As many of you know I am always looking for companies who track stats and information about web sites. Right now there are probably at least 9-12 companies that we have monitoring LawnSite.com for various different reasons - accessability, frequency, demographics, and a lot more. I found a company in a techie-business magazine that claimed they could track anything and everything about your site, how it is used, etc... I was intrigued so I contacted them. Spoke to a gentleman on the phone briefly and told him we were operating a forum for professionals in the lawn & landscape industry. He suddenly seemed to lose interest in the task at hand. He asked me to email him and he would respond with what he might be able to do. I emailed him the link (which he obviously did not look at) and asked what he thought. He replied instantly with the following: "Mr. Adams, Unfortunately we will not be able to work with your company. We prefer to work with sites that have a wide variety of people using the site, as well as with sites that have the ability to grow in many different directions. Being that your site is a forum, my best guess is you will not even be able to find 5,000 people to join your forum..." WELL, WELL, WELL..... In December we eclipsed the 25,000 member mark and should soon see 27,000 members at the site (26,503 as of early day 2/15/05)...and to add a cherry on top of Mr. Know Everything's prediction, PlowSite now has over 12.539 members of its own. YES, HE GOT A RETURN EMAIL, AND I FELT INCLINED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING STATS FOR HIS READING PLEASURE AS WELL.... Some interesting statistics about LawnSite.com.... LawnSite ranks #1 overall in the lawn and landscape category on the internet based on traffic to the site, number of unique users on the site, amount of time spent by the users on the site, the number of links other sites have that lead to LawnSite.com, and the site's availability in regard to the many different search engines. LawnSite.com is one of the largest commercial industry sites in regard to a forum with number of members registered at the site and the number of users that visit the site (but never register). Aside from companies who market to homeowners (John Deere, Sears, Home Depot, TruGreen, etc...) LawnSite.com reaches more of its target audience members on a daily basis than any other green industry site on the internet - not just forum sites, but all green industry related sites. LawnSite has had almost 1 3/4% of its users on line at one time several different times (almost 500 users with over 26,000 registered) which is an extremely high number for a commercial related forum. There are other sites that claim statistically they have had "X" number of members on the site at one time, but they are allowing their stat trackers to include "bots" that monitor sites for the search engines - not a real indication of actual people. (This is one of my favorites)....LawnSite.com is the 25,609 (USED TO BE 29,112) most popular web site on the entire internet - the entire internet! LawnSite.com has "trust-ranking" of 10 out of a possible 10, which means in regard to problems reported about the site, complaints, etc... In February 2003 LawnSite had 7,890 members (give or take, I forget exact number), and today in around 2 years later has almost 27,000 members - one of the top 5 fastest "growth spurts" amongst commercial forums. And here is the last one....which I am not sure about because it was emailed to me as an extra note with some simplified math attached....supposedly there is more content at LawnSite.com than an entire set of Encyclopedias.... crazy, huh? All of these cool stats are possible becasue of our members. We have to be one of, if not the coolest online community there is! I want to personally thank the members for finding, using, and coming back to LawnSite again and again. Your involvement is helping better this industry one business owner at a time!