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2012 BiggerPockets Year In Review & 2013 Preview (With Video)

by Joshua Dorkin on December 30, 2012 · 20 comments

  

What a year! 2012 proved to be an incredibly productive year for BiggerPockets, and has set the groundwork for an awesome 2013 to come . . .

1) The Growth of a Company:

Here’s a look at some of our growth numbers for 2012:

Members: +30.9%
BiggerPockets Blog Articles: +22.3%
Forum Posts: +23.1%
User Blog Posts: +38.5%
Newsletter Subscribers: +25.9%
Unique Visitors: +54.6%
Visits: +52.9%

We anticipate these growth percentages to ratchet up in 2013 as we implement our strategic plan.

Check out this quick video from Josh Dorkin about what the future holds for BiggerPockets…

2) The Birth of a Conference:

BiggerPockets REI Summit 2012We had ambitious plans back in 2011 to put on a kick-ass conference for real estate investors and we certainly delivered. On March 23-24, we put on a incredible event at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver — the 2012 BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit. This event attracted approximately 375 people and produced close to 25 hours of incredible content.

What was most incredible about our Summit was the fact that there was no pitching. We knew that investors were sick and tired of the old bait and switch and back of the room upsell events that are pervasive in the industry, and set out to do what we do best, prove the naysayers wrong. Our attendees left the event with great new colleagues and friends, as well as with new tools to help them succeed with their businesses. And best of all, they didn’t have to worry at all about being upsold from our speakers . . .

If you missed it, we made audio recordings of the event, which are available for purchase. Buy The Audio Today.

We have been plotting a 2013 event, but don’t yet have details. When we do, we’ll let you know.

3) Profiling an Industry:

Joint BiggerPockets.com / Memphis Invest National Survey of Residential Real Estate InvestorsFor the past few years, we’ve felt that there just wasn’t enough good data out there to analyze the real estate investing niche, so we set out to change that in 2012. In conjunction with Memphis Invest, we put forth the Joint BiggerPockets.com / Memphis Invest National Survey of Residential Real Estate Investors, which was incredibly revealing. We learned more about the size of the residential investor market (28.1 million individuals), how much they spend on rehabilitating properties and neighborhoods ($9.2 Billion Annually), buying intentions, and much more. [Check out the cool infographic]

As a result of this survey, we saw an incredible amount of press, including coverage from the Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, The Dallas Morning News and many others. If you missed the survey, be sure to check it out here

4) Simplification:

Another hugely important development in 2012 was my realization that something needed to change with our company. After close to 8 years in operation, we brought in an outside consultant to help review the business and its core competencies, and as a result, enacted what was to be dubbed, Project Simplify. In short, we cut out a lot of fat from the website, including features that weren’t being used much and others that added little value to our mission. We also enacted a strategic plan for building the BiggerPockets team, and began to plot the next steps in the future growth of the site.

5) The Beginnings of a Media Empire:

One of the realizations from our work with our consultant was that we needed to build out our team. We began by bringing in the first of many new forum moderators to help manage our community, and then hired a Senior Editor and Community Manager, Brandon Turner to help over see all things community and our BiggerPockets Blog. We’ve also brought on many great new contributors to the BiggerPockets Blog, and now put out near 20 new articles each week.

As a result of all the new content, we’ve expanded our newsletter to 2x/week (Thursdays & Sundays), and will continue to develop that medium. We’re also looking to extend our brand and reach into other areas, and will be launching a BiggerPockets Radio Show (Podcast), and are planning for some groundbreaking tools to help take your business to the next level.

6) New Tools & Site Improvements:

We had a bad scare this year after a server crash that began on February 4, 2012 and went almost two days; through those VERY dark days, we thought we lost everything, but ultimately came out of it stronger. We improved our infrastructure and put in a ton of time into stabilizing our site. As a result, load times are much faster than ever before and the site crashes far less.

Otherwise, we’ve made countless improvements to the site, including the launch of social company profiles and the one we’re most excited about, our Keyword Alert System, which allows users to track terms that they want to be notified about by email or SMS to help enhance their learning, networking, and most importantly, dealmaking.

