PluribusOne™ Annual Blog Report for 2016

One month from now, the PluribusOne™ blog will be eight years old, the first post having been published February 4, 2009. The following is an overview of the blog’s activity for 2016:

As has been true from the outset, we monitor basic performance statistics but not with an eye toward expansion for the sake of expansion. The statistics automatically gathered are informative but not illuminating. For example, we saw growth in the number of visits in 2016, but we have no way to know how many visitors are first-timers or how many may be checking in periodically although not subscribing. Etcetera. We do know that we provide as many meaningful tags per post as possible and that the search engines continue to do their job to provide links for those who seek information we make available. The statistics tell us that 73% of our visitors find us through one search engine or another, and we can assume that these visitors are diligent and skilled web searchers because we have not invested in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), nor have we actively sought publicity through social networking. Word-of-mouth undoubtedly plays a significant role. The effectiveness of Tweets appears minimal.

From the first post in 2009, our mission has been and continues to be to provide high-quality information to showcase the efficacy of the Noetitek™ system—information unavailable anywhere else, including first-time-ever discoveries and breakthroughs. About 98% of our blog-related effort is devoted directly to that mission. Any commercial advertisements that you may see on the blog from time to time are placed there by WordPress and are not a source of income to PluribusOne™. We do maintain an awareness of daily traffic with respect to specific posts but popularity or the lack thereof plays almost no role in the topics we choose, research we do, or analyses we perform. In other words, PluribusOne™ is not market-driven—some of our best posts remain among those least frequently visited—but we do, of course, gain satisfaction from seeing positive responses to the information we share. Our 2013 readership analysis had indicated that readers desired greater depth of information even though it would mean fewer posts per month and that shift has experienced a clearly positive reception.

For seven years, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada ranked as the top three in terms of numbers of visitors to our blog, and in that order. These remained the top three in 2016, but Canada ranked number two over the UK by a wide margin—reason/s unknown. We also continued to host many visitors from 120 other nations. In 2016, however, about 35% of our readers were located outside of the United States, down from nearly 50% in 2015. We suspect that these moderate shifts are due to factors other than blog content, as a great number of our posts have global pertinence.

Out of 477 posts—all of which are directly accessible from the homepage via “Quick List of Posts” utility hotlinks—listed below are the top five most visited during 2016:

1. “Sex and Chevrons” (September, 2012)
2. “Analysis: Jarmusch’s ‘Dead Man” (April, 2011)
3. “Analysis: ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’” (February, 2012)
4. “Analysis: Joseph Smith’s Ring” (January, 2013)
5. “Analysis: Saturn Devouring His Son” (December, 2009)

“Sex and Chevrons” remains top post for a third year. “Analysis: Jarmusch’s ‘Dead Man’,” which had dropped off the bottom of the list in 2014 and returned to the fifth spot in 2015 is now solidly in the number two position, while “Analysis: ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’,” has dropped from second place to third in 2016. “Analysis: Saturn Devouring His Son” went from number three in 2015 to number five in 2016, and “Analysis: Joseph Smith’s Ring” remained in fourth position.

“Sex and Chevrons” (September 2012) is now the all-time most popular post, displacing the previous all-time winner: “Analysis: Botticelli’s Adoration of the Magi” (September, 2010) which is now the number two all-time most visited, followed by: “Analysis: Saturn Devouring His Son” (December, 2009), “Analysis of Donatello’s ‘David’ Sparks Discovery” (July, 2011), and “Analysis: Polanski’s ‘The Ninth Gate’” (September, 2010).

As always, special thanks go out to all of you who are regular readers and, sometimes, commenters. And remember, if you have something to share that you don’t wish to present as a comment to a post, feel free to send me an email at eastwood@PluribusOne.com.

Happy New Year!

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