Virtual School Meanderings

January 1, 2016

Statistics For 2015

In addition to the Your 2015 Year In Blogging [virtualschooling.wordpress.com] entry I posted earlier today, I did want to post some additional statistics for the year.  Beyond that preview of this earlier today, let’s look at a more thorough, less graphic-intensive entry – starting with the traffic…

2015-months

2015-days

In examining these trends, back in 2013 I wrote:

I’ve been wondering all year why I have seen a steady increase in traffic up until 2012, but then a steady decrease in traffic throughout 2012.  I think one of the reasons may be due to the fact that I simply haven’t been posting as much original content as I used to (time being shorter than what it normally has been I suppose).  I also wondering if simply the increased number of bloggers talking about K-12 online learning has had an effect.  Finally, over the past two years I have been more honest and blunt about the ideological undercurrents that we see in K-12 online learning – at least in the United States and with the main professional associations – and I wonder if people have stopped reading for that reason.

It is still the best explanations that I can come up with at this stage.

If you look at the top twenty entries for 2015 based on traffic, it is another interesting tale:

  1. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  2. Student Holiday Notice
  3. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  4. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  5. Review – Frog Dissection
  6. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  7. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  8. Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
  9. The History Of K-12 Online Education???
  10. Online Education – In Ontario
  11. Dissertation Research Ideas?
  12. AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
  13. ** EDTECH537 – Potential Hazards Of Blogging
  14. Introducing Our New Social Media Course at FLVS
  15. EDTECH597 – Guest Blog Entry: Why Online Learning Is Working To Revolutionize Education
  16. Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
  17. The Future Of Higher Education
  18. NCAA Calls Into Question the Quality Of Two Online Learning Programs
  19. ** PRESS RELEASE: USDLA Installs New President, Elaine Shuck
  20. New Online Courses Including Forensic Science & Gothic Literature

Only two of these 20 entries were written in 2015 – indicated with ** above (note this is half the proportion that I had in both 2014 and 2013).  In fact, if you look at when the entries were posted:

2009 2
2010 6
2011 4
2012 2
2013 3
2014 1
2015 2

I wonder what it was about my content in 2010-11 that it has this staying power.

Anyway, the top 15 referrers for 2014 included:

  1. Search Engines
    • Google Search
    • Yahoo Search
    • Bing
    • Google Image Search
    • Ask.com
    • Google Mobile
    • duckduckgo.com
    • AOL
    • myway.com
    • wow.com
    • Yahoo Image Search
    • ixquick.com
    • live.com
    • WordPress.com Search
    • Yandex
    • mysearch.com
    • MSN
    • mywebsearch.com
    • isearch.avg.com
    • dogpile.com
    • search.comcast.net
    • earthlink.net
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Google+
  5. Google News
  6. feedly.com
  7. teachercertificationdegrees.com/top-blogs/school-technology/
  8. go.videoentertainmnt.com
  9. WordPress.com Reader
  10. michaelbarbour.com
  11. flipboard.com
  12. scoop.it
  13. lnkd.in
  14. educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/top-10-educational-technology-blogs-for.html
  15. ewallstreeter.com

As with previous years, search engines accounted for the vast majority of referrals (i.e., almost 20,000 views, with the next one – Twitter – only accounting for approximately 1,500 referrals).  Similarly, if you add up all of the various Google tools accounted for over 18,000 (which was 90% of my search engine traffic). I continue to find it interesting that Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are the next three.  So i guess having all of my entries posted to those three venues is paying off some.

Well, I think that’s about it for another year… I guess the next bit of unpacking this space will happen on my next blogversary! Until then…

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December 31, 2015

Statistics for December 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm, a quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 2,970 visits to this blog (driven by 1,711 unique visitors), which is down about 100 visitors since November – and down about 700 visits from the same month last year.

WordPress has changed things up again so that I can access any of the old statistics page, which means I can copy and paste information again.

The top ten entries this past month included:

  1. Student Holiday Notice
  2. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  3. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  4. Online Learning 19:5 K-12 Online Learning Research Special Issue Published
  5. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  6. Special issue of Journal of Online Learning Research
  7. Review – Frog Dissection
  8. Early Bird Special – May 2013
  9. AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
  10. The History Of K-12 Online Education???

Folks came across these entries, and others, from these means:

  1. Search Engines
    • Google Search
    • Google Image Search
    • Bing
    • Yahoo Search
    • Ask.com
    • myway.com
    • duckduckgo.com
    • mysearch.com
    • Yandex
    • live.com
    • AOL
    • wow.com
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Inkd.in
  5. WordPress.com Reader
  6. teachercertificationdegrees.com/top-blogs/school-technology/
  7. ewallstreeter.com
  8. educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/top-10-educational-technology-blogs-for.html
  9. us.vocuspr.com
  10. michaelbarbour.com

As by far the most of the visits were via search engines, folks found me by searching for:

  • school holiday notice format
  • school holiday notice sample
  • write a notice about winter holidays
  • motivational and affective factors
  • dissertation defense invitation
  • innovation age learning
  • holiday notice in school
  • write the notice the student holiday in the beach
  • early bird
  • mindtrust virtual

So that’s about all for this month, except…  The statistics from my old blog site.

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November 30, 2015

Statistics for November 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 3,090 visits to this blog from 1,957 unique visitors, which is up just over 50 visits, but up  about 10 visitors since October – but down about 4000 visits from the same month last year.

Since WordPress has changed things so that I can’t access any of the old statistics page, I can’t copy and paste any of the information here.  I’ll try and spend some more time on this next month.

So that’s all for this month, except…  The statistics from my old blog site.

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October 31, 2015

Statistics for October 2015

This entry is being posted back-dated.

In what has become the norm… A quick, back-dated statistics entry for this month… This past month there were 2959 visits to this blog from 2078 unique visitors, which is down about 10 visits, but up  about 1-0 visitors since September – but down about 4000 visits from the same month last year.

The top ten entries this past month included:

  1. Student Holiday Notice
  2. Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
  3. We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
  4. Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
  5. Responses To CREDO’s Online Charter School Study 2015
  6. Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
  7. Review – Frog Dissection
  8. TechTrends: Volume 59, Issue 3, May 2015
  9. Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
  10. New National Study Details The Operations And Effects Of Online Charter Schools

So that’s about all for this month, except…  The statistics from my old blog site.

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