This week Adam Singer, Product Marketing Manager at Google, posted a call for people to create "wrap-up" posts for 2012. When I read the call I immediately went to Google Analytics to check Online Behavior account to find out which posts got the most pageviews during the year.
Since I was a bit surprised with the results, I decided to share the numbers. But first a few words on why I was surprised and what I intend to do with this information, after all, analysis without action is not worth sharing!
My biggest surprise was to find no videos in the final list. The site has a section packed with amazing videos from the GAUGE Conference and from the eMetrics Summit. Since filming those videos take a considerable amount of resources and time, I won't be posting new videos in the coming year.
Another surprise was that there were no cartoons in the list. Our cartoons section is really awesome, and I would expect them to be more popular. But since they take less time and resources to produce, and since I really love them, they will keep being updated frequently.
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Online Behavior posts on 2012, in order of pages viewed. I have normalized their pageviews into a 10 point scale, where 10 is the most viewed and 1 is the less viewed.
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All in all, it was a great years for Online Behavior, with a huge increase over 2011. We got a higher engagement with the website content in all metrics, higher newsletter signup rates, more interaction with our social accounts and, most of all, we got some really interesting conversation going on, so we will hopefully keep the graph up and to the right in 2013!