Top Posts and Commenters For April 2012

May 2, 2012 — 33 Comments

Can you believe it? April is already done!

That means we’re now a third of the way through the year. I hope you’re accomplishing all of the great things you had laid out for your year. If not, it’s time to get going and play catchup!

It also means it is time for me to review the site and give you the lowdown on the top posts and commenters for the blog.

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The top 10 posts were:

  1. What Can 20 Seconds of Insane Courage Do For You? – March 2012
  2. The 20 Mile March – January 2012
  3. 3 Ways to Remember the Information You Consume – April 2012
  4. Who Makes Your Lunch? – April 2012
  5. Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins – April 2012
  6. Top Posts and Commenters for March 2012 – April 2012
  7. 5 Simple Ways to Become More Likeable – March 2012
  8. Are You About To Perish? – April 2012
  9. Who’s Controlling Your Priorities? – April 2012
  10. How To Keep Going When You Don’t Feel Like It – April 2012

Three of the top 10 posts were made prior to the month of April. As the blog continues to grow its archives, I expect to see this number grow.

The top 10 commenters were:

  1. Jon Stolpe
  2. Dan Black
  3. TC Avey
  4. Brandon Gilliland
  5. Kimanzi Constable
  6. Michael Good
  7. Ngina Otiende
  8. Larry Carter
  9. Rob Sorbo
  10. Lincoln Parks

The information and resources you have been sharing in the comment section only helps to increase the value of the blog. As a special Thank You to my top three commenters, I will be mailing out a great book from my collection.

Jon Stolpe will be receiving Why God Won’t Go Away by Allister McGrath
Dan Black will be receiving EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
TC Avey will be receiving Traveling Light by Max Lucado

Look for an email from me shortly! Next month I will be giving out two books, Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson and The Grace of God by Andy Stanley, to my top two commenters.

Site Statistics

April saw the smallest amount of growth since I started to blog. But I can’t complain, there was still growth.

  • Visits were up 4.08%
  • Unique Visits were up 3.59%
  • Page Views increased 12.61%
  • Pages/Visit increased 8.19%
  • Average Visit Duration increased 12.41%

While unique visits and visits were only slightly up, page views and time on site increased by a nice margin. Looking at Google Analytics, site traffic was fairly steady throughout the whole month. This is a bit different from past months were I saw dramatic spikes on certain days. I’ll continue to monitor this to see if this trend continues.

Question: If you blog, what was your top post for the month? Why do you think this post was the most popular? If you don’t, what was your favorite post? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Jon Stolpe

    Wow! I’m honored. Thanks for a great blog. I look forward to reading your blog every day.

    As for my blog, I had a great month. My top post was actually a post wrote in March titled Leap of Faith. This was a post that was inspired by some mental wrestling matches I was having related to a “big decision”. Here’s the link:

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks for the kind words Jon. I’m glad you look forward to new blog posts from me.

      I remember that post. It was right before you announced your plan to go on a missions trip, correct?

      • Jon Stolpe

        You are correct. There was a lot of thought and prayer that went into that decision. Ultimately, the decision required a leap of faith.

        • Joe Lalonde

          I see the donations are coming along for the house building as well. I hope you’ll reach your goal!

          • Jon Stolpe

            I hope so too. It has been pretty inspiring to see the response!

  • Rob Sorbo

    It’s funny how older posts stay near the top! Do you promote your older posts? How do you think they stay on top each month?

    All of my top posts were from April. I’m still fairly new in the blogging game, so I don’t have many older posts. I only did a top three:

    • Joe Lalonde

      I don’t promote the older posts much. I have a list of popular posts in the sidebar and that may help. I also try to backlink in my posts to older posts. Once in awhile I’ll post a Twitter message for one that I think should be revisited. One thing I did notice is that I’m experiencing more and more Google traffic. That can help bring older posts to the top.

      Looks like you had a couple of great posts that made it on the list Rob. You’ll see the list grow as you create more content and stay with it.

  • chris vonada

    Wow, exciting things going on here Joe!!

    My top post from last month was “Joy… And An Awesome Surfer Dream?” – A fun one :-)

    Keep on keeping on my brotherman!!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Chris. I’m hoping for a blockbuster month in May. I’ve got a couple of great things lined up including a new series that will involve interviewing other leaders.

