BallOfSpray continues to grow

HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
edited August 2012 in Site Info & Instructions

BallOfSpray is a labor of love and a personal obsession. According to Google 548,549 web pages were viewed by 28,685 readers last month.  I believe that makes BallOfSpray the most influential media source in water skiing. 

I want to say thank you to all the Ballers. Without all of you I am just a skier with a web site. Together we can promote the sport we love.

Sincerely,

John Horton

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  • E_TE_T Posts: 542 extraterrestrial trouble maker
    Thanks @Horton for all the hard work you do! For those who dont know there is a little yellow button at the bottom left that says donate, please feel free to donate so that this site can keep going strong! Heck even donate to the ballofscores app to keep that up and running as well!
    E.T. phone home!
    I like reese's pieces

    "Leave nothing on the dock"~AM
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
    Thanks @E_T

    If you use BallOfScores please donate. That is not me. It is all a poor college kid. I have thrown him a few dollars but that is not enough.

    If you love the site, please do business with my advertisers and tell them you are a Baller. The business goal around here is to make the advertisers happy. If we make the advertisers happy, I can do more to make the site bigger and better.

    If you are hard core and want do more, a few dollars is great. Those funds all go toward hosting and tech cost. If you are down to your last $10 go buy beer, enjoy the site and don't worry about it.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Connelly / DBSkis /   Denali / Eden Ski Lake  / Goode / HO Syndicate / MasterCraft / Masterline

    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

  • lcarneslcarnes Posts: 105 Solid Baller
    Many thanks to all you do-I love this site! It may be a small sport, but we are all pretty darn obsessed, and it's nice to be able to read about skiing when I'm resting between sets.
  • AggieSkierAggieSkier Posts: 200 Baller
    Congrats on the website growth.

    I'm sorry to see that The Waterski Forum is closing shop this month. Maybe you should acquire the domain name.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
    @JayG80 thanks and already in process.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Connelly / DBSkis /   Denali / Eden Ski Lake  / Goode / HO Syndicate / MasterCraft / Masterline

    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

  • thagerthager Posts: 3,842 Mega Baller
    @JayG80 I think he already has it.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,084 Crazy Baller
    I am one of the newbs and I already very much appreciate the info I have found here. thanks a ton! I will do all I can to help promote it.
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,816
    So because of us, you're the Intergalactic Ball of Hair with a website, right?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,115
    Congrats John! I can think of no bigger gift to the sport, well done.
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
    ***Robbed out of Hundreds of Panda Worthy Posts***
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,169 Mega Baller
    Those are impressive numbers, John. Congratulations on BOS's latest PB and many thanks.
    www.FinWhispering.com ... because understanding is better than memorizing
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,653 Mega Baller
    edited August 2012
    That's really impressive. Who knew there were 27,000 people who gave a damn about slalom water skiing, much less that they'd all come here in one month.

    I've been trying to find a way to take credit for this, but so far comin' up empty. But I'm pretty sure this is all my doing for some reason -- I just haven't thought of it yet!

    But in all seriousness, awesome job with the site.

    I think I said last year that the growth rate couldn't continue because eventually every single person with any interest in slalom would be visiting here, but I'm VERY glad to see I was wrong. Could there be 50,000 or 100,000 out there!?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,746 Mega Baller
    @Horton - Thanks for all you have done with Ballofspray. I am also one of the newbie's on here. Have searched other sites for info on waterski stuff, but this is by far the best one there is. So many different skill levels and questions that can be asked and answered. That is what makes waterskiing so great, it's a tight knit community. If there is a Ballofspray hat for sale at the Malibu Open - I'm getting one.

    I would love for this sport to become more popular, can you imagine if there were waterski parks around the country?

    @MS - and for those in Canada - imagine if there were ski lakes as prolific as ice rinks in Canda? I love hockey and waterskiing.....best of both worlds: winter and summer sports!

    How else can we promote this great sport? First step is this site. Thanks John Horton for all you have done for waterskiing! I hope to someday meet you at a Malibu Open and personally say thank you!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
    Yea Than I do not expect growth to continue at this rate. In fact August should be smaller than July because the search engines are still confused about the software upgrade and server move I did 2 weeks ago. As long as the site is a positive force in the sport I am happy.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Connelly / DBSkis /   Denali / Eden Ski Lake  / Goode / HO Syndicate / MasterCraft / Masterline

    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
    edited August 2012
    Like i said above..... Visit my advertisers first. I started taking donations because Ballers offered.

    Don't get me wrong donations are great but advertising is the model.

    At my current rates i believe advertising on BallOfSpray is cheap. I think the industry just has not figured out how it all stacks up.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Connelly / DBSkis /   Denali / Eden Ski Lake  / Goode / HO Syndicate / MasterCraft / Masterline

    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,831 Administrator
    As of today: Traffic for 2012 so far equals all traffic for all of 2011.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Connelly / DBSkis /   Denali / Eden Ski Lake  / Goode / HO Syndicate / MasterCraft / Masterline

    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,084 Crazy Baller
    @Horton, Cool, Congrats! I hope you receive much personal satisfaction (and some financial benefit, however small) out of it. It sure is a help to us ballers!
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