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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fantasy Book Critic breaks 1 Million Pageviews

Sometime last week FBC broke 1 Million page-views according to the site-meter. Robert started the site in March 2007 so it took FBC about 28 months to reach this number.

We also broke 350 reviews with #350 coming from our newest contributor Mihir Wanchoo and we hope to reach 400 reviews in September.

Interviews are less predictable but we hope to reach 65 by the end of the year and of course we hope to keep up with the monthly spotlights and maybe offer a 2010 preview too as Robert offered the 2009 preview last fall.

We are truly grateful that our love of books expressed here resonates with so many readers!

Note: Since there was some discussion on the topic recently, we want to emphasize that all the links we offer (Amazon, BookDepository, publishers...) are done as a courtesy and for the benefit of the readers ONLY and FBC and its contributors do not derive any financial benefit out of them, so for example ordering a book through any of our links does not lead to any financial compensation for us, we are NOT Amazon affiliates... We do not do ads and any banners or book widgets we offer are again at our discretion and for the purposes of showcasing the books we love.

While we receive review copies, many of the books reviewed are bought or otherwise obtained independently
(library, friends...) by the contributors - (Liviu's note: ~45% in my case from the records I keep, with an extra ~10% received from the authors directly, and only ~45% publisher review copies) - and we generally request a book for review because we think we would love it, rather than review a book because someone sent it to us.

FBC is a site whose motto could be "Here we love books!!" and while we do negative or so-so reviews, even the occasional "un-reviews", our goal first and foremost is to showcase books someone here loves and luckily there are quite a few such and from quite a wide spectrum genre and style-wise to have lots of original content.

On a final note a very special thank you to Becca for creating our lovely Thank you picture. :)


bloggeratf said...

Congratulations! When can we expect a million unique visitors?

Its great that you don't 'whore' yourself out as an associate, but since you already go through all the work of posting the links, why not start a charity fund or something along those lines?

Cindy said...

I can only find data on 2009 for unique visitors so maybe Liviu can find that out.

I personally don't feel comfortable with a charity fund. I don't want people to feel they have to pay to read. I do this reviewing for fun and never expected to get paid for it and while I can only speak for myself, I believe the others feel the same way.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! I must admit, it is because of this blog, which I discovered through posting on sffworld (thereby coming across Liviu), that has helped encourage and spur me to start my own. Granted my own is for entirely different reasons, but I love this blog and have followed it religiously since I first found it. Keep up the great work.

Adele said...

Congratulations!!! It's a great site.

Mihai A. said...

Congratulations! And may you reach many more milestones along a pleasant and fun road towards the goals you want to reach :)

Liviu said...

Thank you for the kind words.

It was just fortuitous that the 1M page-view happened around July 4 so we thought that a celebratory post is appropriate.

I see nothing wrong in itself with ads or supporting links but as with other things that we do or do not do here, it is something that does not fit our needs/interests as well as not really adding value or being useful.

However, recently there was all this overblown chatter about FTC, bloggers and all so we felt having our position on the record is useful, but we do not want the note to be seen as judgmental of others since that is not its intent.

Phil said...

Congratulations!!! It's a great achievement. You're doing an impressive work with this site and I hope you'll have a long life!

Jeff C said...

Congrats, Liviu and Cindy! Gimme another 5 years, and I'll be able to make the same post about my site :)

Ben said...

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

This is a great site. You should be proud of your accomplishments. You bring a lot of value to your readers.

ediFanoB said...

Congratulations! What a milestone!
I really appreciate your blog.It is a great source for me.
Keep up the good work!

Clare said...

Huzzah - congratulations!!!

Fabio Fernandes said...

Thank you all (though I must say the merit, IMHO, goes to Robert and to Liviu, who´s been carrying the fire beautifully since Robert stepped down).

As for a charity fund, I agree wholeheartedly with Cindy and Liviu. We do it for fun. We do it for love - of books, of reading, of SF&F, of literature, or words.

Patrick said...


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Could someone please give me advise on what I should do next on the book review blog I just started? Thankyou


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