RenewEconomy’s summer readership jumps 70% in 2017/18

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Readership on RenewEconomy website jumped more than 70% over summer period, as interest grew in core subjects of renewables, storage, EVs and policy.

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Page views and visitor numbers to the RenewEconomy website jumped sharply over the summer period, as interest grew in core subjects of renewable technologies, energy policy, grid issues, battery storage and electric vehicles.

Data from Google Analytics shows page views in the summer period – which in Australia, of course, is December 1 to February 28 – totalled 2.4 million (despite the fact that the website took a four-week holiday over the Christmas/New Year period).

This compared to page views of 1.4 million in the summer of 2016/17 (where we only took a three-week holiday). It is a jump of 71 per cent.

Visitor numbers experienced a similar jump, up 75 per cent to 809,000 unique visitors, compared to 461,000 in the previous summer.

This is especially gratifying because it builds on the extremely solid 45 per cent jump in traffic in calendar 2017, when total page views to 8.4 million in 2017.

If this continues – and we see no reason why it shouldn’t, given the rollout of renewables, the excitement of storage and EVs, and the intense debate over policy – then RenewEconomy is heading for page views of more than 12 million for 2018.

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  1. Steve 2 years ago

    Great work Giles.

  2. MaxG 2 years ago

    I applaud you and your team for this achievement. I sincerely hope it has a positive impact on change towards the uptake of renewables in all facets of life.

  3. MaxG 2 years ago

    To improve numbers even more, consider building a more responsive mobile device experience. It takes over 30 seconds at present before smooth scrolling is possible. I think there should be a mobile version of the site…

    • Giles 2 years ago

      Hi Max. Thanks for the feedback. Yes, we are doing a re-design which will involve a much smoother and responsive mobile experience. Coming soon!

  4. Steve Heaton 2 years ago

    Congrats Giles and team. Keep up the good work.

  5. Joe 2 years ago

    Wouldn’t the masthead newspapers kill to have readership jumps like this!

  6. John Saint-Smith 2 years ago

    And we can all help by referencing RenewEconomy on other sites when we post. I’ve been sending links to my local Lazy Negative Party MP for nearly 12 months now, but there’s precious little sign of recognition there yet.

  7. Rob 2 years ago

    Go you good thing!

  8. Cooma Doug 2 years ago

    Great to see Giles. You deserve the success. I really dont know how you do it in the time allotted.

  9. Davd Woodgrove 2 years ago

    I read daily which makes $10/month the best value I get anywhere.

    • Giles 2 years ago

      And David, thank you very much for your donations, it is very much appreciated.

      • rob 2 years ago

        Giles, How does one donate ? or am I a fool and haven’t seen how! expect a $120 payment from me when I know how! and that is for the last year alone…..I reckon I owe you at least $500

        • rob 2 years ago

          Also much respect and congtrats on your success …….I read every article daily and wish you also posted on weekends…..Rob

        • Giles 2 years ago

          Hey, Rob. Thanks for kind words, and apologies for all the misspellings :). There be a donate/subscribe button on the top row. should find it here.

          • rob 2 years ago

            just paid $120 to you in the last minute

          • Giles 2 years ago

            That is very very generous. Thanks you very much. We’ll put it to good use!

  10. Syd Walker 2 years ago

    I echo other commentators. This website and the team behind it are awesome.

    Giles – through this site you make a huge contribution to improving the quality of discussion in Australia on the vitally important issue of energy policy. But I can’t recall seeing you once on the gogglebox, where so much of the discussion is abysmal (If I ever watch a few hours of Sky News I need a hit of as an instant antidote).

    Do you get invites to appear on TV and turn them down? Or not get invited?

    • MaxG 2 years ago

      Why would you watch any news outlet to begin with? 🙂
      Alaso, when you understand what message the major outlets are pushing, you can safely assume he is not getting invited 🙂

      • Syd Walker 2 years ago

        I watch Sky News to keep an eye on the dismal state of mainstream discourse, not limited to the issue of energy policy. That’s also why, from time to time, I watch the ABC, BCC, CNN, Fox etc etc. Thanks for the tip on watching critically, Max, but I think it’s rather simplistic. Each to his/her own IMHO. You seem to consider that by definition anyone appearing on the Murdoch media is untrustworthy. Do you consider Ben Oquist and Richard Denniss, both fairly regular commentators on Sky News, must be considered shills and liars simply because of those appearances?

        • MaxG 2 years ago

          Sorry, I should have indicated ::sarcasm::

          I have no clue about the characters you’ve mentioned, as I do not watch TV at all. By definition a media which is paid by their advertisers has a conflict of interest; independent journalism went down the drain a few decades ago; given the development in modern times, I can’t imagine it would have changed.

  11. Gary Rowbottom 2 years ago

    Yes, excellent work Giles, Sophie, David and others contributing to Reneweconomy content.

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