Tuesday 6 January 2015

All Time Blog Stats (2014)

As I enter my second full year of blogging, I thought it might be a good time to look back and reflect on some of my most popular posts, and take a short trip down memory lane as well. 2014 was also the first year where I actually set up a proper website, so we'll be taking a look at some of my most popular "static" pages as well. Interested? Read on:

If you want to see last year's stats for comparison, click here.

Most Viewed Posts

As of the end of 2014, here are the most viewed posts on my blog:
  1. Crossword Puzzle - March 2013
  2. live sex cams: tkdot.com
  3. My First Book: A Petition to Magic
  4. 12 Things to do Without Power
  5. Spread the Word, Win Three Books
The top three spots are exactly the same as they were last year. I'm still not really sure what was so special about my crossword puzzle, back in March 2013, and I'm still amused that the second most popular blog post of all time was actually a click-bait article that I wrote for people searching for those keywords on Google!

The fourth most popular blog post of all time, was a writing exercise that I did back in June. Those writing exercises matured into a flash fiction story that I post every single month (see them all on my Free Writing page).

And finally, I ran a contest on my blog back in June, in the run-up to the stand-alone release of my third book, Stingers. Anybody who spread the word about the pre-order (at the time) of Stingers could win all of my books. It was successful, and I picked a winner, Beverley Smit.

Most Viewed Pages

As I said, 2014 was the first year where I made an effort to set up a proper website, with separate "static" pages. Here are the most viewed pages of all time, as at the end of 2014:
  1. Home
  2. A Petition to Magic
  3. Heritage of Deceit
  4. Stingers
  5. Books
Clearly, people are interested in my books!

Top Web Searches

  1. www.grahamdowns.blogspot.com
  2. grahamdowns.blogspot.com
  3. www.grahamdowns.co.za
  4. mike@moretechtips.net
  5. lave sex cams: tkdot.com
Not much changed there from last year. People are still searching for my site by its web address (and there's a new way for them to find it, since I also added my own domain name in 2014). I also still chuckle that people still want lave (sic) sex from tkdot.com!

I guess it also goes to show that not many people are finding my site through search, but rather through direct links posted elsewhere on the web.

Top Countries

  1. United States
  2. France
  3. South Africa
  4. Germany
  5. Brazil
Here's where I expected the most movement from last year. The US still occupies the top spot, which isn't really a surprise; the vast majority of the western world with access to the Internet come from there.

South Africa's been knocked down to third by France, who wasn't even on the top five last year! Germany's moved up one spot, and Brazil makes its d├ębut at number five. Latvia and Russia have been knocked off the list.

Top Browsers

  1. Chrome
  2. Firefox
  3. Internet Explorer
  4. Safari
  5. Opera
I expected more movement here, from last year, but it seems as though the environment has stabilised over the last twelve months. No new entries, just some shuffling around.

Chrome and Firefox have swapped places, with IE remaining in third place (mind you, it's a distant third). Opera and Safari continue to trail behind, in the same spots as last year.

Top Operating Systems

  1. Windows
  2. Macintosh
  3. Linux
  4. iPhone
  5. Android
No movement whatsoever since last year. It seems as though the most popular operating systems in the world today have been decided, and their positions are going to remain stable for a long time to come.

So, how was that for you? Did you find it as insightful as I did? If you did, or you were perhaps reminded of a great post, please let me know in the comments below.

Here's to a successful and prosperous 2015!

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