We were asked by a reader/commenter to shed some light on some of the behind the scenes action here at Sparta Report. Fossten, Doomberg, and myself each wrote a little bit about our experiences here over the past two years working on this website.
My favorite part about Sparta Report is seeing articles go viral. It is exciting to see in our analytics applications a huge spike in traffic to the site. In nearly all cases, the site doesn’t even hiccup!
It is crazy, knowing that each time an article gets shared and seen by more people, the greater the chance on of our pieces may get across a big name influencer. For example, this is what happened when Ann Coulter linked our article on Twitter:
That is 629 active users within the span of five minutes. It was like that for days on end after a single tweet from her. Just for perspective, Presidential election night returns in November 2016 never exceeded 120 active users on any article.
We have had Mike Cernovich, Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, CNN, Snopes, Whatfinger, and a few others share our articles to their large audiences. We’ve ranked very high on Google for some of our articles as well, which can bring in a flood of traffic to our website, the most recent example was for the breaking situation regarding the Nicholas Cruz story in Florida.
The worst part of website management is that I do not really get to have a lot of time to screw around with my real life. It always seems that right when I plan to do something cool, the website seems to decide that it is “time to die.” Since I’m the only one who really knows what to do, I get to stay up all night fixing things. Yay!
The thing I like most about Sparta Report is being able to discuss interesting topics that don’t get much play in the conservative blogosphere, like the politics of obscure locales such as the US territories and Latin America. I feel like I have something worth saying about these places, as opposed to regurgitating opinions of whatever the “MSM Idiotic Outrage of the Day” is, opinions you can probably read on other sites anyway.
Many of our other authors, such as Patrick and PolAgnostic, also bring unique perspectives and knowledge to the table well. No one knows the housing market better than Patrick, and PolAgnostic was among the first to warn us that Jeff Sessions might not have the Trump administration’s best interests at heart. Additionally, NWC is now my most trusted poll analyst.
I firmly believe this site would not be as successful as it is without the diverse collection of talent we’ve assembled.
Over two years ago, I told my wife that I wanted an opportunity to be heard; To share my thoughts and concerns about politics and the world with people. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with this awesome group of readers and commenters just a few short months later.
It’s amazing to think we’ve been doing this for two years now. And it’s also satisfying to know that, in some small way, we played a part in helping Donald Trump reach the White House, thus granting our country a reprieve from utter destruction.
The best part of this journey has been the camaraderie, both with the commenters and the staff. Seeing everyone rally round when our fellows fall by the wayside is heart warming.
The worst part has been having to dismiss people who just could not get past their own frustrations in order to stick around and be a part of a lovable, always dysfunctional, but ever growing, family.
Someday we hope to be as relevant as Breitbart. I mean, if you want to be successful, find the gold standard and reach for it, right?