This time of year, I think I am going to follow suit with everyone else on the Internet and show some statistics from this year on my site, except I want to be a bit more transparent than most I am seeing by showing you the keywords driving traffic, my top referrers, and other cool information.
First we’ll start with my top viewed posts, then top posts by social media activity, then finally I will show some traffic statistics including breakdown by organic, direct, and referral. I’ll also show the top referral sources.
I have learned a lot this year through blogging. I have not yet been at it for a full year, and last month I passed my first >5,000 visits month, which was a nice milestone to pass. I guess unique content pays off, huh?
Top Posts by Pageviews
Some of these posts are actually quite old, but rank well for generic terms. One day I ranked first page for “Tweetdeck” and “Tweetdeck Updates” I ranked #2. This drove up the the pageviews on the top 2 results.
Here are my top 20 posts by pageviews:
Top Posts by Social Media Coverage
This was the year of social media. Google+ launched, and a few months earlier the +1 button rolled it. It’s hard to believe that all of that occurred only this year, isn’t it?
Here are my top 15 posts by +1 count:
Here are my top 20 posts by tweet count:
This year, there have been 43,403 pageviews on this site. 36,455 have been unique. Here are the full statistics by month.
Note: at the end of October and beginning of November, I messed up my Google Analytics with filters, so those traffic stats are a bit under-reported.
This year, 42.33% of my traffic came through organic, 33.70% from referral, 23.06% from direct, and then a small amount from campaigns (mostly RSS). Here’s the graph:
Here are my top keywords from this year. Of course, our friend (not provided) was high on the list. Then came searches for my name and many around Hootsuite and Tweetdeck:
Here are the top referrers of traffic to my site this year. Notice that Sphinn is actually third. Even though Sphinn is now dead (and is now MarketingLand), it still sent almost all of this traffic just a week before its demise. It was still a traffic driver even to the very end!
Here is the growth of organic traffic over this year. It’s definitely up and to the right. Traffic spiked on July 15th because of a high ranking for “Tweetdeck iPad”. I’m now hovering around 100 visits/day during the weekday from organic:
My highest traffic day this year was April 4th, when my post about Distilled Stole My Page Title was tweeted by many people, including Rand, which drove traffic through the roof that day:
I have received traffic from basically all of the major countries in the world:
Here are the top 10. Interestingly, Australia and the Netherlands send me traffic that stays onsite the longest:
It’s been a fun year! I’m looking forward to next year and seeing how traffic will grow and what happens as I continue blogging. I’ve realized that the purpose of blogging, for me, is to get my thoughts out and to hopefully teach some skills to people. I hope my writing is helpful.
I’ve made an effort to write at least a few words every day. I shoot for about 200, though do not always succeed. And of course, I have many unpublished drafts that may see the light of day at some point.
On to 2012!