January 6, 2009


Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
--- James Levin

A new year already? Let's start 2009 by looking at what you read in 2008. We'll compare with 2007 to see trends.

Overall visits increased by 2.5 times (+149.86%, to be precise) and 80.4% of visitors were new. The average visit length dropped by 4 seconds and encompassed 1.6 pages.

Canadian visitors --- the target audience --- read 1.9 pages per visit and stayed an extra 11 seconds.

The Top 10 Posts
Here's what you read
  1. Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes: Three Lessons From The Salespeople (a surprise)
  2. Three Communication Tips: Jokes, Length, Offense (the final post of 2007)
  3. Universal Principle of Influence #1: Reciprocity (has links to Robert Cialdini's other five)
  4. The Six Most Influential Word Groups (still don't know the source)
  5. Zig Ziglar's Inspire Podcast: Motivating Messages (I keep forgetting to listen new posts)
  6. Five Presentation Tips From Steve Jobs (a master)
  7. Four Habits of Highly Referrable People (from Dan Sullivan with a snazzier title)
  8. Two Tools PowerPoint Presenters Need (still not universal)
  9. Business Card Etiquette (still not followed enough)
  10. Talking > Typing: Dragon NaturallySpeaking (working better than ever, thanks to a new studio-grade microphone from Santa)
What you're reading shows that you're interested in ways
  • increase your business
  • improve your techniques
  • save time
That jives with the purpose of this blog. You can also see the power of appealing headlines.

Where You Live
Canadian visitors came from 142 cities ranging from Whitehorse to St. John's to Iqualuit. Most of you are in Ontario (where I work primarily). Here are the top cities:
  1. Toronto
  2. Vancouver
  3. Calgary
  4. Ottawa
  5. Edmonton
  6. Montreal
American visitors came primarily from New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Like statistics? Many more categories are available. For a flavour, look at what was read on Riscario Insider last year, a public-oriented site.

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