June 1, 2013

May 2013 Reports

Prepare to Serve – Progress Report

May’s been a good month.  I tried to do a couple video interviews each week on top of doing an internship I need to complete for graduation.  This month we had less visitors than last month- this is because of the big spike we had one day last month when we received about 5,000 visitors in one day.

While some of the numbers are lower than last month, the website has been growing.  We decided this month to restructure the titles of our YouTube interview clips to be more descriptive.  Perhaps the fastest growth we saw this month was in YouTube video views- it went from about 3,500 views in April to about 7,000 views in May.  I suspect the number of people we reach through video interview clips will steadily increase each month.

Up to date we have about 9,346 mission prep and travel videos embedded on the website.

Other happenings this month:

  • Our “Friends of LDS Missionaries,” (Google Plus community) grew to over 600 members (about 330 last month).
  • We found out about and wrote articles on up and coming missionary mobile apps and using Skype in the MTC.
  • I wrote down my testimony and compiled a list of events I feel have helped us be able to pursue this mission preparation website (tender mercies, if you will).
  • LDSMag.com and MormonWoman.org linked to Prepare to Serve.
  • My wife installed a useful WordPress plugin called “N-relate”, which suggest articles to read at the end of each article. This significantly increased the average number of page views per visitor.

PreparetoServe.com – Traffic Report

Website Analytics – May 2013


Unique visitors: 6,434 (last month= 10,996)
Visits: 7,854 (last month= 12,560)
Page views: 16,984 (last month= 19,763)
New visitors: 76.8% (last month= 85%)
Returning visitors: 23.2% (last month= 15%)

Top Cities (visitors):

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Provo
  3. Orem
  4. Sandy
  5. Lehi
  6. West Jordan
  7. Denver
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Boise
  10. St. George
  11. South Jordan
  12. Phoenix
  13. Idaho Falls
  14. Logan
  15. Bountiful
  16. San Fransisco
  17. Las Vegas
  18. Ogden
  19. American Fork
  20. Mesa

Traffic Sources

Search visits: 3,680 (last month= 3,864)
Referral visits: 1,978 (last month= 5,806)
Direct visits: 2,196 (last month= 2,890)

Top Referring Websites:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Meridian Magazine
  4. Cougar Board
  5. YouTube
  6. Google Plus
  7. LDS Living
  8. KSL
  9. Paper.li
  10. Google Plus
  11. Modern Mormon Men
  12. Manta
  13. OS Mormons
  14. Pinterest
  15. Blogger
  16. Just For The Sisters blog
  17. Mormon Woman
  18. Mormon Life Hacker
  19. Mormon Haven
  20. Patheos

Website all-time stats (November 2012-May 2013)

Unique visitors: 29,092
Search visits: 12,078
Referral visits: 13,930
Direct visits: 10,441

YouTube Analytics – May 2013

Total subscribers: 141
Total video interview segments: 1,028

May’s video views:  7,050 (last month= 3,604)
May’s view time (in minutes): 6,050 (last month= 2,510)

Prepare to Serve – Financial Report

Sponsorship/Donations – May 2013

  • DearElder.com sponsorship: $100/month
  • CTR Clothing sponsorship: $100/month
  • LDSBookstore.com sponsorship: $100/month
  • Cover Me Modest sponsorship: $100/month

Approximate total sponsorship: $400

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