So, at the end of the year, which posts did you find most useful?
I dug into our stats and found the 30 most visited posts of the year.
Looking into the stats in detail, I could also see big changes in the traffic sent by sites such as Twitter and Stack Overflow.
Interesting details from 2013
I'm going to highlight three major trends from our traffic during 2013:
- The rise of Drupal Planet: Drupal takes up 50% of our most popular posts list. Why? Because of Drupal Planet. The planet seems to be getting bigger and more popular. It consistently drives more traffic than any other source, except for Google. If you write about Drupal, you absolutely need to make sure your content is fed through the Drupal Planet.
- The rise of Stack Overflow: On most days, Stack Overflow threads were 2 or 3 of our most popular referrers. If you blog a lot of opinions, then S.O. probably won't send you much traffic, but it sure is becoming a good source of traffic for posts that solve technical problems.
- Twitter quantity over quality: We got several tweets from Matt Mullenwegg ( @photomatt ), Andrew Clarke ( @malarkey ) and other power users this year, but it rarely made an impact for us. We loved the attention, but even tweets that go viral or come from power accounts don't drive that much traffic. Our Twitter traffic was up over 60%, but that was more a result of increasing the quantity rather than the quality of our tweets.
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