Nick Denton, Gawker Media CEO/overlord, tweeted earlier today that his network of sites set a new record in January, with 35.6 million unique visitors.
January was also the first month A.J. Daulerio edited the Gawker flagship after moving over from Deadspin, and it included the Great Pageview Experiment, in which each writer took a day to try and get as many pageviews as he or she could — by any means.
We used Gawker’s on-site pageview counter to tabulate the early results for eight writers: Daulerio, John Cook, Brian Moylan, Maureen O’Connor, Max Read, Hamilton Nolan, Adrian Chen, and Leah Beckmann, who went in that order.
(Jim Newell resigned on his assigned day. Coincidence?!?! Probably.)
We’ve ranked them in order of total pageviews. Keep in mind that the writers who went first had more time for their posts to accumulate traffic.
8. Daulerio: 366,253 total; 33,296 per post.
7. Nolan: 386,509 total; 29,731 per post.
6. Beckmann: 424,614 total; 30,329 per post.
5. Cook: 467,832 total; 42,530 per post.
4. O’Connor: 470,393 total; 29,399 per post.
3. Chen: 565,273 total; 62,808 per post.
2. Read: 864,724 total; 54,045 per post.
1. Moylan: 1,449,285 total; 90,580 per post.
Ryan Tate’s at bat today, so we’ll update tomorrow with his performance.
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