Gone Raw – The First Week

Well it’s been almost a week now since the public launch of our new favorite site for raw food recipes, Gone Raw. You’ll note I’ve linked to “raw food recipes,” rather than Gone Raw, because I’m trying to get the search engines to sit up and take notice! I’d love to search for those words and see the site come up somewhere in the results! We’ll get there.

Over the weekend, we got some good mentions in the Raw Food discussion boards, which brought in some great users. We got almost 30 users signing up, and we even got some recipe submissions! This is better than I’d hoped, as there’s still some kinks to iron out there. We also got some great feedback from folks, much of which we’ve already been able to incorporate into the site.

What’s particularly interesting is the behavior of visitors coming from different referral sources. For example, we were linked from rawfoodtalk.com, and these visitors tended to view 18 pages in one sitting! Compare that to our mention on Emily Chang’s eHub today, a directory of new “Web 2.0” sites. While we’re getting referrals from her site faster, we’re lucky if those visitors click past the home page! This isn’t too surprising, but it does speak to the quality of your referral source. I’m betting that few of eHub’s readers are on a raw foods diet. Yet!

It’s also been very rewarding to see Gone Raw mentioned by other folks, and in other forums. When your project has been up for less than a week, and already it’s getting rave reviews, you can’t help but feel good about your work. And hey, if we turn some people on to better diets in the process, so much the better.

Raymond Brigleb

Creative Director, dreamer, partner, father, musician, photographer. Has been known to ride the rails. Pulls one heck of a shot.