With the year soon coming to a close, it’s only natural that we take a look back and reflect on 2010. For the purpose of this piece, I will be reaching further back into my time here at Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network in the hopes of gaining insight into the future by taking a look at the performance of my pieces, and of course, maybe gaining some page views in the process.
I’ve been a contributor here for three and a half years now and I’ve learned a lot from the experience. I’ve published 476 pieces of content, including 35 slideshows and 441 articles. I’ve accumulated more than 226,000 page views to date and have many fans and friends in the AC/Yahoo family. Though not as successful as many of my colleagues, I’m happy with my accomplishments so far and I only hope for a bigger and better year in 2011.
Like many of my fellow writers, sometimes it’s just plain hard to figure out which articles will do well and which ones won’t. On occasion I publish a piece that I’m sure will get a big response and then nothing. Other times I’ll get the opposite. Here’s a look at the ten pieces I’ve written that have garnered the least amount of page views since their publication. They’re listed in descending order, with the article with the least amount of page views coming in at number one. Feel free to check them out if you haven’t read them already or if you think they may be of interest.
#10 -Who’s to Blame for the Mess in Iraq? (48 page views)
Looking at this list I can see why I stay away from political issues these days. Back during the Bush years, I was fired up about a lot of things going on in this country, as many on the right have been for the past two years under Obama. Iraq was a big issue at the time for me, and I used this one to speak my peace about it. No one even noticed as the piece has garnered a measly 48 views in just over three years since its publication.
#9 – News That’s Fit to Print (46 page views)
This was the first in a series that actually has done well overall. I haven’t done an installment in awhile, because of business with other projects, but you never know when it will resurface. I’m guessing that the lowly 46 page views are the result of a little known writer who knew nothing about SEO.
#8 – Website Review: Yahoo Answers (45 page views)
At the time I wrote this article, I was a Yahoo Answers addict. I haven’t been there in awhile, but I may just take another look-see. It is fun!
#7 – Stock Market Psychiatry (44 page views)
Now this one I thought was clever. It was a commentary written after seeing headline after headline blaming the stock market’s downward turn on jitters, worries and concerns. If you’re going to check any of these pieces out, make sure it’s this one!
#6 – Kelly Clarkson’s Return to the Top (37 page views)
This was an album review of Clarkson’s “All I Ever Wanted” CD. I guess not everybody was as excited about it as I was.
#5 -Rainy Sunday (34 page views)
This one was simply a way for me to escape a writer’s block I was experiencing at the time.
#4 – Estelle “Shine” Album Review (27 page views)
The number of page views on this one was and still is a big disappointment. With the success of her hit, “American Boy”, and the stellar songs on the album, I would have hoped this one would have gotten more attention.
#3 – Hot Peppered Peas (26 page views)
This is a family recipe for making peas with lots and lots of black pepper. It’s one of my favorite side dishes and it’s too bad no one noticed it.
#2 -News That’s Fit to Print, June 17, 2009 (25 page views)
Another one of those news articles with poor SEO.
#1 – Proud Day, Unifying Future with President Obama (22 page views)
Boy was I wrong on this one! Back in November of 2008, the historic election of Barack Obama filled me with hope and optimism after eight years of W. I’ll suffice it to say that the optimism is no longer existent, and neither is the optimism for many more page views on this one.
Well, there you have it, my worst performing articles of all time. Looking back at these, I can conclude that I’ll be staying out of the politics and news game for awhile. As for the rest, I think that I’m a little more experienced now in the areas of music and commentary that I don’t need to worry. Thanks for reading!