Top Posts And Commenters For June 2013

Can you believe it’s already July? Our year is already half over and Christmas is now less than 6 months away.

For me, the year has flown by. I’m working towards my goals. How about you?

With that, it’s time to check out the happenings at Quite a bit has happened and there’s still some items being decided on. I hope you’re ready to read the June 2013 recap.

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Top Posts

1. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery – Modern day slavery seems to be a hot topic. In this post, I helped shed some light on a phenomenon that is still happening today. Did you know this?

2. 7 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid Making – A great listing of mistakes leaders are making and why you should avoid making the mistakes listed.

3. 6 Ways Leaders Leave An Impression On Their Followers – Every action we take leaves an impression on our followers. What are you doing to leave an impression?

4. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence – An oldie but a goodie. This is a reminder to take care of business on your side of the fence.

5. An Invitation To Guest Post – That’s right. is open for guest posts. I invited you, my readers, to help add content to the site. You’ve responded in a big way. I’m still looking for more guest posters and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to share.

6. Learning From Local Leaders – It’s easy to overlook our local leaders. In this post, 9 of Muskegon’s brightest and upcoming leaders shared a piece of advice on how to lead better.

7. 6 Books Leaders Should Read By The End Of The Year – If you’re a leader, you should be reading. Here’s a fantastic list of 6 books you should add to your reading list.

8. How To Give Effective Praise – This piece is almost a year old. The content is still pertinent today as effective praise improves the productivity of your team.

9. 5 Reasons Simple Leadership Rocks – A post born from the comments section. Many readers shared simple leadership leads to great results. This post describes why simple leadership helps leaders lead better.

10. What To Do When Leading Sucks – My inspiration for this post was listening to another leader share his struggles about leadership. It’s true, leadership sucks at times. The good news is we can do something about it. Are you willing?

Top Commenters

1. Dan Black

2. Sean Nisil

3. Jon Stolpe

4. Jonathan Harrison

5. Dan Erickson

6. Lorraine Marie Reguly

7. DS

8. Self Storage

9. Charles Hutchinson

10. CM Logan

It was another great month for comments. Thanks to everyone who stops by and shares their insights with the community.

Site Statistics

This month was  a bit rough. Site statistics were down almost across the board. I can’t say I’m too shocked as we’re entering into the summer season.

Visits – Decreased 13.90%

Unique Visitors – Decreased 17.72%

Pageviews – Decreased 11.62%

Pages Per Visit – Increased 3.06%

Average Visit Duration – Decreased 4.63%

Bounce Rate – Decreased 4.75%

New Visits – Decreased 5.24%

Site And Personal News

Last month I shared with you that I’ve got the cover for the eBook designed. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to finish the editing and formatting of the eBook. It’ll be another couple of months until it’s released.

When I put out the call for guest posters, you guys really answered the call. I’ve had multiple blog readers contact me and you’ve already seen Saturday guest posts taking place. If you have an idea for a guest post, be sure to submit them for a chance to be featured on the site.

Not only was June a tough month for the blog in terms of statistics, it was one of the most difficult months I’ve had personally. My wife and I had to make the hardest decision we’ve ever made, to put our beloved dog Zane down. We’ve also had to mourn with friends and family as they’ve gone through their own losses and trials.

I’m confident July will be a much better month and we’ll see some real breakthroughs with what we’re doing. Are you with me?

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your top post? Are you working on anything exciting? If you’re not a blogger, share a post that had a great impact. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Thanks for the mention. As for blog traffic this month, my traffic was down slightly also. But I’m figuring it is partially related to the time of year. I’d expect July and August will be lower than normal with things picking up in September. On the positive, my traffic this June was higher than my traffic last June. All in all, I can’t complain.

    My top post for June was titled “Is The Church In America Backwards?”. Here’s the link:

    • That’s awesome your traffic was higher than last year at this time. There’s something you can be excited about!

      Thanks for sharing your link to the top post for you. Looks like you also helped Matt McWilliams blog by being one of his most popular posts.

      • It’s great when we can all help each other out. This is one of the reasons why I love the blog community that we are.

  • Statistically for most blogs (granted it depends on the subject matter) June is the worst month, followed by July, August, December, and May.

    June was my best month ever, but the growth from May to June was the least amount of growth month-over-month since I started last August. That is to be expected.

    I haven’t checked yet but i think my most popular post was a guest post by Jon Stolpe :

    Do You Want to Know My Number One Leadership Tool?

