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Hello everybody! Finally that day has come! Which day you may ask?
Well…where should I start? – today 1WD is celebrating 2 years anniversary and fourth (4th) version of design.
We were working really hard all summer, and if one year ago I was working all alone, now I am honored to have a beautiful team together with me including several full time writers Rean, Sheena, Jane, Michael,Charina with our main chief editor Saad Bassi and social media ninja Ligita Kluga.
Huh, also what I need to add, our actual 2 years anniversary was on August 30, but we didn’t announce it because our new design wasn’t finished. Now it’s here and we are finally ready to move on!
I was planning this new design for almost half a year, I changed its look a lot of times and even thought of hiring a web designer – because as a designer myself I was never satisfied with final outcome.
Finally I thought it would be really a shame for a designer, to get his own page designed by someone else and put everything aside and seriously got to work. The site you are seeing right now is final outcome, and this is how 1WD site should look from the very beginning 2 years ago! I really hope you love it the same way as I do and you are very much welcomed to reveal your first impressions in our comment section, which is much prettier now too by the way!
Before we announce our huge giveaway to celebrate this big event and launch, I think now is the best time to look back again and show off all achievements, show what really made 1WD grow so much and how do we intent to keep it growing even further! Last year we actually did the same process, and today we will compare both years to make this even more interesting. Are you excited and cannot wait for the results? Let’s start!
Personally I think the main turning point was the moment, when 1WD got a great team – Saad Bassi, who is our main editor and Ligita Kluga, who does all the hard work into backlink building and social promoting. I just went more in background and finally got more time to work on new ideas, try new social media promotion ways, went deeper in marketing research and of course, worked on new redesign a lot.
Besides our team, we also got huge team of regular and not so regular guest writers, who altogether allowed us to go from 2–3 articles per week to 12 articles per week! We are still working on increasing both quality and quantity, but since our readership is increasing – I consider that article count increase is appreciated by people and we are doing the right thing.d
As you can see from our Archive section from Year 2010 article count started to increase and it happened because of other changes – I finally got an office – 1WD headquarters and good workplace increased work efficiency greatly. Before that for almost 1.5 years I was working from home, it was not an easy task.
I am sure you cannot wait to see some public stats to measure 1WD growth, enough words..let’s see real numbers.
I must say once site is established, all you have to do is to keep providing constant quality and content – 1WD kept very similar mode all the time and proved to be a regular source where to look for web design related articles and readership continued to grow. Of course, article count also increased traffic from Google, more articles – more chances to be noticed.
To put last year stats more in perspective, check out this graph, where I compare this and previous year:
Interesting to analyze now, while unique visits increased – people also tend to spend less time on page and bounce rate is actually bigger, maybe that’s because of massive social media promotion, where people are used to process huge amounts of information in short time.
What’s your opinion here? Do you have suggestions for us?
Would love to hear your feedback if possible, with such big readership we really feel responsible for delivering only the best information to you!
If there is such question, I think actually the main reason was article count increase, with bigger team we are able to do a lot more than before, where one person just physically isn’t able to write that much articles, do marketing, social media, promotion even working 24/7. I must say if you are really serious about your business, hire people to help you out once you get such chance – they will help you to grow site to the phase you never imagined, site could reach!
Google traffic increased like 7 times, thanks to the list posts 1WD continue to have big success through Social Media sites like – StumbleUpon, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Facebook. Don’t underestimate the power of social networks, it’s really worth spending time to build trusted networks and readership with it.
I am investing a lot of site income in our growth, I am keeping myself just like 1/4 and 3/4 goes into development, payments, hosting expenses because I know 1WD can grow a lot bigger, I really want it to become number 1 source for each web designer. If you have a passion – you can achieve the same as I did here, just believe yourself and don’t leave your dreams too fast, give them actual chance.
If you want to go to past and see how and why 1WD began its success, read last year’s report post – 1st Year Of Blogging: Success And Achievements.
At first I wanted to mix giveaway, 1WD redesign process and stats in the one post, but after some thinking I decided that redesign process description need to have separate post so I would be able to explain you whole thinking behind it and show a lot of detail and power in our new design. Keep updated, new article will be out in few days!
Well , now we are getting to the best part for you – our huge giveaway and great prizes – everybody loves free stuff right? Christmas came early this time!
