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VandeHarris Urge Politicos to Rock On

Thought the FlipCam interviews would subside a little now that Click’s a few weeks old? Well, think again.

Politicos received this email from Jim VandeHei and John Harris this week, encouring them to “rock on.”

We had our best month of the year traffic-wise in September, with 9.7 million unique visitors and 66 million page views. We are on pace to blow through last year’s traffic numbers on both counts.

This is a testament to the performance of the entire team: the reporters who wrote the stories, the editors who sharpened them, the copy editors who perfected them, the web and paper teams who packaged and displayed them, and the technical team who made sure the site looked great and worked perfectly, and to John Lipp who made sure the paper got to the right people at the right time.

Thanks to the tireless effort of our video crew, we also had 2.4 million video streams, which for those who don’t follow this stuff is a lot for a site our size. We do more video traffic in a month now than we did during year-long stretches not long ago.

We can also proudly confirm we finished the 2009 fiscal year in the black – an impressive feat for a startup with a big staff in a tough economy.

The rest of VandeHarris’ email is after the jump…

Subject: Rock on…

Today is the official start of another fiscal year for POLITICO, so it seems the ideal time to fire off a quick note of thanks and congratulations.

One year ago, people wondered if POLITICO was simply an election-year phenomenon. The answer is answered emphatically by some numbers we wanted to share with all of you.

We had our best month of the year traffic-wise in September, with 9.7 million unique visitors and 66 million page views. We are on pace to blow through last year’s traffic numbers on both counts.

This is a testament to the performance of the entire team: the reporters who wrote the stories, the editors who sharpened them, the copy editors who perfected them, the web and paper teams who packaged and displayed them, and the technical team who made sure the site looked great and worked perfectly, and to John Lipp who made sure the paper got to the right people at the right time.

Thanks to the tireless effort of our video crew, we also had 2.4 million video streams, which for those who don’t follow this stuff is a lot for a site our size. We do more video traffic in a month now than we did during year-long stretches not long ago.

We can also proudly confirm we finished the 2009 fiscal year in the black – an impressive feat for a startup with a big staff in a tough economy.

This is a testament not only to the product we produce but to the business and sales team that sell it. Under the leadership of Roy Schwartz and Michael McGrath, the POLITICO sales team has filled our pages and the web site with lots of ads – and put us in strong position for a robust 2010, too.

Robert Allbritton and Fred Ryan have given us clear instructions for the year ahead, and our new budget reflects it: keep the foot on the gas. With their enthusiastic backing, we will continue our efforts to make POLITICO the unmistakable leader in coverage of government and politics. This will include some more strategic hires aimed at sharpening coverage and expanding our efforts in key areas. We will have more on this for you in coming staff meetings.

One of the coolest things about working is here is watching so many people pour so much of themselves into this place. Our people work harder, faster and smarter than anyone else in the business. It shows. Your efforts are turning heads and making a difference.

Together, we are proving that even in these times of great upheaval and uncertainty in the news business that great journalism can be harnessed to a strong and viable business model.

Thanks for all your hard work,

VandeHarris

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