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« on: April 15, 2014, 05:29:32 PM »

Has anyone else noticed that traffic on this site seems to be on the decline?  It is hard pressed to see more than a member or two on line at any given time.  In addition to the lack of registered members visiting, there are sparsely any non-members (guests) perusing the site.  Lately there has been somewhere around the mid thirty range on line at any given time of day.  I wonder if Justin is losing pole position in the Google search results or if there are fewer people in general researching minimalist footwear or what.  I do know of a few longstanding forum members that have lost interest in this site, not minimalist footwear in general just this site, because they have grown weary of answering the same Newbie questions day after day. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 01:57:57 AM »

The number of posts has dropped significantly in the last year. I just assumed that it was a seasonal thing, with people being less active outdoors in the winter. And for those in the majority of the USA it's been a particularly harsh winter. Here in the UK it's merely been very very wet.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 09:35:29 AM »

Part of it I think is the rareness of new stories.  There isn't really anything new, so why visit?
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 04:02:45 PM »

Part of it I think is the rareness of new stories.  There isn't really anything new, so why visit?

I think this is a significant factor.  I too have noticed how quiet the boards have been and how many of the regulars don't seem to be regulars any more.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 05:51:08 PM »

Yes, I noticed that too  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 06:00:25 PM »

I wonder if Justin is losing pole position in the Google search results or if there are fewer people in general researching minimalist footwear or what. 

I emailed Justin to get his take on this and he said that minimalist footwear related searches in general were on the decline as of late.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 06:29:07 PM »

I'd say traffic is down in general, not just on here...  I'm still here for you Mr. Leigh Grin
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 05:29:03 PM »

I'd say traffic is down in general, not just on here...  I'm still here for you Mr. Leigh Grin

I don't participate in any other on line forums, so I cannot speak to forum traffic elsewhere.  When I emailed Justin, he said searches related to minimalism and footwear in general were down overall.  It stands to reason if people aren't searching for topics that will generate birthdayshoes to be in their search results, the site isn't going to see an influx of new traffic.  I'm surprised by how many registered members with high post counts have seemingly fallen off the face of the planet.  I used to rather enjoy the race stories and shoe experience stories and now it seems they've nearly ceased.  I do know of a few people, as I mentioned in my initial post, that just grew tired of answering the same newbie questions over and over. 

I hope nowster is right and that it is merely seasonal and that more people will post once the weather changes. 

Thanks barefootin, good to know that someone is here for me.  LOL
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