I find the whole online world a fascinating space. My Idea Mapping Website went up 3 years ago this month. At that time I knew NOTHING about creating a website and hadn’t heard of blogging. With the guidance of Cornel Ivanescu (Founder of Urban Verve — ranked one of the top 10 web design companies in the Midwest), the amount of traffic coming to my site has soared in the last 3 years. I’ll give you some examples:

In June of 2006 (first month of existence) we had 834 unique visitors view 10,362 pages within the site. We had 49,553 hits and 145 referrers that month. In June of 2007 I had 4,256 unique visitors view 11,514 pages within the site. We had 223,621 hits and 751 referrers.

In June of 2008 we had 16,627 unique visitors view 66,434 pages within the site. We had 365,432 hits and 1,321 referrers. We closed out 2008 with over 1/4 of a million visitors. Last month we had 44,748 unique visitors view 159,061 pages within the site. We had 599,087 hits and 2,902 referrers. We are on track for over 1/2 of a million visitors this year!

Last month Google made the Idea Mapping Website an authority site. This is an honor. I’ve learned so much in the last 3 years and I want to personally thank Cornel for being such an important business partner in this area. In today’s world, if you don’t have a presence on the internet, you won’t be found. I also want to thank you — the readers of this blog, the website visitors, and the many, many workshop participants over the years. Your willingness to share idea maps, mind maps, portraits, and suggestions is what makes this community valuable to all.

If you want some expert assistance on developing a blog or a website, I encourage you to contact Cornel by visiting his site – UrbanVerve