Who Is Signing Up Now?

We’re trying a Social Proof experiment on our home page in the left navigation that refreshes once a minute.

It shows you who just signed up and which city & country they are from (but doesn’t disclose who they are or any personally identifiable data):

What do you think of this?

What should be really interesting is watching this around the clock to see where the signups are coming from… as I know they peak in whichever countries the sun is currently shining on.

Insider Info: We’ll also be testing the copy below the box to see which words create the highest conversion to new member sign ups… and after that is optimized, we’ll go a 2nd layer deeper to figure out which sign up words create the most conversions that end up doing something, sending in their first article & engaging their account vs. just signing up and not engaging.


Ugur writes:

Chris, this is a very attractive idea. Could be habit forming actually :-)) I’m sure it’ll increase the stickiness of your Index page.

Also, congrats for your 11 million unique visitors a month! That’s very impressive.

I’m also surpised to learn that “the typical visitor [to EzineArticles also] visits bodybuildingforyou.com, patronizes beauty.ivillage.com, and reads healthboards.com.”

An interesting health+fitness correlation there.



Comment provided May 21, 2008 at 4:53 PM


Dave writes:

I also think that it is a good idea and just like I would expect you are testing, testing, testing.

Keep up the good work!

Comment provided May 21, 2008 at 5:40 PM


mizayahya writes:

Testing and evaluate – good – will keep folowwing the progress.

Comment provided May 21, 2008 at 6:41 PM


bard writes:

Thank You Very Much For Giving all of us an Ideas And Full of Information from your blog Chris.

I love your Good Job And Creative Ideas too.

Well Done..

Comment provided May 21, 2008 at 10:16 PM




I cannot confirm or deny what QuantCast has found, other than that’s their opinion of our traffic. :)

I can tell you that the RSS feeds well consumed by the fitness industry publishers have a lot to do with our success and our members success with those niches.

Last night, I admit watching EzineArticles.com home page, refreshing it once a minute a few times and really enjoyed watching various new members from around the world join.

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 7:59 AM


aris purwanto writes:

Chris you great had the idea to make website with unique…So make the person curious and will open website. I think idea must be tried.

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 10:18 AM


Edward Weiss writes:

Looks like you’re following AWeber’s lead. I personally love this feature.

It makes the site look fresh ALL the time … which is what you want I assume.

Another great site that’s been using this for years is http://www.davesgarden.com This guy’s a genius. Both a programmer and a garden enthusiast, he created this niche site that contains both membership and ad revenue.

I tried to model it but I don’t know how to program this feature in myself. Any ideas?

— Edward

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 2:02 PM


Jan Verhoeff writes:


Thank you for the link to Dave’s Garden site. Sometimes a link appears in the strangest places and offers a solution to another problem. I went to look for the programmer issue (thought I might help you) and found a solution for the nasty little purple flowers that invaded what wasn’t drought tarnished of my garden last year.

Spamming links can be a tremendous bonus at times. Thank you for sharing.


I like the informational post and the changes on the front page. I found it particularly interesting when I opened it up to find a client of mine had signed on a few minutes earlier. My congratulatory note to him in email was a complete shock. I think he was keeping it a secret that he’d joined. LOL

Not that I plan to sit on the site 24/7 to see who does sign on, but it was a nice way for me to encourage this particular NEW ‘article marketer’ to take the next step.


Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM




I don’t see what you’re seeing Edward in DavesGarden.com… unless one has to be logged in to see the feature?

We had wanted to do this feature a while back but when we mocked it up, our number of new members was too scarce (compared to today).

We’ve already improved on it by including a sub 59 second count down for the first position.

Perhaps Aweber should add the flags thing to theirs or only show the new sign ups from the originating country to show what kind of commitment the site has to clients/members of each country.

I don’t know that it’s made any difference yet on new member signups until we get a few more days of data. There was a spike yesterday, but it looked normal with the ebb & flow of members joining.


Ewwww…that’s the kind of thing we were hoping to avoid… as we want new users to know they can trust us to not disclose data they wouldn’t want disclosed.

We’re uber-paranoid when it comes to protecting members privacy…

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 4:03 PM


Edward Weiss writes:

Sorry abot that. The “new members” feature used to be on the homepage. He also used to show the “birthdays” of when people signed up, i.e. if you’ve been a member of the site for a year, that’s displayed as well.

You can even click on the link and get some info on the user. They have their own gardening journal and so on… what kinds of plants they like as well.

The reason I mention this site at all is because the owner was doing social stuff long before it became the rave it is today.

Plus, he’s got close to 300,000 members! Pretty impressive.

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM


Jim writes:

Just seeing all the new members from all over the world has caused us realize that we are missing a lot of markets outside the US.

We need to focus outside the box.

Comment provided May 22, 2008 at 7:48 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Yes, I noticed this the other day, pretty cool indeed.

Comment provided May 23, 2008 at 1:12 AM


Jan Verhoeff writes:


We’re on the Internet. We’re writing with the intent to publish links to our websites and bring noteriety to ourselves and our businesses.

Is there serious intent for privacy here?

I guess I hadn’t thought of that aspect of article marketing.

Comment provided May 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM



I think it is a very good idea. Everyone likes to see his name in print. It will encourage one to contribute more often.

Comment provided May 24, 2008 at 4:15 PM



Hi Chris!

This is very nice! Is this an experiment only? I had no time to visit EzineArticles for long!
Of course I think that this fresh information is very good!

I’m happy because my webmaster solved the problem of the dead links in my old posts because I changed my first site’s appearance (while my server only applauded him), and anyhow now I don’t need to waste my time with several messages trying to solve this problem! He made a combination that I cannot explain you, quite funny, because he used my personal domain name christinasponias.com that is connected to booksirecommend.com and I don’t remember what else, to make this magic!

The important is that now all my links are live and everyone is happy downloading my free ebook 2 and listening to my free audio ebook 1!

What a relief!… If I knew that we could have this problem, it would be avoided, of course! But the experts I trusted didn’t think about this possibility! Wish I had several technicians like yours, improving my sites!

Comment provided May 24, 2008 at 9:33 PM


James Orr writes:

I wonder if this feature would boost the number of people that register and play our on-line investment game.

I just added the ability to compete against the current high score holders, but maybe even moving that to the home page or the last 10 people that signed up to play and their current turn would be a cool thing to show.

Hmmm… that’s for the idea.



Comment provided May 26, 2008 at 1:23 AM


Muzaffer writes:

This is very good feature indeed and I observed this; really incredible.

Comment provided May 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM


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