Let’s start of the new year here at Redleg Nation by thanking everyone for choosing to come hang out here at this website to share our crazed passion for the Cincinnati Reds. God knows that it hasn’t been easy at times to follow the organization and remain hopeful, but if you’re reading this then you’ve battled through it – and hopefully come out the other side this offseason feeling a bit better.
Second, let me begin the 2020 year by thanking everyone who took the time to write, podcast, and contribute here at Redleg Nation over the last year (and in the past – but I don’t have that list). Thanks to Ashley Davis, Bill Lack, Brian Erts, Chad Dotson, Chris Garber, Clay Marshall, Freekbass, Jackson Thurnquist, Jason Linden, Jeff Carr, Jeff Gangloff, Jim Walker, John Ring, Jordan Barhorst, Mary Beth Ellis, Matt Wilkes, Matt Habel, Nick Carrington, Nick Kirby, Richard Fitch, Ryan Ritchey, Steve Mancuso, Tom Mitsoff, Warrenn Leeman, and Wes Jenkins.
With the year, and now the decade behind us, we’re going to take a look back at 2019 here at Redleg Nation a little bit.
The Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2019
- The Reds are the top candidate to land Shogo Akiyama
- What should the Reds “final offer” be for Francisco Lindor?
- Could the Reds and Yankees be a good match for a trade?
- Reds still in on Realmuto, new name in mix
- Shoenfield’s Reds Blockbuster Idea: A Kris Bryant Trade
- Report: The Reds are out on Dallas Keuchel
- Reds agree to a 3-year deal with outfielder Shogo Akiyama
- