2013 Website in review

First things first: Happy new year. Hopefully everyone is safe and sound this morning, things can get dangerous out there on nights like New Years Eve.

For the early post today I thought I would take a look back at some things on the website from 2013.

There were 532 articles published in 2013.

There were 44 videos published to youtube.

The youtube page now shows over 250,000 video watches.

June was the most active month from visitors by a wide margin and it has been ever year that I have had stats for it. No surprise there though, as it is the month of the draft. September was the least active month from visitors this year for the second year in a row.

2013 finished with the second most visits since I began tracking stats for the website in 2008. It fell 17,000 visits short. If only the Reds had made a blockbuster prospect trade this year, we may have made it.

There were 8216 comments posted in 2013 that remain on the site (no spam and no comments that I wound up deleting).

The top pages viewed (other than the homepage) was the Prospect Rankings page, followed closely by the 2013 Draft Tracker.

The top five articles read this year were:

  1. 2013 Midseason Top 10 Cincinnati Reds Prospects
  2. 2013 Cincinnati Reds Draft: Rounds 3-10
  3. 2014 Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects List #1-5
  4. 2014 Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects List #21-25
  5. Cincinnati Reds add four to the 40-man roster, leave several Rule5 eligible

The top five countries to visit the site outside of the United States:

  1. Canada
  2. Germany
  3. Republic of Korea
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. Mexico

There were 15 countries that provided one visitor and three of them are countries that I didn’t know existed.

The most viewed link outside of the site was Milb.com (likely for various box scores in most cases) and there were over just over 59,000 clicks from the site to Milb.com this year. Baseball America, Minor League Ball, Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus round out the top 5 (not accounting for twitter or Reds/MLB.com).

On the flip side, the top referrers to my site were “search engines”, which brought in 49,389 visits (google accounted for 37,458 of those). Twitter came in second at 17,569. Yardbarker came in third, followed by RedlegNation.com and Cincinnati.com (Enquirer).

The most searched term that brought a visitor to the website (the top 6 are actually all some variation of redsminorleagues or redsminorleagues.com) outside of the name or address was Seth Mejias-Brean. Funny enough, the second most popular one was “minor leagues Doug Gray”. Tucker Barnhart was the second most popular player name to come back from the search engines, with Sal Romano, Jeremy Kivel and Ryan LaMarre rounding out the player top 5.

About Doug Gray

Doug Gray is the owner and operator of this website and has been running it since 2004 in one variation or another. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, contact him via email here or follow the site on Facebook. and Youtube.