Unlike the United States, 2013 was a pretty good year for The Humor Columnist. I published two ebooks, the site received about 50,000 page views and a few of my posts got passed around on Facebook and Reddit, which is always a nice thing. The biggest change was that I started publishing stories with a specific audience in mind–people in Los Angeles or Cleveland, for example. It helped. I probably should have figured this out years ago, but I’m not “smart.”
Google, Facebook and Reddit drove most of the traffic to this site in that order. Surprisingly, joedonatelli.com, Bing and Cracked.com drove more traffic than Twitter, which I post links to often, with Yahoo and Google+ behind Twitter. Takeaway: Twitter is a giant waste of time in terms of attracting mass traffic and is probably more effective if you are targeting specific individuals such as editors or Richard Simmons.
What were the top 10 stories on The Humor Columnist in 2013? Here they are, based on total number of page views. Some of them are from years past and continue to receive traffic.