Tomorrow, January 2, 2006 will be the two year anniversary of when I launched Findory.com.
It has been great fun building Findory as it grows and grows. And Findory sure has been growing. Below is a graph of total viewed hits on Findory.com each quarter for the last two years:
"Viewed hits" means hits on the webservers excluding robots and redirects. Viewed hits in December 2005 was 4.5M, total hits 7.1M, viewed page views 3.2M, and total page views 5.9M.
Growth was 16% month-to-month in Q4 2005, a little slower than the growth rate earlier in the year, but still healthy growth. At that rate, Findory's traffic doubles every five months.
It is interesting to compare Findory's traffic levels with some related startups and websites. For one example, according to Alexa, Findory's traffic is roughly the same level as Rojo, Memeorandum, and MSN's Start.com.
When I finished the bookkeeping for this month, I was pleased to discover that Findory was also cash flow positive (by a few dollars) in December 2005. Fun milestone.
Including early work and prototypes before Findory.com launched, I have been working on Findory for about 2 1/2 years now. Running this scrappy, resource-starved, self-funded startup has been a remarkable experience, learning how to do everything from system administration to economical viral marketing to wading through legal goo. I look forward to what 2006 will bring.