    • Terrific news Matt on June being the best month ever for your blog. Sometimes it just happens that way, even with it being statistically improbable.

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        It’s great when we can all help each other out. This is one of the reasons why I love the blog community that we are.

    • That’s pretty cool. Thanks again, Matt, for the chance to share on your blog.

  • Ironically, my top post was the fourth post I wrote when starting my blog. It describes my experience with downloading an annoying toolbar, and how I got rid of it. It remains my top post to this day, and my blog is only 6 months old!

    I am working on a few things…including getting my book published, and a couple of ebooks.

    I am also building my online network. I love connecting with others! Love, Love, Love it!

    • Ouch! Don’t you hate those pesky add ons that programs get you to install?

      • Not understanding this comment, Joe…

        • Sorry, I assumed (haha, gotta love assuming) that the toolbar was one of the sneaky ones that got installed while installing a program.

          Being an IT guy for the day job, I see a lot of that and assumed that’s what happened. Guessing it was something different now?

          • Sorry, must have been having a “blonde” moment!
            Yes, it was a toolbar, and it was sneaky and pesky!
            I got rid of it, though (thankfully), and wrote a post about this experience.

            I am sooo not a technical person, and I was very pleased that I was able to successfully find a solution for my problem. Since many others have fallen victim to this toolbar, and do a search to get rid of it, they inevitably land on my site, at the post I wrote about it. Who knew that this post would get me daily traffic? Just goes to show you that you never know what others will visit your site for….

            • I guess that’s why clear communication is important. If I’d have been more clear, you wouldn’t have been confused!

              I’m glad you were able to get the toolbar uninstalled. They can be a pain in the rear to remove from your system. But I can see why that type of post would get daily traffic. People are having the same issue trying to get rid of the junk that’s installed on their computer!

  • So sorry to hear about your dog. I personally know how heartbreaking that is.

    My best post by far in June was “Diagnosed with Hope.”

    I’m working on a free ebook called The Stewardship Filter to give away to new subscribers.

    I’m trying to focus on fundamentals and stay consistent because I know I can use my writing, and the resources I have in the pipeline, to really help people. My readership right now is just a trickle…but I’m staying the course!

    I’m getting the hang of Twitter and have been getting some hits on my blog from there. I am also working on some guest posts as well.

    • Thanks Sean. It’s amazing how painful this experience has been. But I know we’ll get through it.

      I swung over and checked out the post. It’s excellent and I can see why it popped to the top.

      As for the trickle readership, keep at it. It always starts that way. My traffic was dismal at the beginning but it’s the slow, steady march that gets it done.

      • Thanks for the encouragement Joe.

        On another note, I was one of 24 people chosen for Jon Acuff’s The Start Experiment. It will be 24 days of tackling fear and encouraging others. I don’t know what the challenges will be at this point, but I’m excited. And I’m sure it will play a role in some of the content / direction of my blog over the next month. I look forward to updating you and your readers on that experience on the next monthly check in!

        • NOTE: looks like the Acuff experiment is teams of 24…not 24 individuals. Regardless, I’m sure it will be a great growing experience. I saw you in the FB group Joe. Are you participating??

          • I am participating in the Start Experiment. It looks like a great chance to stretch myself and see what I can really do.

  • Thanks for mentioning my name. I hope this time I will contribute something useful for your blog this month. I am having a lot of new ideas creeping in my mind; Hope to get something useful and interesting out of those.

    • My pleasure. Keep formulating ideas and if you have something you think might work, please share it!

  • Joe, always a pleasure to view your posts – thanks for providing exceptional value to your readers!

    My Top Post was another of my “Life Changers” series: Life Changers: George Marriner Maull – The More We Perceive, The More We Receive

    I was especially honored to feature this particular individual – life changing, to be sure!

    • Thanks Jon! I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

      That’s a great post about George Marriner Maull. It’s got me thinking about changing my music listening habits.

      • Thanks for checking it out Joe – I was blessed to find his “Discovering Vivaldi” TV special a couple months ago, and it really did change my life. Awesome guy as well.

  • June was a tough month for me too blog stat wise. To top it off, I didn’t even make your list of top commenters! I haven’t been able to comment as much as I’d like. My favorite post on my site was about creativity:

    • Tom, don’t worry too much about the stats. It’s a tough month for blogging in general. Keep up the great work and great things will happen.