What Are Your Most Popular Posts?

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It is good to step back once in a while and analyze the effectiveness of what we are doing on our blogs. It takes our valuable time to blog, so is your phone ringing as a direct result of your sharing helpful information online? Do people call you and tell you that they are interested in working with you? Perhaps they feel that they already know you through your writing.

If the above is even occasionally true, then your blogging is being effective. If you want to have it happen more often (who doesn't) then why not take a look at your stats and see what posts are the most effective for you.  When you discover what is working best, then think about how you can duplicate that success. What type of posts have the best response?

Go to your Stats page. (Stats is a link on the gray nav bar at the top of each AR page) At first it is listed in order of most recent post. However, at the top of each column is a heading that is clickable. When you click a heading, it sorts it by that column. The most important metric there is "Clicks". That means somebody clicked all the way into your blog post
(whereas "views" means that it just showed up on a newsfeed, like a groups newsfeed or a following newsfeed but the person did not actually see your whole post. At least, that is how "views" used to work. It no longer works that way and I believe in a future release it will be taken off as this number is no longer counted any differently than "clicks")

What would actually be an interesting metric to see (let me ping Bob Stewart to put a bug in his ear) would be to have a subtotal of clicks from non-AR-member persons. That would tell us how many clicks are coming inbound from a true SEO hit and not just our fellow ARs reading their daily newsfeed.

Since we are talking wishlists for future releases, let me also put in my request for an 'Export" link where we get our whole blog list in CSV or Excel format. Then we could really go through our numbers without having to "next page" ourselves to infinity.

Have you been to bootcamp? Even if yes, have you been recently??
If you want to get your stats to improve I've got a little URL that you will want to bookmark


On that page you will find links to all the recordings of the classes. Take good notes and put it into practice ASAP!

I have a little different audience than you-all, because you are my audience. I expect most of my clicks to be internal and not SEO hits. However, looking at my stats is still helpful for me to find the types of articles that you like best. Here is my top 5 "most clicked" posts.



Date Title Comments ViewsWhat are views? ClicksWhat are clicks? Short URL Clicks
05/12/2011 Customizing and Embedding Google Maps   Star Featured 111 16887 14356 506
06/08/2011 Getting Points for Comments (In More Ways Than One)   Star Featured 228 16943 11100
10/17/2012 HTML in Your ActiveRain Posts - It's Easier Now!  
 Star Featured
108 14841 7888
05/01/2011 Craig's Classroom Catalog   Star Featured 185 11436 7785 345
09/27/2012 Posting to ActiveRain Channels   Star Featured 61 14552 7559


What can also be interesting is to click to sort the "Comments" heading. Which of your posts had the most discussion? It is a fun milestone to get posts with over 100 comments. Perhaps you've had a few of those too!

Now it is your turn to check your stats.

Sort your list by most clicks.
Share it with us...
Come back here and copy/paste your top two hits in a comment.

Copy/Paste so we get the title and the hyperlink and the count #s
so we can go visit your posts too.

Do you hear that, it is the sound of another "click!"

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog today. I'm a tech guy living in New York City but I love that I can reach so many via means of the web. In my blog posts and tutorial videos, you'll get many new takeaway points that you'll be able to apply. By following my blog (button below), you will be able to see my new posts in your "following" newsfeed. If you enjoyed this post also be sure and click "like". It helps me see that my content is hitting the mark!

My blog home page lists my most recent posts, so if you feel like reading more, that's the place to go next!

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LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

you are offering a lot of tips on how to improve your blogs and your relation to the reader.

lot of work was done here and it's a keeper

Sep 07, 2014 05:48 AM #3
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Oh and terms of my #'s, the priority posts are on my blog.  My top FAQ has over 65,000 clicks (How long to refinish hardwood), 2nd one has over 61,000...Oil vs Water based poly), and #3 red oak vs white oak has over 54,000.  I think these were all written around 2 yrs ago.


On AR, my #1 post is July 4th fireworks w/ over 22,000 clicks.  (not relevant to my biz though, but my way of giving back to AR).  The one form year before was 10,000 clicks.  2nd 2 on AR best type of hardwood for pets at 14000 clicks...but on my site my post best type of hardwood for dogs is at 28000 clicks and it was written later.  shows what your WP blog can do (when powered w/ AR)

Sep 07, 2014 05:51 AM #4
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Alright ... I did it!  My top clicks are AR contests.  No wonder my phone is not ringing ... not funny

Sep 07, 2014 05:56 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Craig- I like your idea (hear that Bob Stewart of being able to see which clicks are external of ActiveRain!!!

