll probably be fine.
Wow! I’ve really got to read this website sometime! 😛
I would like to emulate you and create a Kiwi version. How did you create the website?
A stork brought it
Was that a WordPress stork?
It is a WordPress blog, Tui. 🙂
I wonder what a Kiwi version would be like. Hey, you can’t steal McKinnon, if that’s what you’re thinking!
No, we want Big Al!
How much of a pay-rise do we have to offer Big Al to get him to move to NZ and work for our KiwiLit site, which I’m currently constructing in secret. If he’s working for nothing for you, we’ll offer him a 300% payrise.
I wouldn’t consider doing it for any less than a 310% raise, Tui.
I remember when Stephen “had this idea.” Good idea, S.H.! You all have created a home for independent publishers.
Thanks Tom. 🙂
Woo hoo! That is one hell of an accomplishment! Stephen and Kat, you guys are absolutely awesome. And being part of this “scrappy band of lovable rebels” is the best thing that’s ever happened in my writerly life. Google? Bring it on! We’re ready for you!
Congratulations! You guys deserve it…you’re great!
Thanks, Stephanie. 😀
That’s an amazing achievement in just two years. Congrats, you guys, and thanks for asking me to be a part of it. Onward!
Thanks Lynne. You are all awesome. 🙂 *sniff* Misting up here…
You guys earned it. You put a TON of content out. And it’s wildly varied. I delete some things unread; read others and don’t reply; reply and engage with some. But I never unsubscribe because even though there are some things I say “pass” on, the signal to noise ratio has always been good enough here to not want to miss it.
Good stuff. Hard work. And it shows. 😉
Thanks Kevin. That’s high praise. We’ll take it. Thanks for staying with us.
I could see you were focused on excellence right away — when Kat pointed out something that was critical to the publishing of my book on Kindle. Thank you all! You appear to be a group of cool and intelligent people with high values. A boon in this often substandard world where mediocrity rules — may you live ten thousand cyber years, Mira
Thank you, Mira. 🙂
Congratulations, guys. IU Rocks!
Thanks, Massimo. 🙂
Congratulations! IU has been, and still is my map through rough terrain. Thank you for all the great posts, the laughter, some tears, and the chance to grow. You rock it!
Thanks for your support, Aron. 🙂
Those are fantastic numbers and well-deserved. I love IU and can’t wait to see where the growth is going to take you in the coming months. With all the positive energy it’s incredible to think about where the journey will go from here. Congratulations to all!
With great writers and a great community, how could we do less? 🙂
I’M BACK!! They let me off with a warning! But I told them, “You can’t stop an idea whose time has come!” Indies rule OK!
That is fantastic news. Very well deserved. This is a fantastic blog and I love reading it so it does not surprise. Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do in supporting Indies
Thanks very much, Wendy. 😀
Happy to be part of the team. You guys are amazing.
Glad you’re with us, Laurie. 🙂
I am honored to be a part of this group.
We are honored to have you with us, Lois. 🙂
IU has been my home away from home for over a year now, and being asked to join the family was and is, icing on the cake. Those amazing stats are the cherry on top. Go IU!
Thanks, AC. Glad to have you aboard. 🙂
Congratulations Stephen, Kat, Laurie and all of you most wonderful “scrappy band of lovable rebels”. Terrific site, supportive as heck and brilliant info!
Thanks, Jo-Anne. 🙂
Howdy JD. Thanks for stopping by, man. 🙂
Mader’s always been a suckup, yo. 😉 Congrats, IU, well done.
LOL. Thanks for stopping by, David. 🙂
It’s a great achievement. Wish I had time to stop by more often.
I think we also need to mention all the contributors who are no longer with us … and no, they’re not brain-eating zombies, they just moved on to other things. Like JD Mader, David Antrobus, Ed McNally, and a few others the lack of caffeine in my bloodstream is making me overlook without any prejudice.
It took a lot of creative folks to get Indies Unlimited to the informative, fun position it holds now. Let us never forget that!
And let us always be inspired to keep it rocking right along forever.
I am constantly promoting you and will have a great opportunity this weekend at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) conference. I’m on a panel about Sellf Publishing, and you’re top of my list of most inspirational and informative sites. Thank you!
Ester, you rock. Thanks! 🙂
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