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2013 Year End Summary

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Now that 2013 has come to a close, we have taken a look at our blog statistics for the year. It turns out our Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People was by far the most popular unique article posted in 2013, while the most popular news article on the site was our piece on the Dad who was arrested for picking up his kids at school by foot.

Google Chrome was the most popular browser for our readers, while Internet Explorer fell to 5th place, and Facebook was the top traffic source for readers in 2013.

Users reached The Urban Country using more than 10,000 search keyword phrases – many of which were variations of people trying to find out Rachel McAdams home address in Toronto (after we highlighted the fact that Rachel McAdams gets around Toronto by bike).

2013 marked the first time ever that we have paid the paparazzi for photos to post on this blog (for the Rachel McAdams bicycle photos mentioned above).

Happy New Year friends, and here’s to 2014 bringing happiness and health to all of our readers!

Here are the 2013 statistics:

  • 276,174 visits
  • 232,172 unique visitors
  • 378,521 page views

Most popular articles of 2013

  1. Dad Arrested For Picking Up Kids At School By Foot (November) – 89,479 views, 117 comments
  2. Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People (June) – 57,631 views, 71 comments
  3. British Bicycle Bloggers On World Journey Killed in Thailand (February) – 7,647 views, 23 comments
  4. Rachel McAdams Gets Around Toronto By Bike (April) – 7,334 views, 24 comments
  5. Groningen: The World’s Cycling City (October) – 6,536 views, 7 comments
  6. Bicycles Are For People Who Can’t Be Late (March) – 3,171 views, 11 comments
  7. Blaming Victim Gives Society False Sense of Security (July) – 2,670 views, 7 comments
  8. Bad Design Leads To Bad (Scofflaw) Behaviour (July) – 2,650 views, 8 comments
  9. You Are Wasting Your Life Away Sitting In Traffic (April) – 2,425 views, 9 comments
  10. Paying Employees To Bike To Work (January) – 2,208 views, 8 comments
  11. The Art Of Carrying Things By Bike (September) – 2,056 views, 19 comments

Top news/blog referrers

  1. treehugger.com (1,492 visits)
  2. dish.andrewsullivan.com (1,109 visits)
  3. copenhagenize.com (871 visits)
  4. cycling-embassy.org.uk (530 visits)
  5. slate.com (527 visits)
  6. mrmoneymustache.com (472 visits)
  7. dingdingletsride.com (302 visits)
  8. bikingtoronto.com (273 visits)
  9. bicycledutch.wordpress.com (259 visits)
  10. kentsbike.blogspot.com (225 visits)
  11. aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com (219 visits)
  12. thestar.com (206 visits)
  13. pulsenews.com (201 visits)
  14. ibiketo.ca (197 visits)

Top Traffic Sources

  1. facebook.com (62,538 visits)
  2. m.facebook.com (39,682 visits)
  3. twitter.com (15,700 visits)
  4. reddit.com (11,062 visits)
  5. stumbleupon.com (4,204 visits)
  6. imgur.com (2,389 visits)
  7. google.com (1,202 visits)
  8. plus.url.google.com (660 visits)
  9. redirect.disqus.com (473 visits)
  10. google.ca (240 visits)

Top Visitor Countries

  1. United States (111,888 visits)
  2. Canada (56,892 visits)
  3. United Kingdom (21,001 visits)
  4. Australia (10,629 visits)
  5. Netherlands (8,154 visits)
  6. Germany (6,225 visits)
  7. Sweden (5,544 visits)
  8. Norway (4,704 visits)
  9. France (2,891 visits)
  10. Brazil (2,489 visits)
  11. Czech Republic (2,376 visits)
  12. New Zealand (2,237 visits)
  13. Spain (2,167 visits)
  14. Belgium (2,032 visits)
  15. India (1,855 visits)

Top Browsers

  1. Chrome (94,207 visits)
  2. Firefox (48,378 visits)
  3. Safari (46,493 visits)
  4. Safari (in-app) (40,274 visits)
  5. Internet Explorer (24,428 visits)
  6. Android Browser (15,139 visits)
  7. Opera (2,104 visits)
  8. Mozilla (1,839 visits)
  9. BlackBerry (1,103 visits)
  10. Opera Mini (586 visits)
  11. Amazon Silk (321 visits)

Most Bizarre Search Keywords

  1. where does rachel mcadams live toronto (and many variations of this)
  2. beijing
  3. too many cars on the road
  4. bicyclists must obey
  5. is gene hackman still alive
  6. what does a car symbolize
  7. cause of traffic congestion
  8. bicycle helmet netherlands
  9. canada lawyer bike to work
  10. riding a bike after many years

James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

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