Here's my top 2 clicks

06/10/2012 I Learn Something New At Active Rain Every Day-June3-June 9, 2012   Star Featured 58 10591 8725
06/30/2013 ActiveRain July Challenge-Are You Ready to Play "What's My Line?"-   Star Featured 84 8336 7319


Sep 07, 2014 06:09 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Craig - my clicks were high on the second one because it was a challenge so members were coming back to the post.  Although that's still a lot of clicks.

Sep 07, 2014 06:11 AM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Craig.  I did not know about clicking at the top of each column!  I do now.

Sep 07, 2014 08:23 AM #8
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wow, 16000+ views on a post, Craig Daniels - not reached that far, so far but with little tweaks here and there, I should be able to.

Sep 07, 2014 09:25 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Oh wow,  thanks for all the information, I pick up so much here.  Lynn reblog this and I am glad she did

Sep 07, 2014 09:28 AM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I would like to know who outside the Rain is looking at my posts.  don't need to know who they are just that they are not agents etc.  Great thought hope they follow through with it.

Sep 07, 2014 08:45 PM #11
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Yes Craig, I do this periodically and my best ones are the ones with outrageous titles...so to speak..thanks!

Sep 07, 2014 10:47 PM #12
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Craig. Love the idea on a non-AR metric. I hope you keep pinging away ;)

Sep 08, 2014 01:25 AM #13
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Kathy Streib and Debbie Gartner ,

I know that we have a decent overhaul of this stats area on the list for things to work on. I will make sure that this blog post (and the moreso the comments) are read by our team as we start scoping out exactly what that new stats area will hold. 

While I'm not 100% sure on the viability of everything that's been asked, we will certainly take this stuff under consideration. I do know that the ability to see clicks in a certain time frame (like in the last 30 days) is something currently being planned. The one I would not be completely sure on is the ability to separate AR member versus non-AR member clicks. If it's possible, we would certainly consider it. 

Sep 08, 2014 07:18 AM #14
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Craig, I think I need to pay more attention to what you are doing because my numbers are not approaching yours or some of the other members yet.

Sep 08, 2014 07:40 AM #15
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Bob Stewart - thanks for checking in
Each blog post page is rendered differently depending on if the person is "logged in" or not (e.g. top nav bars, etc). So the back-end system has an awareness of if it knows the user or not. I really think it would be extremely helpful in the AR analytics database just to add a new column that "if NOT AR logged in, count+1"

thanks for passing along these ideas!

We are promoting SEO so much through classes and training, this is affirmation of whether doing it right or wrong. If you do a market report for instance, get 75 clicks but it turns out all 75 clicks are AR members, then it is time to rethink if our time spent doing these things is worth it.

Sep 09, 2014 12:18 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bob Stewart thanks for getting back to Debbie and me.  Happy to know that we're being heard!!!

Sep 09, 2014 07:02 AM #17
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Craig, I've had market reports get thousands of clicks. I somehow don't think these are AR members.

Sep 10, 2014 07:09 AM #18
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Craig,  Great idea.  I will run over and look at this.  Should be interesting and helpful for future blogging.

Sep 10, 2014 08:43 AM #19
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Tammie White that's awesome - that quantity is surely mostly external to AR member clicks - well done!

Sep 10, 2014 10:21 AM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Craig Daniels  I just came over to this post thanks to  re-blog by Lynn F....Please forgive me for taking a different position from you post. Those numbers are impressive yes in 2011 & 2012 I had high numbers not as high as you but still impressive i.e.: around 6000-8000 views...now with the NEW & IMPROVED Trulia Active Rain I would love if you would share with us what your viewership is now...I bet it dropped 80% or more as mine did....just sayin...Endre

Sep 27, 2014 10:50 AM #21
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Craig~ I've decided I need to take a new approach to blogging. I'm going to start scheduling my time, so that I'm just "making time" for it and pushing other things off my list that need time too! Once I've got the time scheduled, I can begin to focus on my most effective blogging! Thanks for the great post.

Oct 01, 2014 06:47 AM #22
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