I had hoped to get this post out last week, but I had grades due for progress reports last Friday. I apologize for the delay.
We have reached that critical point in the year at which we like to look closely at our site data and recognize those bloggers who are highly-effective in bringing traffic to the site and those who are making an impact in the blogosphere. Without you, we wouldn’t be here, and without your willingness to opine and open up your classrooms to de internetz, the world would not be able to see the great work going on across the country. For your efforts, I salute you.
Now we have the top ten most-viewed active blogs on Teach For Us.
- Gary Rubinstein’s Blog
- Drinking the Kool-Aid
- Caroline in the Delta
- Stir Up the World
- Becoming a Chief
- Facing La Frontera
- Learning as Leadership
- River Deep, Mountain High
A number of the blogs listed above have appeared in prior top lists, so congratulations for retaining the top blogs title, but I also want to congratulate those new blogs to breech the top 10.
Some of the new things I’ve been working on these past months include more frequent engagement on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as rotating homepage content more frequently. In November of last year, I highlighted a number of the featured posts which made the frontpage, and again I would like to extend a congratulations to those whose posts have appeared in the banner.
Teaching in the D netted the highest average staying power of a single blog with over 500 pageviews, with the average reader staying on site for 24:50.
Turning to other interesting data points, our visitorship is up by 62.5% over the same period last year and total pageviews have more than doubled! The average reader now spends 3:27 per site visit compared to only 2:23 last year, and the average number of pages viewed per reader has increased by 29%.
Facebook and the Teach For America homepage, where we are prominently featured, have been our two largest external sources of traffic, while direct searches through Google are also up over 52% from last year.
In a change from six months ago, Safari won top prize in terms of preferred user browser (this includes viewers using their iPhones), with Firefox pulling a close second and Chrome cruising in not far behind. Chrome saw the greatest growth in terms of visitorship with an increase of nearly 150% from last year, while Safari and Firefox netted 77% and 28% respectively. Interestingly, we also received 12 hits from Playstation 3.
Look for more regional data in the next week or so, but for now I want to leave you with a huge shoutout to our amazing bloggers. Keep up the great work!