OK, why not. Got a few of e-mail requests, plus Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air is doing something similar and having some fun. We don’t get nearly the traffic of the big sites, so our top post list can be more easily influenced by Internet phenomenon including the strange entry of popular keywords into search engines.
We’ll hit 2 million page views for 2010, and that does not include an 11 day gap prior to and after Memorial Day Weekend. (Don’t ask) With almost a half million visits, I think it’s pretty cool that readers hit an average of more than four pages per visit. Thanks!
A harder task would be to identify what we think our best posts are, so if you have any favorites not in the top 20, add a link in the comments. I know I’ve written quite a few where I’ve practically begged more people to read, and they are not in the top 20.
So, here we go…
- #20 Krugman: You can call em death panels but they’ll save us money
- #19 McMahon calls out Blumenthal in final debate … and wins going away
- #18 Unemployment extension: Confused? Good reason to be, 99ers
- #17 Republicans gain 65 seats. Tsunami misses New England – Krauthammer: Obama agenda dead
- #16 “Lawful Contact” did not need to be redefined in Arizona illegal immigration bill
- #15 Senator slap-down: Milwaukee County supervisor schooled on Arizona’s border with Mexico
- #14 N.C. Rep. Bob Etheridge assaults student – caught on video
- #13 In depth: The Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill cause
- #12 Pelosi ready for the final push. Call now! Plus advice from Reagan
- #11 Matthews on the Tea Party: “They have guns, it’s scary.”
- #10 Los Angeles high school teacher calls for Mexican revolution in United States
- #9 Right Scoop: 4 year old sees his baby sister … before she was born
- #8 Gallup: TEA Party demographics represent mainstream America
- #7 Health care HSA changes result in higher taxes for all
- #6 Obama blocks speedy BP oil spill cleanup
- #5 Health Care Reconciliation Act full text released – H.R. 4872 amends H.R. 3590
- #4 Portion of national park on border closed to Americans due to violence
- #3 Shep Smith calls out Shannon Bream and Fox News? (Oct. 2009)
- #2 Voter Fraud In Bridgeport? Video shows ballot bungling
- #1 GM repays loan to US… actually, not really
Since results are very much influenced by who linked to our stories and search engine results, our traffic results certainly do not mirror the top stories of the year. There is also the goofy search result strangeness involved.
As an example, the #3 post for 2010 was actually posted in Oct. 2009 and it’s popular still since Shannon Bream is, well, pretty darn good looking and she works for the number one cable news outlet. For some super-duper algorithm math reason, if you type in Shannon’s name into the Google search, our post is #5 in the results. Go figure.
Our success this year can be almost equally attributed to direct visitors (most pulled in from the big radio show), other sites that link to our site, and search engine results. The referring sites have a slight edge and their support has been important, but I really think the driving force for traffic is the radio show.
Our most frequent referring site was Free Republic, with Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, Red State, Facebook, WTIC and Twitter following in order. I added the Facebook and Twitter functionality last spring, and screwed up the situation in late November when I had to disable that functionality. I will be trying to fix that soon.
Thanks for making 2010 pretty interesting for us here at RVO, we hope you continue to read our stuff and contribute with your comments. Spread the word!