Psych Central by the Numbers, 2010In October 2010, according to comScore Media Metrix, Psych Central had 820,000 unique U.S. visitors to the site, and in November 2010, we had 933,000 visitors. That puts us in the top 50 most-visited of all health websites on the Internet today — a first for us!

Combined with our international audience, Google Analytics tells us we reach over 1.5 million unique visitors each and every month. Astounding, considering our humble beginnings of indexing other psychology and mental health resources online 15 years ago.

To put this in some context, more people visit Psych Central every month than any one of these sites:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association combined
  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Diabetes Association
  • BBC News – Health
  • Organized Wisdom
  • The British Medical Journal
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Jillian Michaels
  • Medical News Today
  • Jenny Craig
  • Daily Strength
  • Care Pages

And they’re not just coming from the U.S. While the U.S. constitutes the largest part of our audience, we get visitors from over 215 countries each and every month. These visits come from countries as diverse as India, the UK, Australia, Czech Republic, Iran, Qatar, Malta, Bahrain, Brazil, Sweden, Japan and Ghana.

What you may not appreciate is that Psych Central remains a small, independent company that devotes very little of our budget to marketing or search engine advertising. We focus instead on hiring great people who write great material. People find us because of the quality of the information we publish, and because of the supportive community you’ll find in our 160 support groups.

We can guarantee the quality of the information we publish because we’re run by mental health professionals — unlike most of the health and mental health websites out there. A deep, holistic and thorough understanding of all things mental health runs in every aspect of what we do, every tool we develop, every new article we publish.

I know 2010 was tough for many people, because although our economy is technically in a “recovery” (so the politicians tell us), it certainly doesn’t feel like it. I’m humbled by our readers loyalty and enthusiasm to share Psych Central with their friends and family — even during tough times.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I couldn’t do it without you, nor without the support of our fine writers and editors (as well as our enthusiastic and knowledgeable bloggers) who help to make Psych Central the successful mental health and psychology network it is today, now in its 16th year online.

2011 is looking like another banner year for us. If there’s anything you’d like to see us focus more on — any psychology or mental health topic — please, let us know by dropping a note in the comments section below.

I hope you have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!