I have some exciting news to share with you today. Your favorite consumer advocacy site just hit several important new records — records that I thought we might never reach.
- Our page views jumped 37 percent from a year ago to a record 1,051,476 in July. Yes, that’s 1 million page views! We also attracted 448,396 new users, up a stunning 75 percent from a year ago. User sessions surged 63 percent to 655,007.
- We had 556 new cases, up 26 percent from a year ago. That’s also a new record.
- In early July, we crossed the finish line on our spring fundraiser. We surpassed our $30,000 fundraising goal, also a new record for us.
These new records might look easy, but they’re not. Sure, reaching the 1M mark is a piece of cake if you’re running a fan blog or a points site littered with affiliate links, where readers come and go. But for consumer advocacy? It took my team and me 24 years of hard work to get there. And more than 500 cases doesn’t seem like much until you look at the form you have to fill in to be counted. I ask for everything but a DNA sample.
And the fundraising? Well, you remember that. No, these new records were really difficult.
I’m not leaving well enough alone. Our new site should be online in the next few days of this month. We’re also trying to raise money for a new mail server, which will ensure we can reach even more people with our advocacy. And with the summer travel season in full swing, we’re bracing for a crush of new cases.
I am truly grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us reach 1 million, for allowing us to help 556 consumers last month, and for assisting us with our fundraising. Thank you for helping us hit these new records. From here, who knows where we can go?
This week’s stories
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- Warning! These Cities Have The Most Expensive Resort Fees (Forbes)
- Some flights have extra restrictions. Here’s what to do if you’re on one. (Washington Post)
- What to do when weather delays your flight (USA Today)
- Why didn’t Overseas Adventure Travel tell me this tour wasn’t right for me? (Miami Herald)
- How to take a vacation in your hometown (USA Today)
Thank you for your support!