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A Big Day for Vagabond Journey.com

A big day for Vagabond Journey.com — Yesterday, Vagabond Journey.com saw its first 2,000 visitor day and its 500,000th unique visitor. Two thousand people out there — somewhere — visited this website yesterday, and a half a million visited within the past two years. My wheels are beginning to take me to the place they [...]

A big day for Vagabond Journey.com —

Yesterday, Vagabond Journey.com saw its first 2,000 visitor day and its 500,000th unique visitor. Two thousand people out there — somewhere — visited this website yesterday, and a half a million visited within the past two years. My wheels are beginning to take me to the place they set out for those years ago when I began this website project without even knowing how to make a new folder on a Windows operating system.

“If Vagabondjourey.com could get 2,000 visitors a day I would be dancing in the streets,” I wrote to Andy Hobotraveler.com last autumn. I was bringing in around 700 to 800 daily visitors then, and the couple thousand mark seemed far away.

Now I suppose I owe the streets a jig or two, because yesterday, September 3, 2009, Vagabondjourney.com went over 2,000 unique visitors in a single day for the first time.

Vagabond Journey traffic for past month

Vagabond Journey traffic for past month

Sometime yesterday Vagabond Journey.com also received its 500,000th visitor. Half a million times within the past two years someone had uncovered this website within the clutter of the internet.

Half a million visitors

Half a million visitors

In two years this website has grown from receiving a small handful of daily visitors (whatever friend or family member I could commandeer into reading) to a couple of thousand each day. After an excess of bushwacking — after working on the site for 5 to 10 or even more hours a day, every day — I am beginning to open up a path to where I want to go. I am beginning to see a return on my efforts. And this feels good.

I have not yet turned a reasonable return in dollars and cents off of Vagabondjourney.com, but rather the soulful knowledge that I just may be building one of the top independently operated travel sites on the internet.

I would much rather be a poor pauper who chews through a brick wall to get to the other side than a wealthy fellow who forgoes the challenge by walking through the open gate.

I remember an old quote from my adolescents:

Rather than passing through open gates, it is better to tear them down.

To be honest, two thousand daily visitors means more to me than two thousand daily dollars . . . The prospect of being able to fund my family’s travels 100% off of Vagabond Journey.com is enough justification to keep my wheels turning, though down deep this may be far from my real intentions.

I like doing this, it is that plain, it is that simple.

I take more joy from a growth in my traffic stats than my adsense and affiliate program revenues.

I have worked so friggin’ hard at this project for years . . . and I am becoming fortunate enough to feel a quick jab of satisfaction from my efforts.

Every time I check the Sitemeter to find that readership is rising, every time I get a comment, every time a new reader writes me an email to introduce themselves, and every time someone says “Wow” when I bashfully tell them how many visitors Vagabondjourney.com receives, I smile really big.

Though I know that I have only the readers of this website to thank for this feeling. Without you, I would be babbling alone in a dingy floating aimlessly in an empty sea.

Thank you.

Now if I can only get up to three thousand daily visitors and one million total . . .

Though I know that this is a mountain that will never be summited.

Filed under: Vagabond Journey Updates, Website Construction

About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3425 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Russ September 4, 2009, 10:30 pm

    Wade, congrats! Keep it going, I have been following since almost the beginning, and have seen your site grow and your writing pick up steam. I have confidence that you will have the success you are working for. Keep on rolling…

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com September 5, 2009, 6:29 pm

      Thank you also Heidi, Pearl, and Russ!

      You guys have been with me every step of the way. I really appreciate it!

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  • Pearl September 4, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Wow.

    Well done! I’m lucky if I get 10 hits a day. 2000? That’s insane! I’m not surprised though. You always have a good story to tell and I’m sure every person that lands here enjoys your writing.

    You’ll get to 3000! Watch.

    Pearl

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    • trevor October 6, 2017, 3:25 pm

      am getting 30 i want 100 by xmas massive undertaking. 8 years on how many u get now?

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      • VagabondJourney October 15, 2017, 8:37 am

        In 2012 Google decided to pretty much wipe independent publishers out of their search ecosystem. Remember that “make money travel blogging” movement? Well, it used to be something real that got systematically killed off in this purge. Now, we get around 2,000 visitors per day, and this has been constant since the massacre of 2012 and the follow up attacks that followed.

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  • Andy HoboTraveler.com September 5, 2009, 4:19 am

    Attaboy, good work, you deserve the traffic, you work hard Wade.

    Keep repeating what works and there is no limit to traffic.

    Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com September 5, 2009, 6:27 pm

      Thank you Andy,

      I really appreciate it!

      Wade

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  • Heidi September 5, 2009, 7:26 am

    Congratulations Wade! This is only the start for you and your excellent site. Best of luck in reaching your 3,000 visitors daily.

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  • reina September 5, 2009, 10:28 am

    Sorry my comment -take it from me- was meant for the travelling archaeologist post………

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  • david September 7, 2009, 2:40 am

    Congratz Wade!

    Guess I’ve also been following the last 3 or 4 years, and always look forward to seeing my vagabond RSS feed updated. Thanks for all your hard work and commitment! You just make another office day a bit more bearable, and keep a dream flickering…

    Holding thumbs for you.

    brgds,
    David

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com September 9, 2009, 10:25 am

      Thanks Dave,

      But the congratulations should go out to you!

      50,000 visitors in a day. Pretty good!

      You are rolling on to the big time now, and you deserve it.

      Walk Slow,

      Wade

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  • youbetterwork September 8, 2009, 9:01 am

    I get these emails at work – and while sitting behind the computer screen in the corporate world of banking the posts and the site as a whole have never looked better.

    You and Andy have inspired me to travel as well.

    I’ll be in Cambodia this November!
    And then maybe Thailand, and then maybe Laos, and then maybe India, and then maybe who knows…

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com September 9, 2009, 10:23 am

      This comment made me real happy. It is really good to know that this travelogue could — in a small way — give someone the shot of impetus to go out and travel!

      I will forward this comment to Andy as well, as I am sure that he will also appreciate it.

      Thank you for reading! Thank you for traveling!

      You make all the time I put into publishing Vagabondjourney.com worth it.

      Wade

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