This blog crossed 1 million page views this weekend. It got there in ten months of blogging every weekday. Not bad.
I try to spend my time looking outward, not inward, but I thought you’d be interested in how I got there.
Steady growth with spikes
Things first took off in May with one popular post on Writing Tips (the numbers shown below apply to that month). The same post surged again in November for no discernible reason. But between those months there was steady growth in attention to my daily posts, with a few ups and down.
A few popular posts plus a very long tail
I made 240 posts since the blog launched. The average daily post gets about 400 views.
The Writing Tips post accounted for nearly two-thirds of all the traffic, accumulating more than 600,000 views.
Putting aside the static pages like the home page, two other posts were popular.
A post about Donald Trump and memes surged this past Sunday, when comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted it for her 7.8 million followers. (I loved Sarah Silverman even before this happened.) That spike drove the post to 55,000 views.
And my September post about Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who would not perform same-sex marriages, racked up 21,000 views.
Facebook drives the most traffic
When it comes to driving traffic, Facebook leaves everything else in the dust, with 473,000 referrals. Whosay.com, the site Sarah Silverman uses to promote content, generated 30,000 views to my blog, more than Twitter. Other sites, including Linked In, generated 28,000 views.
Search engines drove 51,000 views, 99% of which came from Google. The Writing Tips post has bounced around within the top four posts in a search on “Writing Tips” for months, which accounts for the 300 to 500 views it gets every day. This traffic will prove useful when the book launches. The Donald Trump meme post was generating 50 to 100 views a day, mostly from search and subsequent sharing; that’s probably how Sarah Silverman noticed it. It ranks on “Donald Trump People Magazine” and “Donald Trump meme”.
Half the blog traffic is from America
I was surprised that 44% of the traffic came from outside the US, including big chunks from Canada, the UK, Singapore, and Australia.
This is a pretty good gig. I love to write, you love to read, and the Web loves to spread good content. So I’ll keep it up. Any wagers on when I hit 2 million?