World Vital Records most popular international search page is our German Genealogy Search page. According to Overture, there were 1045 searches on the Yahoo Network last month for "german genealogy" and 292 for "germany genealogy."
Internet entrepreneurs who study web analytics can find excuses all the time to celebrate small victories and large. Yesterday we had another one. World Vital Records had its highest page views ever yesterday with 58,398. Our previous high was 43,828. As we add more and more content to our site (and all our new databases are free for 10 days), we will continue to generate buzz (14 mentions in the blogosphere yesterday) and more visitors. Our subscriber count continues to grow as well.
Our top priority at World Vital Records is understanding our customers needs. A VC friend told me recently that if you choose a market and understand your customers' needs better than anyone else, and meet those needs, that you will be successful.
Our World Vital Records team has launched international genealogy search engines for 11 countries, with 18 more in the pipeline already. Our intial list includes a search engine for genealogy in China and a search engine for genealogy in India. Other countries include Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Kenya, the Philippines, Tonga, Turkey, and Ukraine.
In December our web analytics showed that Worldvitalrecords.com had visitors from 117 countries. Now we are up to 141 countries. The web is truly a global phenomenon. So is family history. World Vital Records is helping people all over the world find their ancestors. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the coming months.
I love Art Buchwald and didn't know that he had passed away until I saw his pre-filmed video obituary. The New York Times has rolled out a service they call "The Last Word" where they allow famous people to say goodbye and tell how they would like to be remembered.
In an effort to focus my time and attention on one company for the next few years, I have decided to change the title of my blog from Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur to Paul Allen: Internet Genealogy. I have been blogging for more than 3 years. I think I have made about 750 posts during that time, many of them about internet marketing, entrepreneurship, angel investing, the success of Google and other popular web sites, and other such topics. Someday I'll probably write a book for entrepreneurs. And someday I'll probably change the focus of my blog back to entrepreneurship.
World Vital Records officially launched its affiliate program this week with the most generous commissions in the genealogy industry. I believe we are the first genealogy company to offer recurring revenue for affiliates when a subscriber renews their subscription. I know that many genealogy affiliates have wanted this for a long time. Here are the details from Brad Pace, who manages our new genealogy affiliate program.
After some wonderful time off with my family, I regretfully went back to work yesterday with one of those feelings of being completely overwhelmed -- there are so many hundreds of things on my to-do list and so many dozens of things to blog about. I know I'll never catch up so I won't even try. One of my main New Year's Resolutions is to not get behind on email. Last year I ended the year with about 1,700 "unread" messages in my inbox. The problem is that I had read many (maybe even most) of them on my Blackberry, but they didn't show up in gmail as having been read. It is frustrating to occasionally use my Desktop email only and to see so many unread messages that you know you can't even make a dent in them. And trying to remember which ones you've already read is also frustrating.