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Top five posts — end of 2013 report

Well another year older and deeper in debt — actually that’s not quite right because I’ve been paying down the mortgage so I’m less indebted than I was twelve months ago. There are now 1,175 reviews or opinion pieces, and we move even further past one-million words in content. I’ve kept to my New Year’s Resolution of making at least one post every day with 375 new posts in the last twelve months. 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 was 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. I hoped the traffic numbers would continue to build and I could get back up to where I was at the beginning of this year. Sadly that has not happened. I can look back to January to see 4,322 views in one day. Since then, my overall daily average has dropped to 729 with only 266,000 page views in total. It seems the damage to the site actually continues even though the DMCA notices have all been dismissed.

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 with visitors from 210 countries as counted by WordPress. 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 16,951 hits per page (up from 13,462). 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:

Gone Baby Gone (2)
Hellsing or Herushingu (1)
Sucker Punch (3)
Space Battleship Yamato or Uchū Senkan Yamato (4)
Secret or The Secret That Cannot Be Told or Bu Neng Shuo De Mi Mi (5)

These five pages have an average of 7,039 hits per page (up from 5,921). 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 has been unchanged for twelve months:

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 1,319 hits per page (up from 1,207 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 612 hits per page (up by 12 since the last report). 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 in the also-rans although I did feature in the Top 100 for television sites for a month or so. Not quite the market I was aiming for when I started a book site.

Anyway, I announce a temporary change of direction. Those who have read the About page will know I ran a small press in the past. A friend of the family has written a book and my services have been volunteered to edit and publish it. This is going to take up some of my time over the next two months or so. Hence you will not see daily posts until I get on top of the work. Perhaps I might get the bug again. If there are any agents who would be interested in submitting a work from an established author, let me know. I might be tempted into a three or four title schedule a year.

Top five posts — July 2013

Top five posts — end of 2012 report

Top five posts — July 2012

Top five posts — end of 2011 report

Top Five Pages — July 2011

Acknowledging two milestones — December 2010

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