Four years later, ONLY GATORS is still alive!

By Adam Silverstein
October 1, 2013

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive opened exactly four years ago on Oct. 1, 2009, and if you had told me then that I would be writing this now, I never would have believed you.

Penning this post just three days after the Kentucky game reminds me of the first big story the website covered – Tim Tebow’s concussion and the will-he-or-won’t-he nature of his return two weeks later against LSU.

Not only is OnlyGators.com still open four years later, it is more popular than ever. The biggest year in the history of the website has increased our lifetime visits to a staggering total of 8.6 million. What you are currently reading is the 4,441st post, and the first comment on this subject will be the 23,305th contributed by you, the readers.

The @OnlyGators Twitter account, which was registered six-and-a-half months before the website officially launched, has been around longer than 99.0 percent of all other Twitter users, according to the social network. It has gained approximately 5,000 followers in the last 12 months and boasts a current following of 23,278. There were also nearly 14,000 tweets sent out in the last year alone.

Don’t forget to Like OnlyGators.com on Facebook as well for updates, links to stories as they are posted and unique content. The website also has a Google+ page and brand new Instagram account that will be updated often.

What started as an idea out of thin air has become something beyond what I ever could have expected. It has been both personally and professionally rewarding, and it would not have been possible without all of your patronage and continued support.

[EXPAND Click to expand and read the rest of this post.]OnlyGators.com has always been completely free, supported solely by advertising, much of it affiliate-based. So be sure to support us by purchasing all of your licensed apparel for your favorite sports teams through the OGGOA Store, powered by Fanatics. You pay the same low prices but also support the website in the process! The same goes for your ticketing needs as we have partnered with TiqIQ to get you the absolute best deals possible to watch your favorite teams play live.

Additionally, if you own a company or wish to promote a product or service, there are plenty of sponsorship and advertising placement opportunities available throughout the website, so be sure to e-mail me directly and alert me of your interest.

In the coming weeks, there may be additional ways in which you can contribute and help keep OnlyGators.com up and running for free. Unlike most independent websites and newspapers, there are no plans to adopt a pay model for our content. However, being a free website for you does not mean that bills are not being paid by us.

I hope you seriously consider assisting us in meeting our financial commitments once the information is made available in the near future.

No matter the longevity or frequency of your patronage, please know that I very much appreciate you clicking on your OnlyGators.com bookmark, tapping the iPhone home screen icon you saved, reading the tweets and visiting the links, or even just checking out the site through my work with Yahoo! SportsRivals affiliate InsidetheGators.com.

Without you, the readers, this website would not exist. Period.

Here’s to another year!

Adam Silverstein
Owner, editor[/EXPAND]

24 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Congratulations, Adam!! You do a tremendous job, work hard, and are extremely talented, and I can only envision continued success for you in the future!! God bless and good luck!

  2. Joe says:

    Adam, you are the best. You have provided us with easily the best website for Gator news. I can’t express how grateful I am as a fan and alumni for all your hard work. I wish you continued success in your future endeavors. You are the man! Much love from a fellow South Florida – Gator product.

  3. Joonas says:

    I don’t remember how or when I stumbled across your site but I’m glad I did. It’s my only stop when I am looking for anything Gators.

    Congrats on 4 years, here’s to many more!

  4. garyp714 says:

    Congrats from http://www.reddit.com/r/FloridaGators! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years. Well done.

  5. Bubba Akra says:

    Congratulations Adam!!

    I must tell you that you have the best content and we can trust it. Others Gator Sites are not always truthfull. They predict and guess a lot.

    You are the best!

  6. Frank says:

    Thanks for all the hard work Adam! It is definitely appreciated!!

  7. Jeff says:

    Congratulations, I love this site. You’re always on point and always timely. Keep up the great work.

  8. Luke says:

    Outstanding work! As a business owner myself, I can appreciate the hard work you put into this. It’s clear that a hobby and something you are passionate about has become a brand and well regarded site for Gator fans everywhere. I’m impressed by your commitment and ability to keep active 365 days per year. You are one of my top websites and I appreciate your fresh content and dedication to your business and dream. You’re first class, Adam.

    Keep it up!

  9. Oldflyer says:

    Congratulations!

    I always stop by OGOA for the straight word on the Gators

  10. Daniel M` says:

    Will be the tenth anniversary before you (we) know it. Continue to dominate.

  11. obgator says:

    This is my first stop for my Gator fix. Appreciate all your hard work Adam.

  12. Mike says:

    Thank you so much, Adam. I check this site a few times a day. It is always a pleasure, except when you report injuries and arrests. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

  13. J-skool says:

    Thanks, Adam. Keep going…

  14. Will W says:

    Adam – you continue to be my #1 source. Thank you for that and your excellent journalism.

  15. SC Gator says:

    Wow, this is just scary awesome. As I am remembering it
    at least you posted about opening the site back on the Miami Herald’s Florida football blog. At the time you had EDSBS being good at being EDSBS and a couple sites good at providing analysis and editorial but little in the more pure form of journalism that didn’t come from reporters and beat writers. You filled a gap in coverage and have done so magnificently.

    Congratulations!

  16. gatorhippy says:

    Best Gator site on the interwebs…

    Congrats on 4 great years!

  17. caligator says:

    Thank you Adam for the ONLY site for all things GATOR. NICE WORK! GO GATORS

  18. caligator says:

    One more thing–t-shirts? My original OGGOA game day t-shirt is in taters! Any plans for another batch? THANK YOU!

    • Was there a problem with the quality or did you just wear it a ton? The shirts I kept for myself are in pretty great shape. What size do you need?

      Florida threatened to sue me when I created the shirts because the word “Gators” in the colors orange/blue was on the shirt. I may make a new batch this year with a tweaked design to avoid that issue.

      • caligator says:

        The quality was great…I just wore it every few days for about 3 years! I’ve been looking for an XL on eBay to no avail—THANKS AGAIN ADAM FOR THE PREMIERE GATOR WEBSITE!

  19. RattlerGator says:

    Go with silver & black, hoss. That might get an order from me and distinguish you from the “Florida Gators” brand.

    And congrats on the milestone.

  20. Thank you everyone for the kind words. I appreciate it. I hope you consider contributing if/when we come up with something. It would be greatly appreciated.

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