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Statistics at the end of 2011

John Doherty —  December 23, 2011
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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:

Full URL Pageviews
Troubleshooting Tweetdeck Scheduling Updates 1,736
Hootsuite or Tweetdeck? 1,695
Lessons From Google About URL Lengths 1,686
How Distilled Stole My Page Title 1,589
If I did SEO for @everywhereist I would… 1,432
Link Prospecting with Twitter Tools and APIs 1,293
The Distilled Linklove Conference 1,169
Switch from Linkwithin to nRelate 1,113
Making @SEOmoz’s SERP Analysis Tool Even More Awesome 766
My Zappos Experience 693
Adding PageLoadtime to a WP Blog 588
Good Title Tags for SEO 578
Google Website Optimizer for WordPress/ 542
How to Delete A Column from Tweetdeck App 492
Social Is for Traffic and Conversions, Not Rankings 422
Why Won’t Rel=Author Show For My Site? 414
Three Phenomenal Spreadsheets for Link Analysis 395
Mozcon Day 1 Recap 377
Blogs to Read for SEO 332

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:

Full URL PlusOne
Lessons from Google About URL Lengths 8
Rel=author is Not Algorithmic 8
My Zappos Experience 7
If I did SEO for @everywhereist I Would… 6
Social is about Traffic and Conversions, Not Rankings 6
On Being Afraid of Failure 6
Why Won’t Rel=Author Show for My Site? 5
You Need An Online Marketing Strategy 5
Link Prospecting with Twitter Tools and APIs 4
Making SEOmoz’s SERP Analysis Tool Even More Awesome 4
How To Learn SEO and Find Your First Job 3
Who’s Hiring in SEO? 3
How Google Improves Upon Their Algorithm 3
Hootsuite or Tweetdeck 2

 

Here are my top 20 posts by tweet count:

URL Twitter
How Distilled Stole my Page Title 109
Making SEOmoz’s SERP Analysis Tool Even More Awesome 64
Lessons From Google About URL Lengths 60
Social is about Traffic and Conversions, Not Rankings 53
My Zappos Experience 53
Link Prospecting with Twitter Tools and APIs 52
If I Did SEO for @everywhereist I would… 49
Why Won’t Rel=Author Show For My Site? 32
You Need An Online Marketing Strategy 31
The Distilled Linklove Conference 30
Should I Use A Rel-Canonical or a 301 Redirect? 29
On Being Afraid of Failure 28
google’s New MultiLingual Markup 27
Meta Descriptions That Will Not Help SEO 27
Three Phenomenal Spreadsheets for Backlink Analysis 26

Overall Traffic

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.

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Traffic Breakdown

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:

Overall Traffic Breakdown

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:

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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!

Top Referrers

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:

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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:

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I have received traffic from basically all of the major countries in the world:

Countries Bringing Traffic

Here are the top 10. Interestingly, Australia and the Netherlands send me traffic that stays onsite the longest:

Top Countries

And just for giggles, here is how much money I have made on this site this year (directly):


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!

John Doherty

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I'm the new (as of October 2013) Online Marketing Manager of Hotpads.com, soon to be based in San Francisco. Previous to Hotpads I worked at Distilled for 2 years as an online marketing consultant. In my spare time I shoot lifestyle photography, explore new and interesting food in New York, ski, rock climb, and update my Twitter and Google+ accounts.