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…
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:
- Questions About The School Of Tomorrow
- Student Holiday Notice
- We Missed You at Last Week’s Webinar
- Instructional Technology Dissertation Topics
- Review – Frog Dissection
- Guest Blogger: Examining Accelerated Christian Education
- Early Bird Special – May 2013
- Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning
- The History Of K-12 Online Education???
- Online Education – In Ontario
- Dissertation Research Ideas?
- AERA 2012 – Affective and Motivational Factors of Learning in Online Mathematics
- ** EDTECH537 – Potential Hazards Of Blogging
- Introducing Our New Social Media Course at FLVS
- EDTECH597 – Guest Blog Entry: Why Online Learning Is Working To Revolutionize Education
- Pick EdITLib This Autumn!
- The Future Of Higher Education
- NCAA Calls Into Question the Quality Of Two Online Learning Programs
- ** PRESS RELEASE: USDLA Installs New President, Elaine Shuck
- 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:
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:
- Search Engines
- Google Search
- Yahoo Search
- Google Image Search
- Google Mobile
- Yahoo Image Search
- WordPress.com Search
- Google News
- WordPress.com Reader
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…