Blogging is a Marathon Not a Sprint and 2013’s Top 10 Most Visited Blog Articles

2013’s Top 10 Most Visited Blog Articles

Have you looked into your blogs most visited articles for the last year?

Did you have any interesting results when you looked back at your top articles?

Today, I wanted to share R & R Web Design LLC’s top 10 most visited blogs for 2013. I also wanted to share with you something I noticed about all the blogs I write for.

I love to post top 10 blog articles of each year because it really tells you what is working and what isn’t. This year, I noticed something that I should have expected, but didn’t.

For all 5 companies I write for, the older the article, the more likely it made the top 10 list. For one of the companies, the top 10 list was filled with articles written in 2012! Only 2 out of the 10 made the top 10 list that were written in 2013, and those two articles were both written in January 2013.

So, what does this tell us? That blogging is not a sprint. It is truly a marathon. So, don’t give up. Even if you are only posting once a week, keep going, and you will see results.

You’ll notice below is R & R Web Design’s list of top 10 most visited articles according to Google Analytics. The number 1 article, How to Remove a Like From a Link On Facebook, was originally written in November 2010. In August of 2012, Robin from R & R Web Design LLC wrote an updated article to reflect Facebook’s changes. Both the original and the updated are in the top 5.

At R & R Web Design LLC, we have been publishing blog articles since 2008. Now, here is our Top 10 Most Visited Articles in 2013.

  1. How to Remove a Like from a Link on Facebook
    This article has made the number 1 spot for 2 years in a row. In this article, you will find an easy-to-follow how-to tutorial to remove a like from a link on Facebook.
  2. How to Set Up Google Authorship in WordPress in 3 Simple Steps
    Google Authorship has never been more important. With Robin’s 3 simple steps, you too can have all the benefits that Google Authorship has to offer.
  3. How to Get a Short Google Plus URL
    If you are wondering if this is an outdated article, it is. However, even while being outdated, this article holds the number 3 spot of the most visited articles in 2013. The publication of this article was October of 2012 and proves again that blogging is a marathon.
  4. Examples of Facebook’s 20% Text Overlay Rule
    While this article was written in 2013, it was written in January of 2013. Facebook has since changed their rules about cover photo text overlays. This article holds the 4th spot in R & R Web Design LLCs Top 10.
  5. How to Remove a Like from Facebook – The Original
    Here is the original post that received so much attention. In order to provide accurate information for our readers, Robin re-wrote the tutorial with updated step-by-step instructions. This article has a 301 redirect to take the visitor to a new tutorial.
  6. Top 10 Social Network Sites – November 2012
    If you are wondering which social networking sites were most popular? This article provides the top social network sites according to Hitwise in November 2012.
  7. Top 5 U.S. Social Networking Sites – Share of Time Spent – comScore
    In February of 2013, Robin Strohmaier published this article highlighting that most Americans spend 5 out of 6 minutes on Facebook compared to any other social media network. This is an article you don’t want to miss.
  8. 15 Fabulous Facebook Tips for Your Business Page
    Looking to add or improve your business’ Facebook page? This article provides you with 15 tips that you will want to read.
  9. DNS Services Invoice Scam Alert
    At R & R Web Design LLC, we strive to provide you with up-to-date information. In November or 2012, our clients were receiving invoices from a company that appeared to be a valid invoice. It turned out that the “invoice” was actually a solicitation. Check out this article for a closer look.
  10. How to remove your home address and cell phone number from Facebook
    Here is another article to prove that blogging is a marathon. This article was published in January 2011, and it still found its way onto 2013’s Top 10 Most Visited Blog Articles.

I was really excited to write this article because I truly believe in the importance of committing to blogging for the long haul. This top 10 list proves that. While I have only been blogging for just over a year, R & R Web Design LLC has been producing articles since 2008.

Have you looked up your blog’s most visited articles? Did you notice anything interesting about them?

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

27 comments on “Blogging is a Marathon Not a Sprint and 2013’s Top 10 Most Visited Blog Articles
  1. Robert Manea says:

    I have been running the marathon for over a year now..

  2. Tina Ashburn says:

    I can understand why there are the top 10!I’m printing them as I type and then I’m going to work on this very important information.

  3. Simona says:

    I actually used #2 and #3 to set up Google authorship and to get the G+ URL. True, my URL wasn’t available as fast as the others… 🙂

    • Simona,
      Robin does a great job at answering the questions that haven’t been asked yet. I used #2 to set up my Google Authorship as well and I often reference back to it in other articles I write.

  4. Connie says:

    My blog is relatively new and I don’t have much traction yet but I look forward to doing such an analysis at the end of the year. Thanks for the great tips!

  5. Sharon O'Day says:

    I’m curious, Christine, to know why older ones rank higher among posts. Is it because they’ve been promoted frequently over time so some have accumulated lots of visits? Or are you saying there is something going on with the writing? I have a handful of posts that have been written over the three years of weekly posts … and draw readers and comments like no others. In this case, it’s the topic …

  6. I have the same question as Sharon….why the older ones rank higher among posts? I can also see why these are the top 10 topics. They are filled with info that is so important. In fact, I’ve bookmarked a few. Thank you.

    • Sharon and Alexandra,

      Great question!
      I think that there is a combination of things going on. First, as Sharon states, it may be the topic. When we write articles that offer solutions to reader’s problems and craft those articles with ethical organic search engine optimization, they have a better chance of being found by people searching for answers.

      Secondly, when an article has more time exposure, it is logical that it would have more visits.

  7. Brooke Ballard (@madSMscientist) says:

    It’s no wonder these were your best articles! The titles are precise, helpful, and intriguing. And the content follows through. Awesome job, you guys! I’ve loved following and getting to know you over the past year plus and can’t wait to see what’s to come!

  8. Samuel says:

    Blogging success is definitely a marathon and not a sprint.

    I’ve already been working hard on the Internet for almost two years so far.

    Thanks for writing!

    – Samuel

  9. This is a post to bookmark for sure. Fabulous content!

  10. Yvonne Brown says:

    These are helpful articles! I will check them out! Have a great weekend!

  11. Caroline says:

    What is interesting is that Facebook is the subject of many of these articles. To be honest, I’ve never even thought about how to remove a like from a link, so guess where I’m going now? To find out how to do this 😀

  12. Although I’ve been blogging for over about 2 years, I only started blogging weekly this past year and since Nov on wordpress. I’m getting into the swing of it. I used to write about all sort of topics that I felt like writing about. Now, I’m exploring topics relevant to my product, niche, readers. Clueless how to track readership pr popularity but have a full year to go. This is getting bookmarked.

  13. Laurie Hurley says:

    Love all of these! Think I’ve read most of them. Wonderful collection.

  14. Pat Moon says:

    Just went and checked out my top 10 blogs… lots of information in doing this. Since my blog is about nutrition it was interesting to observe the top viewed topics. They all fit very nicely into my niche market of people over the age of 45. Top topics are: Menopause/Hot Flashes – Weight Loss – Diabetes – Cancer – Heart – Chronic Fatigue – Dementia – Gluten. This will be very helpful in being even more focused on what problems people are interested in and how I can address those issues. I’ve been blogging (from scratch) since April 2011 and have 69 blogs on my site. Some need to either be discarded or rewritten so as to be more relevant to my target audience. Thanks for directing me to do this exercise. I feel it has been very helpful.

    • Pat,
      I’m so glad you found checking out your top 10 so informative and useful! Good luck with this coming year of blogging and thank you so much for sharing. 🙂