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I’m winding up my third year of blogging, getting ready to move into the fourth year, so it’s a good time to summarize.
View and visitor data
In 2012, my blog was viewed over 48,000 times, averaging 134 views per day. That’s up from 23,000 total and 63 average in 2011. Readership continues to grow. Thank you.
I had my best day ever, 580 views by 206 visitors, on Monday, December 10. That was far above average, and I still don’t know what made it different. I’m curious and happy!
(FYI, each page/post viewed per day per device counts as one view. WordPress just started tracking visitors this month, so I won’t have meaningful data on visitors for awhile.)
Most popular posts of 2012
- Home page/archives (the blog was my home page for most of the year)
- Update on my Spartan trailer
- Trauma releasing exercises
- Tattoo art on yogis
- The starfish story: making a difference
- The Well Ashiatsu and Massage (my new home page as of the latter part of this year)
- Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher: quotes from Joko Beck
- How do you get your energy back after having the flu?
- The left brain right brain crossover
- What you need to know about standing desks
Many of these posts appeared before 2012, but The starfish story and The Well Ashiatsu and Massage were new. Other new popular posts in 2012 included The heart’s energy field, Breaking a habit: change the cue and reward first, and the routine will follow, and The 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening. Posts on current yoga controversies (injuries and scandals) got quite a few views as well.
Where views came from
Since Feb. 25, 2012, when WordPress began tracking where views came from, over 27,000 views have come from the U.S., followed by Canada and the UK with about 2,500 each. Australia, India, Germany, South Africa, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand round out the top 10 countries. Hi, y’all!
I had no views at all in 2012 from Greenland, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Somalia, several west and central African nations. and a few very tiny ones.
Most popular search terms
Almost 30,000 views came through people using search engines, mostly Google. (This is why tagging is so important.) These were the most popular search terms:
- yoga tattoos
- spartan trailer
- trauma release exercises
- spartan carousel
- starfish story
- yoga tattoo
- spartan trailers
- spartan carousel for sale
- standing desk height calculator
- glenn black yoga
Other search terms that got viewers here included:
- sitting unhealthy
- jobs that are not sedentary
- constructive things to do
- 100 naked people
- tantric broad
Surprisingly, several search terms used the Russian and Turkish alphabets. I have no idea what the English equivalents are. I had 125 views from Turkey and 70 from the Russian Federation, so I goess they found something of interest.
Clicks and ads and earnings
If you enter Amazon through links on this blog and make a purchase, I get a small percentage of whatever you buy, through a program called Amazon Associates. Amazon got 973 clicks from this blog in 2012.
From those clicks and subsequent sales, I earned all of $110 in 2012.
Don’t ask how many hours I put into this website. I don’t track my time, but I’m sure it averaged at least a couple of hours per week, and often double that. $110 for 104 hours (52 x 2) works out to about $1 per hour. Hmmm.
I have yet to be paid a cent for allowing ads on the blog. I’ve earned $54.37 since February 2012, when I began allowing ads, but the minimum payout is $100, so I’m still waiting for a deposit. Frankly, I’m not sure advertising is worth the aesthetic drag and distraction, and I worry that some company whose values I disagree with (like Monsanto) will advertise.
If that happens, please let me know as soon as possible, so I can quit taking ads.
Blogging is a labor of love for me. It would be nice to make more money at it (with integrity, of course). I consider writing projects from time to time that could bring in income, but so far I haven’t followed through. I believe that could change!
I end 2012 with:
- over 75,000 views total
- 313 followers (156 at the end of 2011)
- 727 total posts
- 2,250 tags
- 576 comments (including my replies to commenters)
It’s been a good year. Thank you for reading me!