      Your surfer dream post was great. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this month Chris!

  • Thomas Mason

    My top post was a guest post by Jay Cookingham, Choosing the Path to Forgiveness, where he gave readers a glimpse of his past and how he moved beyond the pain of his childhood to experience complete forgiveness. I credit the popularity of the post to great subject matter and having additional connections that I wouldn’t normally have.

    • Joe Lalonde

      That was a great post Thomas. Goes to show what the power of a guest post can do for your site.

  • Larry Carter

    My top post was Why I Don’t Read Christian Fiction I honestly have no idea why that one would be the top post of the month. I don’t really have a handle on what draws particular posts to be read more than others.

    • Joe Lalonde

      I wonder if your top post had to do with the title. It’s very catchy and something that may be searched quite a bit on Google.

      • Larry Carter

        Good chance. I thought about putting that in every title.

  • kimanzi constable

    You’re blog is an inspiration to me Joe and I’m glad I found you through Michael Hyatt!

    My top post was: is popular because it opens people up to the power their story has and they can relate to my story!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks for the kind words my friend. You’ve been an inspiration as well. And your top post for the month was one of the most inspiring. It shows that if you stick to your guns and chase your passion anything is possible!

  • Ngina Otiende

    You have great content here Joe.

    My top post for April was “30 signs that you are not ready for marriage”

    I think it was popular because it was humorous and a couple of bloggers and friends shared it on their social networks.

    Community really works. Thanks for building a thriving one here.

    • Joe Lalonde

      I enjoyed reading that post Ngina. List posts seem to do really well. They’re easy to share, create conversation, and easy for people to relate to.

  • Brandon

    You had some growth this month! Congratz!

    My top post was:

    • Jon Stolpe

      Congrats on your new site!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Brandon. It looks like you did as well!

  • TCAvey

    Awesome, I love Max Lucado! Thanks so much! Who knew being such a big mouth could pay off (wink)?

    I haven’t really ever tracked my posts to see which ones are getting the most hits. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Google Analytic to work- I am soooo computer challenged! I use Sitemeter and I’m not sure how accurate it is- It shows I only average around 20+ some hits a day but I doubt that is correct because that would mean almost everyone who stops by also comments. Plus the stats that blogspot uses shows a much different picture (in the hundreds)- so overall I am really confused.

    • Joe Lalonde

      You’re welcome. I hope you’ll enjoy the book. Look for an email later today, if all goes well on my end.

      That’s odd. I wish I could help you out with that but I’ve never used Blogspot. Maybe one of the other readers here will be able to help you out with that.

      • TCAvey

        I understand if your day doesn’t go as planned, no hurry.

        Not sure why the discrepancy but I’m trying to give this to God and not worry about my numbers.

  • Dan Black

    It’s an honor being a part of your community bro. Thanks for being willing to send me the book. I’m looking forward to reading it. Keep writing great and valuable content.

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Dan. It’s been great having you around, commenting, and building relationships here. I’ll get with you today and get your book out shortly.

  • Lincoln Parks

    Great stats and recommendation those books are awesome and great reads. My top blog post was on Evernote Essentials it went through the roof. I think it was because of the keyword itself totally awesome. Keep rocking bro!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Nice Lincoln. I can see that title getting a ton of hits. Congrats on creating a killer SEO title!

  • Michael Good

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2012 is a third of the way done already, Joe!

    Congrats on a nice month on the blog and I see you implemented the book idea. Very cool!

    • Joe Lalonde

      It’s crazy isn’t it Michael? The year has flown by.

      I seen you guys implemented the monthly review. Looks like it brought quite a bit of conversation to the blog as well. Do you guys see it as something you will continue?

      • Michael Good


        Yeah, I think we will. It’s a lot of fun and I think it adds to the community.

  • Chris Lautsbaugh

    My top post was “When A Missionary Returns Home”. It was posted on a missions page and led to a discussion on re-entry, reverse culture shock, and the pros and cons of the organization. I was merely making a few observations :)
    Have a look:

    • Joe Lalonde

      Great post Chris! And thank you for sacrificing and becoming a missionary in Africa. You’re making a huge difference in the world!

      BTW, I edited your link as it wasn’t directing properly. Hope you don’t mind.