I was going through the site analytics, checking out what kind of year The Millions had and I thought it might be fun to share some of the stuff I found out.
Looking at the site’s most visited pages, there were some “evergreen” favorites in the top spots:
- Hard to Pronounce Literary Names Redux: the Definitive Edition: In August 2006, we unwittingly struck a chord with the reading public. We don’t know how to pronounce our favorite writers’ names, but we want to be able to discuss them. We took a first stab at creating a list, but after much debate about proper pronunciation, we hit the library and came back with this definitive version. It remains our most popular post and may stay that way for a long time.
- A Year in Reading 2007: This post only went up on December 1st, but thanks to dozens of great contributors, it was our best year-end series yet.
- Hard to Pronounce Literary Names: Our first, abortive attempt at the pronunciation post remains popular.
- The Most Anticipated Books of 2007: Readers got the year started with a look at the books we were most excited about. 2008′s installment is now posted.
- Keepers of the Flame: A Reply to n+1: Back in March, we noted N+1′s essay that took on the “litblogs.” It ignited a mini-controversy and The Millions was ground zero.
We get a lot of traffic from Google, of course, but quite a few of our visitors arrive from other sites. These were the top 5 sites to send us traffic in 2007:
Those who take the Google route, however, come from these searches:
- the millions
- book blogs
- book blog
- the millions blog
- how to pronounce names
Finally, I also thought it would be interesting to see which books were most popular on the site last year. We link to all the book titles mentioned on the site, and these were the ones that got the most clicks: