This year, I thought I’d do something a bit different and look back on some stats for my writing work in 2016:
Writing and Sharing
- According to Scrivener I have written 177,000+ words this year. I think it’s actually a bit more as there are a couple of projects I haven’t got around to copying into Scrivener yet.
- Contently reckons I have written 863 stories for 84 publications and a total of 620,000 words over the past few years. Again, ghostwritten work is excluded.
- According to Buzzsumo, my most shared articles this year were all on Crazy Egg:
- The In-Depth Guide to Content Promotion (1900+ shares)
- Using Google Analytics to Understand Your Social and Mobile Audience (510 shares)
- 7 Ways SEO Will Evolve in 2016 (402 shares)
I don’t take the share counts too seriously, as every platform reports them slightly differently, but it’s nice to know that people are sharing.
In other news, via Google Analytics:
- I had fewer site visitors this year (around 7,500 uniques), but those who came bounced less and stuck around longer (a 42% increase over last year), which is great news.
- The vast majority of my visitors (47%) are in the US, with some from the UK and India.
- People are finding me through search, which is good news in terms of my SEO efforts. And there are quite a few direct visitors too.
- Twitter remains the top way people find my content, with Facebook second. Despite being more active on LinkedIn, it’s not as effective for content sharing (in this case, at least).
- Top pages on the site are:
Interesting projects this year included:
- A bunch of in-depth guides on CrazyEgg
- A couple of ghostwritten ebooks on WordPress
- A marketing guide for startups
- Teaser copy for a translation company
- Consulting with a client on WordPress, SEO and social media marketing
- Delivering a presentation on content marketing
Next year’s plan includes:
What’s on your agenda for 2017?
Happy holidays to all.