7) Even More Success Stories

While the numbers are always fun to look at, what I’m most proud of are all of the member success stories. While most will never be shared publicly, I can tell you that not a week goes by that I’m informed of the value that our members derive from BiggerPockets. Not only is it personally fulfilling, but it also tells me that we’re continuing to push down the correct path.

If you’ve had a story of success this year as a result of our site, please do share it with us.

Wrapping it All Up . . .

Overall, I’m extremely proud of the site that BiggerPockets has become. As we continue forward, our aim is to help millions of additional investors via our community and media operations in their goal of finding success with their personal finances and real estate portfolios.

Please help us accomplish that goal by spreading the word of BiggerPockets by word of mouth, via your social networks, and by inviting your friends, colleagues and family to join you here on the site. Please also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, G+, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Thanks for your encouragement, support, and continued use of BiggerPockets.com!

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Karen Rittenhouse December 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

Congratulations, Joshua, on creating and sustaining an extremely usable, vitally needed resource for us all.

To your continued tremendous success!

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Joshua Dorkin December 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thank you so much for your feedback, Karen. It is very much appreciated. I hope you have a wonderfully successful year in 2013 as well!

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Jilliene December 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Congrats, Josh. You’ve done an incredible job and I can’t wait to watch what 2013 brings!

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Joshua Dorkin December 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thank you.

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Seth December 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Josh – Thanks for all of your efforts, coordination and leadership in the BP community. I realize I’m stating the obvious… but this platform you’ve put together is a sorely needed resource for real estate professionals. I appreciate how much this community has already helped me in the short time I’ve been a part of it.

Keep it up!

Seth

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Joshua Dorkin December 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Seth –
I love when people state the obvious. What is clear to you and I, may not be clear to others who are unfamiliar. Thank you so much for your message and Happy New Year!

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Ziv Magen December 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hear, hear :) and here’s to a great 2013, too!

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Joshua Dorkin December 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Thanks Ziv.

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Tracy Royce December 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Congrats Josh, your efforts and vision have brought you to this level already; the results for BP are going to be exponential over the next few years. I can feel it! Cheers

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Joshua Dorkin December 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

That’s what I like to hear, Tracy! I’m hoping your words come true.

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Scott Williams December 31, 2012 at 8:18 am

Josh – You amaze me, your sending out a ” Thank You ” to all of us, Which we love and apprecate. But none of us would be here if you hadn’t created this awsome site. I’m not a
” Big Time Investor ” But I have been in the game 15 years and will say that through this sites information, old articles, Blogs and member forums. I have learned alot and have taken my investing to a new level and now own property on both sides of this country.I look forward to meeting you and all the other great members of this site at the” 2013 Summit” where ever it is.
I wish You and all the biggerpockets family ” A happy and profitable New Year”

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Joshua Dorkin December 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

Scott – I really appreciate that and am so happy to hear that you’ve found value in BiggerPockets, despite your many years of experience. Thank you for the message and for being a part of BiggerPockets! Happy New Year and all my best in 2013.

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James W. Vermillion III December 31, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks for sharing the growth figures and wrapping up the huge year BP had in 2012. I must say, I am proud to be a part of this community and look forward to seeing the growth and improvement in the near future. Congratulations Josh and BP nation for creating and adapting BP into the best online destination for real estate investors and professionals.

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Joshua Dorkin December 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

We’re so glad to have you as a part of this place, too, James. It is guys like you who make BiggerPockets better for the rest of us. Thank you for being a part of our legacy!

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Mike December 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Congrats, Josh. You’ve done an amazing job at creating the best, most real, most ethical and most informative real estate investing community and website on the Internet. I am so proud to be a part of it. Best of success to you in 2013!

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Marty Boardman December 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Congrats Josh. Honored to be a part of BP. Cheers and much success in 2013.

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Joshua Dorkin December 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks Marty! Much appreciated . . .

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Sharon Vornholt January 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

@Josh Dorking – You have done a wonderful job with this site. I am excited to be a part of it and watch it grow. Best of luck in 2013.

Sharon

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Joshua Dorkin January 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks Sharon. Much appreciated. Best of luck to you this year as well.

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rizky indra June 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

yap Sharon, i agree with you. best for you

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