Readers from around the world with the WordPress Stats Map

One of the things I really love about WordPress is the statistics feature it gives me for the where readers from my blog are coming from. This is the map from the WordPress.com site that shows a “heat map” of where the visitors to this blog came from within the last 90 days. You don’t get this map in the JetPack stats screen, you have to go to the actual WordPress.com to see this map:

Readership Map

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Rubber duck debugging or Rubber Ducking, meet Captain Crunch!

IMG_4090How many of you do “rubber ducking“? How many even know what it is?

Rubber duck debuggingrubber ducking, and the rubber duckie test are informal terms used in software engineering to refer to a method of debugging code. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themself to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. – wikipedia

For as long as I could remember I always had this little foam Linux penguin on my desk which provided me with answers to the worlds most difficult problems. Problems that could only be answered by the divine wisdom an inanimate object made in China could answer. This Christmas I got a new oracle of wisdom from one of my children – the Marine Corps Bobble head! I have named him Captain Crunch, those in the know will know while those that are not will not know the reference. (see, the wisdom is already coming out of him!). I am looking for a long and lasting relationship with the Captain.

Peeking interest with a picture, mastering Tumblr

In the past few months I have been automatically posting my blog articles to Tumblr. I started using Tumblr a few months ago pretty actively to read other blog posts solely based on their picture – I am very visual guy. This is why I have made it a point to post a picture in just about every blog article. I like the aesthetics of Tumblr, especially when bloggers use compelling and attractive pictures. I wonder if there is a Tumblr theme for WordPress, I will have to look into that.

Do you use Tumblr?

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Top 20 posts on this blog in 2013: SEO stands out!

glassesSimilar to all years, the Home Page was king on this site. However, I would like to point out a new contender among the posts – “Why do you favorite a tweet?“. This was posted earlier this year in April and has been a popular target for SEO. The title is basic, it asks a question, and many apparently ask the search engines the same question. The key for me in this space is to “get the word out”. Use social sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. However as you can see from my referer post it’s all about SEO. Make sure your content and title are relevant and searchable!

Once again, thanks for reading my blog and have a happy new year!

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Top 20 Locations where my blog has been read in 2013

Wrapping up my year in blogging, the next stat is “where” my blog is read. It always amazes me that I can see what readers in other countries visit my blog. I am heavily read in the United States, and India has a large readership (over doubling the views in the UK).

A quick shout out to WordPress.com for providing these stats for free!

Once again, thanks for reading my blog!

Additional Edit: If all of my readers could comment where they are from I think that would be pretty cool.

Top 20 Countries in 2013

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Top 20 videos on my YouTube channel in 2013

youtubeCompared to last year, my YouTube channel received 4,000 more views this year. With a total of 22,432 views I think I can say it was a pretty good year so thank you for watching!

I learned a lot this year with my YouTube channel. I learned that the shorter the video, the better. I saw a drastic drop in retention after the 3 minute mark in most videos 3 minutes or more. I also noticed that the Asia viewers have a much higher retention than all other countries. I gained 122 subscribers this year, almost doubling my subscribers from last year – once again thank you!

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Top 20 Search terms to this blog in 2013, Content is KING!

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.03.49 AMSearch terms are words readers put into Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc and get directed to your site. This is also a good indicator for what your site is “known for” on the internet. When you create content and people search for that content on a search engine, then actually click on that content the search site actually grades the clicks on the different results for that search term. In other words, if your content is clicked on more than any other content on the internet then your content will eventually bubble up to the top. In many respects it use to be a lot about the title but search engines are getting smarter and the actual content is even more relevant today. So while in days of yore your title attracted traffic, it is the content that keeps it coming!

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Top 20 Referrers for this blog in 2013, Search engines rule the roost!

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 9.17.18 AMTo continue the top lists for 2013 this one is all about referrals. A referral is a site where they reference my blog and their readers click the link to here. It could also be a comment I made on a post somewhere and it linked back to my blog. While search engines rule, you can see social sites like PlanetLotus.org, LinkedIn, Twitter, and StackOverFlow had some pretty good numbers. However, this supports the “content is king” motto when you see search engines with such a powerful referral number.

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Top 20 clicks on this blog for 2013 – did your content make the list?

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 8.49.31 AMEvery year I like to wrap up my blog with some stats. This year I am starting with “Clicks“. Clicks are any link you, the reader, has clicked on and is then tracked in my stats database. It also means I referenced the site in some post so thank you for the content. Many times I summarize a story or blog post and mention other content, this is where the reader decides to click on the original content or not.  Check out this years top clicks below:

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YouTubes Automatic Closed Caption is pretty funny

ccIn a recent discussion with Ben Langhinrichs on Facebook about closed captions on our YouTube videos I decided to look into it. Ben also produced a video on how to put custom closed captions in your videos, you can check that video out here, it is a pretty good technique.

What I found interesting, well actually funny, was what the auto closed caption did for one of my videos. I watched the Searchandizing with WebSphere Commerce video and turned on closed captioning – I know see why Ben provides his own script!

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