I’ve been writing two posts a week since the beginning of 2013 and at this point I have quite a few articles - some are one hit wonders, others are completely forgotten, while a select few are “evergreen” and are able to continually attract readers. With the start of 2017 I’ve seen a ton of bloggers doing a post highlighting their top posts from 2016 so I figured it would be fun to do the same. The data was all fetched using Google Analytics but there was a week long gap in early September when I deliberately broke the tracking while upgrading the blog to AMP. While I was hoping to get some increased growth in 2016 the total traffic ended up being pretty close to that 2015. A goal for 2017 is to focus more on evergreen posts with the goal being to build a larger audience with posts that are less responsive to the news and more about providing real value. And now on to the data:

Top Posts written in 2016

Page Pageviews Unique Pageviews Avg. Time on Page Entrances Bounce Rate % Exit Page Value
/2016/10/02/ios-wifi-security-recommendation/ 2,628 2,546 0:02:03 2,543 97.09% 96.80% $0.00
/2016/01/17/poor-neglected-google-voice/ 799 764 0:03:25 756 94.58% 93.87% $0.00
/2016/05/08/googles-photo-search-is-eerily-incredible/ 664 643 0:01:45 632 96.52% 95.33% $0.00
/2016/07/03/snapchats-massive-potential/ 633 596 0:02:32 589 93.04% 92.58% $0.00
/2016/07/16/whatever-happened-to-automatic-login/ 447 432 0:00:56 427 97.89% 95.97% $0.00
/2016/09/23/a-smarter-touch-id/ 375 369 0:00:19 365 98.63% 97.33% $0.00
/2016/02/15/design-your-database-for-flexibility 373 361 0:03:06 356 92.42% 91.69% $0.00
/2016/04/30/text-is-king/ 229 203 0:03:02 183 88.52% 82.53% $0.00
/2016/04/05/the-best-code-is-no-code/ 217 175 0:01:17 162 91.98% 76.04% $0.00
/2016/06/22/messaging-app-fragmentation/ 214 206 0:03:09 199 96.48% 94.86% $0.00

Top Posts seen in 2016

Page Pageviews Unique Pageviews Avg. Time on Page Entrances Bounce Rate % Exit Page Value
/2013/08/26/extract-info-from-a-web-page-using-javascript/ 3,538 3,076 0:04:38 3,067 91.62% 85.81% $0.00
/2016/10/02/ios-wifi-security-recommendation/ 2,628 2,546 0:02:03 2,543 97.09% 96.80% $0.00
/2013/12/23/getting-a-sim-card-in-india/ 1,513 1,443 0:01:27 1,442 94.80% 93.72% $0.00
/2014/02/10/using-virtualenv-in-production/ 1,097 1,039 0:05:09 1,035 92.17% 92.80% $0.00
/2016/01/17/poor-neglected-google-voice/ 799 764 0:03:25 756 94.58% 93.87% $0.00
/2014/07/15/set-up-https-on-ec2-running-nginx-without-elb/ 756 718 0:06:35 716 94.41% 94.31% $0.00
/2016/05/08/googles-photo-search-is-eerily-incredible/ 664 643 0:01:45 632 96.52% 95.33% $0.00
/2015/09/24/mapping-the-jersey-city-parking-zones-ii/ 659 592 0:02:44 582 90.03% 88.01% $0.00
/2016/07/03/snapchats-massive-potential/ 633 596 0:02:32 589 93.04% 92.58% $0.00
/2013/01/09/web-scraping-like-a-pro/ 457 431 0:07:59 430 91.40% 91.47% $0.00

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