A Year of Writing: 2016 in Review

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

2016 in review - sharon hurley hall

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.

Site Traffic

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:

Writing Projects

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.


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