SemiWiki was launched on January 1[SUP]st[/SUP] 2011 and according to Google Analytics we have officially exceeded one million users (unique visitors). I really don’t know what to say but, WOW, that is a LOT of people reading SemiWiki articles, wikis, and forums (there are now 13,464 posts on SemiWiki).
According to Alexa.com SemiWiki is ranked as the 130,975[SUP]th[/SUP] most popular website in the world and 34,758[SUP]th[/SUP] in the United States (Google is #1, FaceBook is #2). That is simply amazing to me, I would have never imagined that large of an audience when I started a WordPress blog five years ago. Crowdsourcing really does work!
It was slow going when SemiWiki first started. In the first three months (Q1 2011) we only had 20,608 users but by the end of the year we had 170,501, so that was good pretty, right? My WordPress site “Silicon Valley Blog” had about 10,000 readers at its peak. SemiWiki ended 2012 with 459,608 and at the end of 2013 we had 829,408. Since other websites in our industry don’t publish their user numbers I will assume we are doing a pretty good job.
According to Alexa.com we still have a long way to go to catch EETimes which is rated the 30,949[SUP]th[/SUP] most popular website in the world and 18,160[SUP]th[/SUP] in the United States. It really is an apples to oranges comparison since EETimes is a network of websites but it serves as a good benchmark for future growth, absolutely.
In the other Alexa metrics however SemiWiki does quite well:
How engaged are visitors to semiwiki.com?
- Bounce Rate 36.00%
- Daily Pageviews per Visitor 5.40
- Daily Time on Site 10:33
How engaged are visitors to eetimes.com?
- Bounce Rate 67.60%
- Daily Pageviews per Visitor 1.77
- Daily Time on Site 2:15
If you are interested in learning more about SemiWiki or New Media in general I would be happy to share my thoughts with you. We can have a formal discussion on “Managing New Media” or we can just meet over coffee and chat about it. If you are not in Silicon Valley I’m a big fan of Skype and constructive criticism is always welcome.
The biggest difference between SemiWiki and other industry websites is that we all have day jobs. We are semiconductor professionals and consultants who enjoy writing and communicating the value proposition of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem. Please see our LinkedIn profiles to learn more about us as individuals:
If you want to be successful with SemiWiki you need to give us two things: Access and honesty. As semiconductor professionals our time is limited and since we trade on our reputations honesty is an absolute requirement. As bloggers we share our experience, opinions, and observations so you may not always agree with what we write but you should however see value either way.
The most important thing you should consider about New Media and SemiWiki specifically is going for the long game versus the short one. Don’t just jump in and out of our lives with news releases. Work with us, develop relationships, and integrate SemiWiki into your long term communications strategy, absolutely.