20,000th subscriber today!

November has been a great month for World Vital Records. Today we reached a significant milestone by adding our 20,000th paying customer. We’ll highlight her in an upcoming newsletter. She is a genealogist from Delta, Colorado.

In August we issued a press release when we reached our 10,000 subscriber milestone, and here we are just three months later at the 20,000 subscriber mark.

Our entire company appreciates each customer who signs up for our premium databases and also those who try our free services such as FamilyLink.com. We also appreciate our wonderful content partners who have helped us grow our collection of genealogical information. We’re approaching 1 billion names in our databases. And we appreciate our affiliates and business partners for helping us share our services with their customers.

The 20,000 mark is also significant because that’s how many paying subscribers Ancestry.com got in its first year, from April 1997 to April 1998.

Of course Ancestry.com is the pace-setter in the genealogical industry and one of the greatest successes in the world of online subscription content. To be where they were after their first year is a great accomplishment. We look forward to many years of serving families around the world. And we appreciate everyone who is making it possible for us to grow and prosper: investors, partners, customers, affiliates.

Thanks to all!

2 Comments

  1. Congratulations on running a successful subscription model. Very impressive since many these days feel like advertising is the way to go – definitely not. Here are some stats:

    According to Bizak.com subscription models average $1.02 Earnings per Visitor (EPV). This is much better than most advertising models that range from a low of $0.06 EPV (Google Adsense) to $0.19 EPV (In House Advertising.) Even though subscription models tend to be more profitable than advertising models they still are only used by 8% of the startups listed on Bizak.com. Advertising makes up 58% of online revenue models with Adsense representing 21.5% and In House Advertising 25%.

  2. Paul,

    Excellent work. 20,000 is a great accomplishment. 20,000 paid subscribers is amazing!

    Its nice to see this working so well for you Paul. After all the hard work you and your employees have done.

    FamilyLink.com is a great niche twist on genealogy, and genealogy work.

    Cheers,

    -Bart

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