Another year is in the books here at RedsMinorLeagues.com. I wanted to start this post out by just extending my thanks for coming to this here website to follow along the coverage and discussion of the Cincinnati Reds farm system and players.
With 2019 behind us, as I always do, let’s take some time to look back at the year that was for RedsMinorLeagues.com.
The Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2019
- Jonathan India, JT Realmuto, and the Cincinnati Reds
- Cincinnati Reds 2019 MLB Draft: Rounds 3-10
- What would it cost the Reds to acquire Francisco Lindor?
- Why the Reds shouldn’t trade a lot for Sonny Gray
- Report: Reds to sign Cuban infielder Michel Triana for $1.3M
- The Reds likely to trade for a big name this offseason?
- Reds trade talks held up by Nick Senzel medical concerns?
- Cincinnati Reds #1 Prospect: Hunter Greene
- The Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Dylan Rheault
- Reds were asked for Senzel or Trammell for Kluber
For the most part,we’ve got articles about signings or trade rumors. Those seem to get people talking, and visiting, and checking, and re-visiting. Day two of the draft was near the top of the list – draft days always do well, and on day two everything gets jammed into one post, unlike days one and three.
The Most Popular Month of 2019
The traffic for a baseball website generally works on a bell curve. At the start of the year things are slow, then as the season gets going they pick up until the middle of the year, then start slowing down again as the year comes to an end. In particular with a minor league specific site, June is usually the highest traffic month because the three days of the draft bring in traffic that rivals a slower few weeks during the offseason. That was no different this year as June was the most visited month of the year.
Talking, Discussion, and Debate!
During 2019 there were 14707 comments – at least ones that weren’t deleted for one reason or another. That was an average of 19 comments per story that was posted. For the most part we all were on our best behavior and for that I wanted to thank you once again. That is down quite a bit from the last two years, though, but we’ll get to that next.
Plenty of Posting
There were 772 articles posted in 2019. That’s still a whole lot of writing – it’s more than two articles per day. But that’s down quite a bit from the past few years, too. In 2018 I wrote 936 articles at RedsMinorLeagues.com. The year before it was 920. The year before that it was 864. That’s one reason that the comment total was likely lower – there just wasn’t quite as much happening here to discuss.
As you probably know, I took over RedlegNation.com in December of 2018. That makes 2019 the first full year on the job, and it did lead to a little bit of a change of what was happening here. While the site was always focused on the minor league side of things, there were a few times a month that I’d write about some of the big league stuff, too. That, mostly, stopped in 2019. I posted that stuff at Redleg Nation.
Google Remains King of the Mountain
While much of the traffic generated here is organic, a lot of people still find the site from other sources. 12.1% of all traffic that arrived on the digital pages of RedsMinorLeagues.com came from either a google search or a google chrome recommended article. Bleacher Report was second on the list, bringing in 7.7% of all traffic. Twitter grabbed the bronze medal with 3.6% of all traffic referral. Facebook just edged out Bing for the 4th spot at 1.1%.
All Around the World
These webpages were graced on the land of 158 different countries in 2019. Of course almost all of the traffic came from the United States. The home country of the Cincinnati Reds was good for 97.2% of all traffic here in 2019. Canada was next on the list, good for 0.6%. Only Mexico, Australia, Germany, and the Dominican Republic topped the 0.1% mark.
For the first time since 2011, RedsMinorLeagues.com didn’t see it’s traffic go up over the year before. It was still easily the second most visited year in the sites existence, but it fell a few hundred thousand views behind what 2018 brought. As noted above, that’s likely because there was a little less published here than there has been in the past.
The site changed a little bit in 2019. There was slightly less big league focus as that shifted to Redleg Nation. There was a little less video because I had to cancel a 2-week trip that left me with less time at the fields than I had been at in the last couple of seasons. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again in 2020. It’s January 1st as I type this up, but I’m already trying to figure out the plan for spring training this year. That’s what I’m looking forward to right now.