SFN Impact Update

Some of the nice comments from our readers in this entry from Tuesday prompted today’s quick reflective note.

Bank in July we gave you an update of how our blog had exploded during the year and shared some of our statistics with you. You can see our comments by clicking here. Today we thought that we would quickly re-address this topic with some recent anecdotes.

For example, two weekends ago we received suggesting that we visit the News & Observer‘s website and review the newspapers “Most Viewed Stories in the last 24 hours” last Sunday night (Oct 29th). At the time, the most viewed story of the 24 hours was the paper’s FEBRUARY story reporting that Bill Cowher had bought a house in Raleigh.

We thought that was kind of weird…
…and then it hit us.

Q: Why was this so interesting and significant?

A: Because on Saturday afternoon SFN linked to this old story as one of many links in the middle of this entry discussing NC State’s loss at Virginia. That random link in the middle of a long entry at this little old ‘insignificant’ (if you listen to our critics) blog had created the most viewed story on the News & Observer‘s entire website on Saturday/Sunday!


This^ prompted us to spend a moment checking our recent statistics for the blog and we learned that over 224,000 UNIQUE people have visited the site and generated over 11,000,000 hits since January 1st of this year.

Something that was particularly interesting to us was the depth and breadth of what our most recent visitors have done on the site. For example, in just the first three days of this month (Nov 1-3) the people that have visited the site have clicked on more than 520 different articles. The majority of visitors usually only check the newest articles at the top of the main page; therefore, learning that in just three days over 520 different entries had been viewed at least once was interesting.

Thanks for all of your support!

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22 Responses to SFN Impact Update

  1. cfpack03 11/09/2006 at 10:09 AM #

    This is the 314th day of 2006, so that averages to be over 35,000 hits a day. Not too shabby!

  2. NCSU4LIFE 11/09/2006 at 10:48 AM #

    I frequent it regularly whether I post or not. Instead of searching for stories on the net about our Pack I just come here to read the blogs. They are very informative. I appreciate it and please keep up the good work.

  3. TampaPack 11/09/2006 at 11:01 AM #

    I also am a regular reader and love the site. It is one of my favorites and a great starting point for those of us located outside of the Carolinas. Keep up the great work!

  4. partialqualifier 11/09/2006 at 11:08 AM #

    I just wanted to thank you guys for all the great work! I used to do a Google News search for Wolfpack news until a few months ago. After Sidney was hired I trashed the Google search and have used SFN as my primary source for all things State! I appreciate the knowledge and honesty that SFN brings to the discussion. I have also enjoyed the comments that your visitors have made. The comments are usually very insightful, but always heart-felt! You guys have shown just how great NC State fans are! For that, you have done a huge service to Wolfpackers everywhere!!!

    Keep up the outstanding work!!!

  5. PackBacker001 11/09/2006 at 11:08 AM #

    I thought this was going to be a blog for Oklahoma State when I first visited.

    I kid, I kid…

  6. 84Packgrad 11/09/2006 at 11:24 AM #

    I really enjoy this site. Keep up the great work!!!

    I know the site administrators don’t like criticism about the site but here is a small one. I suggest less self “back patting”. Just let the site speak for itself, which it does very well. The users constantly give props and they are well deserved. However, all of the self congratulatory postings always remind me of Jim Rome constantly congratulating himself for doing such a great interview with someone, and I know you want to be seen to be too much like him 🙂

  7. tooyoungtoremember 11/09/2006 at 12:20 PM #

    When you do great work, word-of-mouth thends to get around quickly. I know I have referred several friends and family members to this site. Thanks for providing my Wolpack fix every day.

  8. coppertop 11/09/2006 at 2:29 PM #

    I too got bitten by the SFN bug during the beginning of last years basketball season and was hooked. I like the insight and PRO bias towards NCSU atheletics. Sometimes I find breaking news first on related message boards but I always check here first!
    Thanks for all you do, I’m addicted and need more SFN….

    I’ve got a fever and there’s only one cure I need more SFN!

  9. packbackr04 11/09/2006 at 2:40 PM #

    I got hooked during the keystone cop coaching search. when i couldnt find any info about our bumbling fumbling AD’s search i turned here and have never looked back. great site!!!

    none of the above critisms bother me… “its all just internet squak…” right? too bad SFN admins and posters know more info than Fowler and his boys do about NC STate. You guys are always breaking the most accurate news concerning the program. lets hear it for SFN…..

    hip hip hoo ray hip hip hooray

  10. cfpack03 11/09/2006 at 3:01 PM #

    also, thanks for no ads

  11. 94wolfpack 11/09/2006 at 3:03 PM #

    two words: Banner Ads

    yeah yeha yeah I know they suck but man 35000 views a day is nothing to sniff at!

