Top five posts — July 2013
Well this marks the end of a tumultuous six months. There are now 990 reviews or opinion pieces (add one to the total for this post), and more than one-million words in content. As a physical site, Thinking about books continues to grow but, thanks to Lionsgate, traffic numbers are still down. In January, I was getting 1,245 hits a day. When the DMCA notices hit, I dropped down to 571 hits per day. At the end of six months, I’m slowly recovering, having reached a six-month average of 775 hits per day. This was the “good” news: Lionsgate’s malicious campaign now apparently defeated. Hopefully, the traffic numbers will continue to build and I can get back up to where I was at the beginning of this year.
The Dong Yi pages continue to dominate, being eight of the ten most read pages on the site. I’ve become very popular in the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It seems somewhat redundant to list the top five Dong Yi pages. Suffice it to say that the average number of hits for that top five is 13,462 hits per page (up from 9,250). In both the following lists, the numbers in brackets are the placement in the last top five lists (excluding Dong Yi pages). So the top five of the other film/anime pages is:
These five pages have an average of 5,921 hits per page (up from 4,695). Obviously, I’m going to have to be more careful about selecting the content to comment on if I want traffic numbers to rise. It’s fascinating that only three of the top twenty pages relate to Western content. I suppose I must be one of a more limited number of people writing about “foreign” material in English. As to books, the top five is unchanged from last time:
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 2) by Patrick Rothfuss
Troika by Alastair Reynolds
Songs of Love and Death edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois
The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert
It’s good to report the average for the top five books is now edging higher into four figures at 1,207 hits per page (up from 1,049 hits per page). It’s still depressingly low but there has been slow upward movement. If you divide the total number of hits over the lifetime of the site by the number of pages, you produce an average of 600 hits per page. In a cautious voice, I’m going to say that’s not bad since I’m very passive about promoting the site. At my peak as the year ended, Technorati ranked the site in the top 100 for books. As of today, I see I’m ranked at 345. Since there are 17,905 sites with the “books” tag, I suppose that’s not bad given all the trouble with Lionsgate. As the year progresses, hopefully my ranking will rise.