This website crosses half-a-million pageviews!

Yay! MithunOnThe.Net, a website started by the guy writing this, has crossed a milestone. It took nearly two-and-half years, but my blog has so far received more than 500,000 pageviews! Which means it’s time for “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy”!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who visits my website on a regular basis. To the newbie visitors, hope you like what you see and decide to bookmark it or ‘Like’ it on Facebook. Special thanks to the folks who leave me comments and tell me they love my work. Yes, despite the fact this blog being a pass time, my travelogues are a lot of ‘work’ to put together. But working on them and getting feedback (mostly positive) is what keeps me going!

K-pop has become a big part of my life and it’s bizarre my blog has gotten a lot of love for it. My k-pop posts now receive more traffic than my travel series these days.

As for stats…

Day website went live: 25th December 2009

Pageviews for January 2010: Less than 200

Highest pageviews recorded: March 2012 – 36,474 pageviews pageviews

Most popular post: Super Junior – “Mr. Simple” Album Review: Sorry, Sorry Ver. 3.0… and it still works! – 14,639 pageviews (and counting)

Most commented post:  Gokarna 2010: Day 3 – Where to stay on Kudle and Om Beach – 69 comments so far

Most shared post: Philippines 2011: Back to Manila, shopping, and my final thoughts about the country – The number of shares on Facebook would have shown 300 had I not made the mistake of editing the URL. Lesson learned.

Most Tweeted post: Jay Park live in Bangkok: First Step in Thailand fan meet (Fancam) – 62 RTs. Thanks Jaywalkerz!

Number of photos uploaded: 9,940. Even I’m startled to know how many photos I’ve worked on for this website.

The day my website crashed: A popular Manila personality named Carlos Celdran tweeted my thoughts on Philippines to his thousands of followers. And this happened a day after renewing with my web host. I was pissed, but later happy when I found out my post had now gone viral! 🙂

Unique visitors
Those two days also saw the highest unique visitors I ever got

Most popular countries that drive traffic:

Countries traffic
Singapore used to be higher, but got overtaken by Malaysia. And then Philippines shot past everyone to reach no. 3.

Most popular browsers my readers use: Chrome > Firefox > IE

Most popular traffic sources: 61.7% search traffic, 28.2% referral traffic, 10% direct traffic

Most popular keywords driving traffic: 1. “super junior mr simple” 2. “u-kiss neverland” 3. “miss a touch” (all K-pop)

Most popular social referrers: 1. (45%) 2. Facebook (41%) 3. Twitter (5%)

Amount of money made from Google ads so far: ….

All data compiled from WordPress Stats, Google Analytics and Tynt

If I may say so, I’m proud of myself. Many people talk about starting their own blog, some do, but only a few ever keep at or take it to new heights. My dream was (and still is) that this website would make me enough money to focus on it full time. While that still remains a distant dream, who knows, the rate at which the daily traffic grows, I surely won’t need to wait two-and-half years to achieve the ‘1 million pageviews’ milestone.

Until then, keep reading, keep commenting – and keep me going! 🙂

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    First of all… Great blog!!!!! I was glued for atleast 4 hours yesterday!!

    I was a bit worried about visiting Thailand and Malaysia from reading certain other websites, but you certainly changed my mind about that.

    Your trips all look awesome and they way you explain them is so interesting! So now im very excited to head off to Thailand and Malaysia in a few weeks.

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Glad my website helped in changing your mind. It’s the reason why I write and present my content the way I do. About Thailand, even I was worried about doing it alone the first time I visited, but trust me, it’s a safe country with a lot of wonderful people. Just be well aware of the scams, the tourist traps and general know-how… and you will be just fine! People with preconceived notions about South East Asia indulge in it once they are there and stereotype it when they leave. But have a change of heart, see what else that region has to offer and you’ll realize why I love SE Asia a lot!

    Have fun! 🙂

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    Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m
    trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any coding
    knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Yes I use WordPress and no, you don’t need much coding knowledge to set up your WordPress blog. Once you have purchased your domain and host, login to your host account (information they will provide) and just install WordPress. Then look for themes and install them to your preference.

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