We have contacted and collaborated with 15 different companies, which were kind enough to offer really great prizes! Okay, but how can you get them? Actually I will pick winners based on 2 different aspects ( the first one is the most powerful):
As you can see number 1 option is for more loyal readers, who have opinion about what’s happening here and actually wants to help us improve.
Well and number 2 option is for all of us, who just are quickly browsing through and just wants to get nice Christmas gift for this special giveaway occasion!
And now – get you keyboards hot and start commenting and checking out our actual giveaway prizes right now:
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Company’s expertise and services:
When you work with CodeMyConcept you are definitely working with your best friends and they even agreed to join to our huge giveaway with some great prizes!
2 lucky winners will get $250 giftcards and 1 winner will get $500 worth giftcard to be used in CodeMyConcept services, pretty cool right?
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Die cutting options available (more about printing options you will know after winning on this contest):
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Magic Members is a premium WordPress Membership Plugin that turn your WordPress blog into a powerful, fully automated membership site.
You may expect to pay $2,000 – $3,000 for such an easy to use, full-featured membership application that does not require you to switch to a different system. Magic Members is a fully integrated WordPress membership and subscription plug-in that quickly takes your blog from an ordinary blog to a powerful membership site.
Don’t miss a chance to aim for one of 3 single user licenses!
StudioPress Themes take WordPress to places you never thought it would go. These Themes are a perfect solution for small businesses or individuals establishing their online presence and today we’ve got giveaway from them – 3 individual Theme/Support packages of winner’s choice each worth 79.95$.
KreativeThemes is a theme shop that sells beautiful, creative and high quality premium CMS themes.
They have kindly joined to this big giveaway and offered to our readers great prizes:
FlashMint is a leading Flash Templates provider known to produce innovative high quality flash templates, flash XML templates and Flash CMS templates as well as such amazing products as Facebook templates and PrestaShop templates.
On the holiday occasion Flashmint has 70% Christmas discount offer on all the templates from their collection. In addition to the discounts specially for 1stwebdesigner readers there will be also three amazing free flash greeting e-cards to be given away to every dear fan and customer of 1stWebDesigner and FlashMint. You may checkout the greeting cards from here: Free Flash Christmas e-cards for everyone!.
Iconshock is the largest stock icon provider around the web, with more than 800.000 stock icons in 250 icon sets. Feel free to check its tutorials blog: TutorialShock and its recently launched website with lot of wordpress themes and design sets: WordPressThemeShock.
And today they are giving 3 bundle licenses of your choice – how cool is that?
Pro Theme was established in 2007 by two experienced web developers, programmer Ben Gillbanks in London and designer Darren Hoyt in New York City.Emphasizing quality over quantity, Pro Theme has specialized in WordPress and enjoyed enduring popularity in the themes community.
In order to contribute in our giveaway they are offering 3 premium and beautiful themes of choice for 3 Winners!
Templatic, Officially launched on 10th of December 2009 is a place to get Out of the Box, Premium and Awesome WordPress Themes to fulfill your needs in different areas of Blogging and Webdesign. From a simple Blogging theme, to a complete e-commerce integrated WordPress Theme, they are releasing themes in diverse range so you can use WordPress as a CMS.
Gabfire Themes was founded in 2008 by Mehmet Özekinci a 30-year old independent web designer and web project consultant based in Estonia.
Gabfire Themes is a distinguished design and development studio providing a wide range of organized and well-presented creative WordPress themes. All Gabfire Themes features an easy-to-manage and powerful theme control panel & focus on providing an unparalleled user experience.
Ever wanted some high quality custom banner ads for your marketing needs? Well, ElegantBanners is for you then. They offer high quality web banner ads created to your specification, at a very affordable price, with lightning fast turnarounds! You can also check out their blog: ElegantBanners Blog, where they write about business, design, and entrepreneurship in general. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter.
I am looking forward to your kind comments – just to remind read the rules how to join this contest&giveaway at the top of this article.
This contest will be closed officially after a week on December 27, when I will announce all the winners!
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Dainis Graveris is 23 years old blogger and designer, founder of 1stWebDesigner, now more silently managing everything behind the scenes. He usually hangs out in Twitter tweeting design related links and chatting with people. If you have any questions or feedback that's the best place to start! Cheers!
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