New Rochelle Talk of the Sound was officially launched on September 1, 2008 with little fanfare and even less readers. In just six months of operations, our innovative hyper-local news site for New Rochelle has become the fastest growing ” New Rochelle” web site is the largest New Rochelle blog on the Internet.
We broke through the 30,000 visitor barrier exactly at our six month point — with most of the traffic coming in the past three months. Our average since launch is about 5,000 visitors a month but about 8,000 readers a month over the most recent three months.
The site as a whole is among the Top 50 search results for “New Rochelle” in Google with a Page Rank of 1 (out of 10). The story we broke on “Girl, Interrupted” is among the Top 15 results with a Google Page Rank of 6. When we began last summer, there were 2.3 million sites ahead of us. Today there are just a handful of sites ahead of Talk of the Sound in Google include the City of New Rochelle, the Wikipedia entry for New Rochelle, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle BID, City School District of New Rochelle, New Rochelle Police Department, Iona College, the Topix New Rochelle entry, the New Rochelle Public Library, the New Rochelle Humane Society and the New Rochelle Opera.
We are currently on track to achieve most of our goals for the first anniversary on September 1, 2009 and ahead of schedule in many ways. We now have hundreds of registered members, dozens of contributors, with over 3,000 blog posts and comments. We reached a national audience with our story on book censorship at New Rochelle High School and the distribution of campaign material to second graders. We have broke stories with original reporting by contributors including the case of a student and parent mistreated by school officials after the student broken both arms in a fall on a school playground.
Over the next six months we need to continue the general trend by bringing in more contributors, especially those who are publishing more positive news about New Rochelle. We have reached out to the New Rochelle BID, the former City Soundings Editor and other pro-New Rochelle groups but none has responded to our request for input. We have identified several local bloggers who are interested to write more about what is happening in downtown New Rochelle so we hope to bring you more of this sort of coverage.
In this next phase, we need to work with more community organizations to get their announcements on Talk of the Sound — PTAs, Churches, Schools, Community groups and non-profits, neighborhood associations. If you are involved with one these groups contact us to discuss how “cross-posting” information to Talk of the Sound can result in more traffic to your site and more attention for your events and announcements.
We need editors. We got our first volunteer editor last month – a sports editor who is currently reaching out to the various sports organizations in New Rochelle to get their content cross-posted on Talk of the Sound. If you would be interested to take on a particular “beat” or editor a particular section of the site please contact us.
To our readers — thanks for making the first six months of Talk of the Sound such a great success. We look forward to your continued support as we work towards our one year anniversary.