Behind the Scenes

Happy Holidays & 2015 Summary

Happy Holidays Wide

Dear Readers!

Once again, it’s that time of year. Most of our readers are ready for the festivities of Christmas, gathering with their families, and enjoying a festive moment. Most of our team will do the same, and we wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

2015 in Review

It’s time to look at what we’ve achieved in 2015… Quite a lot, in fact! It’s been a very good year for Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Let’s have a look at some numbers, with comparisons to last year:


  • We’re now the #1 ancient history website and the #4 general history website in the world
  • Surpassed 1,000,000 monthly unique readers, currently 1.7 million
  • Served a grand total of 12,184,308 unique readers on Ancient History Encyclopedia, helping them learn about ancient history (+82%)
  • Served a grand total of 65,442 unique readers on Ancient History et cetera, sharing our love of history (+216%)
  • Grew our newsletter to 5,100 subscribers (+200%)
  • Our content has been widely and repeatedly cited by publications such as:
    – National Geographic
    – BBC
    – New York Times
    – Time
    – CNN
    – Huffington Post
    – Guardian
    – American Spectator
    – IFL Science



  • We have five new team members, more than in any other year
    – Dominique Chapman – Photo Editor
    – Fiona Richards – Advertising Sales
    – Ibolya Horvath – Editor
    – Jade Koekoe – Blog Editor
    – Milad Alshomary – Programmer
  • More than doubled our monthly revenue

Social Media

  • 30,000 followers on Twitter (+500%)
  • 19,200 followers on Flipboard (+380%)
  • 13,000 followers on Tumblr (from zero)
  • 10,000 followers on Instagram (from zero)
  • 6,000 followers on Google+ (+140%)

Now we’re eagerly looking forward to 2016, as we’ve already got exciting plans for the next year, focussing on more, better, and more diverse content!

Thank you for following and supporting Ancient History Encyclopedia!

Happy Holidays!

Kind regards,

Jan van der Crabben
CEO & Founder
Ancient History Encyclopedia

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CEO & Founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia. When he's not working on AHE, he loves to spend time with his family going hiking, visiting historic places, or doing all-day BBQs in the garden with good real ale or whiskey.