Here are the 5 most popular articles that I’ve written this year. This is according to google analytics and is based on pageviews. I selected the time period January 1, 2009 to April 20, 2009 for top content and then scanned the list.
Some of my most viewed articles were written last year. I have skipped over those and am only including the popular ones from 2009.
- 4 Sites To Help You Decide What Book To Read Next – At the time I just threw this article together from some bookmarks I had and because I like to read. It got stumbled and the stumble traffic on it has not subsided. It goes up and down and then someone else discovers it and the traffic picks up again. Unfortunately, stumble visitors rarely (never) leave a comment so I don’t get the chance to interact with any of these visitors. And, apparently, trying to decide what to read next is a bigger issue that I realized. ;-) Sometimes I really like a book and want to read something similar but generally I select my next book my grabbing one off of the teetering piles in my room.
- 6 WordPress Book and Notebook Themes – Most of the traffic to this article has come from search engines. People are searching on wordpress book theme, wordpress notebook theme, wordpress themes notebook, etc. Again, based on the search interest more could be written on the topic and there seems to be enough interest it create this type of WordPress theme.
- 7 WordPress Photoblog Themes – This article is almost as popular as the one on notebook and book themes and again, it is from search engine traffic. I suppose if I ever create themes to download on this site that I will either do one for photos or for books. ;-)
- WordPress Login Security – Ok – I’m surprised by this one because the article is just one week old. Looks like security is a hot topic and can definitely be expanded upon.
- 8 WordPress Plugins for Building a Videogame Site – This article is also getting traffic from search engines. There didn’t seem to be all that much interest in it when I first published the article but that may be because most of my regular readers aren’t interested in the topic. I definitely need to analyze this in more detail because I love video games and would really enjoy writing more on the topic.
There are couple of interesting things here. 4 out of the 5 articles are lists. I’ve frequently read that people like blog posts with numbered lists and this seems to show that is true. Another thing that intrigues me is that what I consider to be my best articles is very different than the articles that are getting the most pageviews. And, the articles with the most comments are also quite different than the ones with the most traffic.
Do you find this to be the same on your site? Maybe not. I don’t write with SEO in mind – I just write about what I’m thinking about or what I’m working on.
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