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Site Stuff: Our best month ever

Things are awesome around here. Just thought I’d share.

DALI KOVACEVIC / DKPS

Things are awesome around here. Just thought I’d share.

All of our results revolve around what happens in sports at any given time. Because of that, the only way to evaluate how we are doing is year-over-year. Now that we’ve got one month of football into the calendar year, a full spring training and a month of baseball, one month of Stanley Cup playoffs — always huge for us — we can pretty much see what kind of year we are going to have.

I was so excited to see the April 2018 vs. April 2017 numbers that I decided to share. Because it ended up being the best month in this business’ history:

• Advertising revenue: Up 462%

• Partnerships/sponsorship revenue: Up 17%

• Subscription revenue: Up 127%

OK, the rush before the recent price increase had something to do with the last one, but still!

The first quarter is always slow, which makes me so nervous every year, so to see this April feels good. To see the value of our service grow and be appreciated by readers and business partners alike is inspiring, and it keeps us motivated to try to bring you the best we can every day.

ONLY 16 LIFETIMES LEFT

We are at 484 in the Lifetime Lunatic category, with nine more sold in the past week. Once we hit 500, that’s the end of the program forever, so only 16 remain.

It has been amazing to hear from so many of you who have bought Lifetimes about wanting to stay involved in our site and continue helping in other ways. I will share more with you about this in the weeks to come, once we come up with a good plan, but we would love to do that. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in upgrading to any level at any time for any reason, click or tap My Account in the menu, then click or tap Upgrade Subscription. — Dali Kovacevic

MORE REASONS TO HATE WASHINGTON

Forget draining the swamp. How about taking about a half-million cars off the road? That might solve some problems in Washington.

For those of you who weren’t aware, I pinch hit for Lance Lysowski this week for the Pirates’ four-game series in Washington — yeah, I know, they’re now 0-5 when I cover them this season.

Anyway, getting to and from Nationals Park during the day is about as easy as brokering peace in the Middle East.

The Nationals have created even more issues this year by taking away the media parking lot. That meant the only places close to the stadium to park were $50. And, oh by the way, were only open three hours before game time. Considering there is an open clubhouse and the manager speaks four hours before the game, that was a bit of an issue.

To top things off, the Nationals had their presidents races each game and worked in some way to include references to the Capitals throughout, much to the happiness of the home crowd.

I get it. It’s playing to the crowd and what it wants. But wasn’t it enough the Nationals were embarrassing the Pirates on the field all week?

Dale Lolley

OUR GLOBAL EDITING CORPS

One real point of pride for this site/app has been our presentation. From the day I downloaded the first, rawest WordPress page to get this thing started in 2014, I emphasized the product having a professional appearance, from the copy being clean to ease of navigation, to world-class photography and graphics.

It isn’t always perfect, of course, but that doesn’t mean we can’t strive for it.

To that end, we’re grateful beyond words for great friends and contributors and volunteers helping us with proofreading, notably Jerry Wolper and Bob Maddamma, but also our man Dave Devine in Germany, Alexandre Giesbrecht in Brazil, Greg Yoko, Stephen Petrilli, Carl Tabacjar, David Lackner, Eric Seeger, James Cole and so, so, so many more who regularly send corrections to Typos@DKPittsburghSports.com

Especially this time of year, when we’re flooding the site with content from all over, it’s really appreciated.

Oh, and if I left your name out, please accept my apology, then shoot an email to Typos, and I’ll be happy to make that correction, too! — Dejan Kovacevic

APP CHECKUP

We recently updated the Apple and Android apps to allow for smoother-loading videos and GIFs, and the response so far has been really positive. We’re also undergoing a comprehensive analysis of both apps — logins, crashes, the whole deal — to make sure they’re absolutely optimal moving forward.

If you have a specific issue with your app, please email — and I can’t stress enough that email is what’s needed — to Help@DKPittsburghSports.com, including your device, platform and operating system. With your assistance, we can make the app the best it can be. Now is the time.

Both our apps are free and updated regularly. Get your app or update your existing app by tapping the appropriate button below. — Dejan Kovacevic

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BACK TO BUSINESS

• Subscriptions are at 38,473. That’s minus-5 over the past week.

• We had 918,059 page views, according to Google Analytics. Our most-hit article — exempting live files — was DK’s column on Tom Wilson’s latest head shot at 13,529.

• We’re at 28,702 (+45) followers on Facebook, we’re at 28,403 (+62) on Twitter, we’re at 8,725 (+16) on Instagram, and we’re at 642 (+5) on YouTube. These figures are just for our official company account on each platform, not for us as individuals.

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