Jersey City Upfront: 9 Months Later

Thank You

Thank you, readers!

I launched Jersey City Upfront back in May and since then the site has grown faster than I could have ever imagined. This past November, the site quietly celebrated its 6-month anniversary and for the first time ever hit 10,273 monthly page views (per Google Analytics). It’s a modest milestone, but considering the blog was at 93 page views in May, that’s a pretty nice increase in readership, which I owe entirely to you — whether you visit the site everyday or just on occasion. I’d also like to thank other sites that have helped me along the way, either with their excellent guidance/advice (Tribeca Citizen) or by helping me spread my name on Twitter/Facebook (Black Tie & Flip Flops). And a big thank you to everyone who has shared the site on social media or with friends.

Since November traffic has continued to steadily increase — January page views hit 11,680 — so my next goal for the site will be to hit 20,000 page views/month. I’d also like to increase the site’s presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

However, numbers mean squat without solid writing/content, so I plan to focus on content the most with more reviews, more downtown news, and more Q&As with local businesses, among other surprises. (If there’s anything specific you’d like to see, shoot me a line at JCUpfront@gmail.com.)

Last month I also rolled out the site’s first ads. I realize we’re living in an era of ad blockers, but in order for me to make this site a solid business I need to run ads and the occasional sponsored content. I’ve been a journalist for over a decade and know first-hand how slimy the industry can get when it comes to advertising, so rest assured I will make it clear which posts are original content and which posts are sponsored. I will also try my best to run ads from local businesses, so when you click on them — you’re not only supporting Jersey City Upfront, but you’re also supporting your neighborhood businesses.

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In the meantime, if there’s anything you want to see more of, less of, or if you have any tips, you can send them to me at JCUpfront@gmail.com. Thank you again for reading and supporting the site and here’s to the next milestone. —LJ

4 Comments

  1. congratulations!! I check your blog every 2-3 days, it’s my favorite JC blog (along with ChicPeaJC and Jersey City Eats). You do a great job!!

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