    I don’t generally agree with some of the commentary but i do enjoy the stats.

  12. PackBacker001 11/09/2006 at 3:34 PM #

    I propose that the next person who mentions the addition of banner ads be permanently banned from this site. The lack of annoying ads is the 3rd best part of visiting here, with the first being the info and the second being reading Wolfpack4Ever argue with the other posters.

  13. packbackr04 11/09/2006 at 3:57 PM #

    i personally am partail to redfreds witty nonsensical pithy remarks

  14. Wolfpack4ever 11/09/2006 at 4:43 PM #

    PackBacker001 Says: “I propose that the next person who mentions the addition of banner ads be permanently banned from this site. The lack of annoying ads is the 3rd best part of visiting here, with the first being the info and the second being reading Wolfpack4Ever argue with the other posters.”

    You gotta be kidding. I had decided that nobody but redfred and the administrater who censored my last post about Fowler was reading anything I wrote. And I still think this is somehow a needle to my backside.

  15. PackBacker001 11/09/2006 at 5:12 PM #


    No needle, and definitely nothing to do with your backside. Seriously, nothing.

    It’s just fun watching you go back and forth with SFN and redfred.

  16. PackBacker001 11/09/2006 at 5:12 PM #

    ^ (Cues up “The Way We Were” by The Nose)

  17. VaWolf82 11/09/2006 at 8:14 PM #

    I don’t generally agree with some of the commentary

    I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating. The authors here do not operate with some sort of hive-mind…there is no conspiracy….there is not even an editorial board that reviews the entries. Each author is responsible for his own work and doesn’t need anyone’s permission to post it …well until one of us manages to stumble on the wrong side of a line that has never be drawn. 😉

    In short, disagreement is fine. (I don’t agree with every commentary either.) Some level of foolishness is tolerated in the comments as discussed above. Stupidity and childish behavior is not tolerated.

    The authors here share some common traits….unashamed State fans with the desire to create worthwhile commentaries that generate INTELLIGENT discussions.

    Jeff has summed all of this up before, but I couldn’t find his entry. If you see this comment….can you post a link where you summarized the goals and purpose of SFN?

  18. Wolfpack4ever 11/09/2006 at 10:46 PM #

    VaWolf82, I love SFN, really enjoy reading the excellent work by SFN authors and generally enjoy the give and take that often occurs between myself and other contributers. If one of “you guys” doesn’t like what I post, you have every right to remove it from SFN. I have posted stuff that is off thread, off beat, silly and certainly offensive to West Virginians. I would not have been offended or surprised had any of that been censored. However, I thought it was time to move on when one of you (and I am intentionally not IDing anyone — it’s not the point ) censored my rebuttle of accusations he made about my points of view, given that I wasn’t off thread, off beat, silly and certainly not offensive to West Virginians. 😉

    Since I didn’t do any dramatic “he done me wrong” kind of leaving, I have no ego issues about posting again. Besides, I got a lot accomplished while I was gone.

    I’ve learned a little about posting to blogs, no need letting that hard earned knowledge go to waste.

    I even have a suggestion for a thread. (Like you need suggestions for threads.) The current cheers consist, as near as I can tell, one side of hte stadium fans saying, “Wooooolf” and the opposite side responding, “Paaaack.” This a step up from the original, “Red” “White” we used to do in Reynolds.

    IMNSHO it is cute, but non-inspiring. Does anyone remember when State Fans could work themselves into a lather screaming, “Rip ’em up. Tear ’em up. Give ’em hell, State?” Now that was a cheer. I thought cheers were to inspire the team, pump ’em up. Come to think of it our team often plays like that Woooolf-Paaaack cheer characterized by extreme lethargy. A little burst here followed by a long pause then another sometimes strong and sometimes half-assed response to the other side.

    I’m starting to see something here. Maybe, just maybe, Chuck and Tress are not the problem with the team not playing with ingenuity, emotion and enthusiasm. Maybe it’s the Cheerleaders. Those redundant passes in the flat just could be the result of redundant cheers. That Woooolf -Paaaack cheer may help our Cheerleading team win cheering contests but it ain’t helping our football team win football games.

    Rip ’em up. Tear ’em up. Give ’em hell, State.

  19. redfred2 11/10/2006 at 12:17 AM #

    Since we’re on cheerleeding, I’d love it if one side of the RBC would say SID, and the other reply NEY. And do it before the start of every game. Especially tomorrow night!!!

    SID NEY, SID NEY, SID NEY!!! faster…slower…louder at times…then soft

    It kinda looses something on paper I know, but it has potential. Maybe not.

  20. highstick 11/10/2006 at 1:25 PM #

    Absolutely the best place for Wolfpack sports news and insights. I fell in love “tracking planes” and visit this site daily for the latest and greatest in sports news.

    Keep up the good work!


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