As part of our commitment to be open and transparent with our readers, 5Pillarz is once more publishing figures on its performance and finances, writes editor Roshan Muhammed Salih.
Alhamdulilah, we have just had our most successful month ever in terms of visitor traffic and we are now averaging around 8,000 unique visitors a day to the website and often we get a lot more than that.
Last month we had around 270,000 unique visitors to the site, around 70 per cent of whom were from the UK. Although we have readers from literally all over the world, our main audience outside of the UK is in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, the UAE and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, our Facebook page is growing really big now and we have over 100,000 fans!. On the other hand, Twitter is still proving more of an uphill struggle and we only have around 2,500 followers. Please rectify this by following us @5Pillarz.
In terms of our finances we are receiving around £450 a month from our readers which we use to sustain the journalism and technical aspects of our website. Specifically, this money allows us to pay our journalism expenses, take out some small adverts and cover any technical problems that need fixing on the site itself.
I must emphasize that we DO NOT accept any money from anybody who wants something in return. Our number one priority is maintaining independence, trust and credibility and if that means we stay poor then so be it!
That said, we do need to find ways of financing the site better and ultimately it is only our readers’ support that will sustain us. So if you like what we do please do donate by clicking on the following link. Surely £5 a month on a direct debit isn’t too much to support this great community resource which is run on a voluntary basis?
Finally, I’d like to briefly outline the future plans that we have for this site.
Firstly, we need to increase revenue so that we can grow journalistically and technically.
Secondly, we plan to change the name of the site to “5Pillars”.
And finally, we plan to launch a 5Pillars mobile phone app which will be available on Android and Apple.
In the meantime, please keep reading, sharing, commenting and supporting us. Jazak’Allah Khair.