I took a look at Google Analytics to see what posts people were looking at on this blog in 2008. It seems to get the best data. The top two destinations were the home page to no surprise but I was pleased that the average time on site for people who came first to the home page was 6 minutes, 45 seconds. Thanks to everyone who visited this past year.
Here are the next ten destinations with their year of posting. These are not necessarily what I consider the best work I did but since 64% of new traffic to this blog comes through search engines, these are the ones that appealed most to the dual audiences of people and search. All of them but one were in the top three results for Google searches on the relevant phrase and the other was fourth.
A bit over 21% of visits to this blog are from referrals so perhaps the older ones have been around long to pick up more links. People did seem to stick around and read them as the time on page varied between 4 minutes 54 seconds and 2 minutes 17 seconds on these posts with the average over 3 minutes.
They are all individual posts except for the restaurant pick index. I like the variety here as some are about knowledge management, some cover web 2.0 and enterprise 2.0, and some are on weekend topics. The one on Newport jazz festival has attracted a lot of comments. I learned much more about this event I attended and I wrote a post about some of these stories, Early Newport Jazz Festivals Relived in 2007.
The number of page views ranged from 1.423 to 712 and the number of unique visits ranged from 965 to 590. This list also shows the asynchronous nature of blog traffic as the posts were put up from 2004 to 2008 but this is just the 2008 traffic.
These results do not accurately represent the actual readers as around 2500 people subscribe to this blog. These subscribers likely simply read the RSS feed, if they read a post at all, since I put the whole post in it. If they did click through to the blog then they do show up in these results. However, I think these results are biased to new readers and not regular subscribers.
Bob Dylan on You Tube (2007)
Restaurant Pick category – see also Updated Index to Cities and Towns with Restaurant Picks - January 09
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