Top Posts And Commenters For November 2013

Wow, I can’t believe we’ve already entered into the final month of the year. Can you?

This year has been a crazy year for my family and I. Lots of ups and downs and craziness all around.

My hope is that the coming year will see many more victories and celebrations to come.

November 2013 WordleAs usual, the new month brings a review of the previous month. I’ve got to say. November was a crazy month for the blog. You’ll see why in the top posts section.

Top Posts

1. Catalyst East 2013 LeCrae Moore Notes – By far and away the most visited post this month. And it happened because of Twitter. LeCrae Moore retweeted the post to his audience and it took off like wildfire. Never underestimate the power of social media.

2. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery – This post keeps getting the traffic from the search engines. If you didn’t realize slavery is still happening, check out this post to get the facts.

3. Your Past Doesn’t Define You, It Helps Shape You – Many people have found comfort in this post. When you begin to realize your past isn’t who you are, it becomes freeing.

4. The Toughest Decision I’ve Had To Make – Probably the toughest post I’ve had to write. A tribute to my dog. I miss him every day but I’m glad other people are learning how awesome he was.

5. 5 Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective – Leaders are looking for reasons they’re ineffective leading. Do you know why your leadership might be ineffective?

6. How To Give Effective Praise

7. 5 Steps To Become A Better Leader

8. 4 Ways To Increase Happiness

9. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence

10. Wake Up To The New Reality

That’s the breakdown of my top posts for the month. Once again, it’s a mix of evergreen content and newly written content.

I’ll be branching out a bit more in promoting older content in the coming months and I’ll be interested to see the effects. Have you tried to push older content more? If so, what was the effect?

Top Commenters

1. Lorraine Marie Reguly

2. Dan Black

3. Jon Stolpe

4. Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg

5. Zech Newman

6. Ryan Bonaparte

7. Matt McWilliams

8. Bob Sinclair

9. Tim Turnquist

10. Paul Jolicouer

Thanks to each and every one of you who has commented on the blog. You help bring the content to life and bring community to the site.

Site Statistics

I’ve already mentioned November was an amazing month for the blog. The power of social media boosted my reach beyond measure this month.

Here’s the breakdown of what happened.

Visits – Increased 28.30%

Unique Visitors – Increased 33.72%

Pageviews – Increased 8.90%

Pages Per Visit – Decreased 15.21%

Average Visit Duration – Decreased 30.21%

Bounce Rate – Increased 29.77%

New Visits – Increased 4.90%

Question: What about you? If you’re a blogger, share your most popular post. If you’re not, share your favorite post from a blogger you follow.

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

  • Joe – congratulations on a great month! I really enjoyed your post about not letting the past define you!

    I took some time off in November, but my top post was for a free resource I created: 6 Simple Actions You Should Take Every Morning to Skyrocket Your Energy and Focus

    • Jon, thanks man. I couldn’t believe some of the traffic that came in and I’m glad you enjoyed the posts.

      That’s fantastic about the free resource helping a post go to the top of the list. People love things that can help them become more focused.

  • Great work! It’s always encouraging when you see an uptick in the amount of people reached and engagement on your writing.

    November was a great month for me as well. My top post was “Thinking of quitting your job? Don’t.”

    I received a lot of positive feedback, which has shaped some of my posts and efforts going forward.

    • Thanks Ryan. It was definitely encouraging but I fear I won’t be able to maintain that level this month. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

      That was a great post. It’s great you were able to use what you learned from the feedback and shape new posts from it.

  • Fantastic growth Joe! You are creating the WOW!

    • Paul, thanks man! How’d your blog do last month?

  • BOOM! Congrats Joe. Keep it up brother. Excited about your post on my blog in two days. I’m going to bet it’s one of the top posts this month for me.

    • Cool – two of my favorite bloggers linking up. I can’t wait!

      • I hope you’ll be pleased Jon.

        • I was. Great post over at Matt McWilliams’ blog today!

    • Thanks Matt. I’ll do my best. I’m excited as well. I hope I’ll bring the insight your readers need.

    • oooh. Nifty.

  • That is great Joe! I am glad to see you grow. My top post for last month was on life after failure. Have a happy Monday!

    • Zech, that’s always a great topic. Too often we’re taught there isn’t life after failure but we know the truth. That’s where real life happens.

  • Joe, Congrats on a great month. And thanks for the mention. As always, it’s an honor to be mentioned as part of your blogging community.

    My top post was actually from last November. Every Friday, I post an Stretched Ice Breaker for my readers. Last November, I posted about Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving. This post had a ton of traffic in November of this year. Here’s the link:

    • That’s always cool to see older posts rise to the top Jon.

      • Yes it is. It was something I had not expected. There were actually 3 or 4 posts from previous years in my top 10 for the month.

  • My most popular post is “The problem in combat units”

    It was originally written in 2012 for a debate that did not really exist at the time. However in 2013 the US army decided to open combat roles to women. This has sparked a debate in the UK well. Suddenly my old post pulled a lot of traffic.

    But more importantly it got me to write again after a longer break.

    • That seems like it could be a touchy subject to deal with Soren. I could see it drawing a lot of attention and discussion.

      • It is. Regardless of standpoint.
        I blog with my personal experience as a reference. I had women in my combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq. The only problem I can think of is bias.

        And great to see your blog thrive. I just came across it last month. I like the way you write: Interesting, passionate and to the point.

        I follow it via G+.

        Looking forward to read your next post.

        • I’m glad you found the blog and are enjoying it. Please let me know if there’s any topics you’d like to see covered or if there’s anything I can do to help you.

  • I like that you’re growing, Joe. My little blog is, too! But slowly. However, I’ve been looking at my stats each month and am getting better. Google is loving me for my Liebster post and Google Plus Circles posts. I get about 50 to 70 new visitors a day.

    But they don’t subscribe. 🙁

    Oh well, growth takes time.

    Good for you on all you accomplish over here. 🙂

    • 50 to 70 new visitors a day isn’t too shabby Lorraine. Especially with how new your site is. Pretty soon you’ll probably overtake me (-;

      To get more subscribers, you might want to try offering a freebie. I know you’ve got your book but maybe offer a couple of the points in a cool printout or something like that.

      • I’m thinking of doing something like that, just haven’t decided yet. Good tips, though. Thanks. 🙂

        • Toss something together and get it up. Even if it’s not perfect, it’s progress.

  • Keep up the great work, Joe! I’m excited to see your personal growth and blog growth in the next year.

  • RonnieTabor

    Apparently weight loss is a popular topic because my most recent article doubled my best day for number of visitors two days in a row. Where I share my son’s incredible weight loss transformation.

    • Congrats to your son for changing his lifestyle and getting healthy. That’s an amazing change.