SamRayburn.com Reaches 152,000 Unique Visitors in 2014, up 30% from 2013




SamRayburn.com experienced another record-breaking year with over 152,000 unique visitors and 1.3 million page views, up over 30% from 2013. Since the launch in October 2008 SamRayburn.com has received over 4.4 million page views from 443,000 unique visitors.

As the top organic Google search result for nearly all “Sam Rayburn” keywords, SamRayburn.com has become the most popular resource for Lake Sam Rayburn visitors, weekenders and residents. In 2104, traffic to the real estate section of the site increased 139%, as it became the most popular section of the site. Lodging secured the 2nd most popular section with camping, fishing reports, maps and fishing guides rounding out the top 6 most popular sections of the site.

More Out of State Visitors
Site traffic from College Station was up 574% over 2013 as it moved up to become the 4th most popular origination city for SamRayburn.com behind Houston, Beaumont and Lufkin. Traffic from Dallas, Waco, San Antonio, Austin, Lumberton and Baytown were all included in the top 10 origination cities. From a national perspective, traffic from Louisiana experienced 60% growth while Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Kansas rounded out the top 10 states. “It is always interesting to track from where users access the site”, says Cassidy Lackey, Founder of SamRayburn.com. “It seems to indicate that Sam Rayburn is growing in popularity from visitors who reside outside Texas”.

Mobile and Social Continue To Grow
Smartphones and tablets continue to generate a tremendous amount of growth for the site. Smartphone traffic was up 76% while traffic from tablets was up 44% over 2013. Combined, smartphones and tablets now account for over 50% of the traffic to SamRayburn.com. Social channels have also continued to grow as the site now reaches over 29,000 Facebook fans, 4,000 weekly email subscribers and 129 twitter followers.

Exciting Plans for 2015
We continue to invest in the site and made great progress in 2014 by adding weather alerts, TPWD fishing reports as well as back-end changes to improve the speed and reliability of the site. In 2015 we have more exciting plans to take SamRayburn.com to a new level with additional opportunities for community involvement, redesigned weekender newsletter and much more!

Business Owners – Don’t Miss Out!
We have some incredible opportunities to promote your lake area businesses to and local residents, weekenders and lake visitors starting at just $25/mo. We expect to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in 2015 so don’t miss out! More advertising information can be found at SamRayburn.com/advertising.




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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast

Monday

Rain Showers

Hi: 87

Monday Night

Thunderstorms Likely

Lo: 70

Tuesday

Rain Showers

Hi: 83

Tuesday Night

Rain Showers

Lo: 71

Wednesday

Rain Showers

Hi: 80

Wednesday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 69

Thursday

Thunderstorms Likely

Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 69


Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 7/22: 168.08 (+3.68)



Lake Sam Rayburn

Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 4.27 feet above pool. The bite for all species seems to improve when the water is being generated. This stirs the water, breaking up the thermocline. Bass are slow in shallow water with many smaller fish being caught on frogs, and spinnerbaits. Deeper bass bite is fair with Carolina rigs. Crappie are slow in the morning, but improve midday. Catfish are all over the lake in 20 feet of water and in 12 feet of water in the creek channels. White bass are on points in the south end of the lake near the dam. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. As the lake continues to drop fish are going to be moving to traditional summer locations pending the thermocline depth. Bass are good early morning on shallow main lake points with medium or deep diving crankbaits, and topwaters. Main lake ledges with Carolina rig shaky head and spoons. Brush piles shallower than the thermocline with Texas rigs, jigs or Carolina rigs. The thermocline is actively fluctuating and will continue to do so while lake level changes. Navigate with caution watching for floating debris, trees, and stumps. Report by Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.

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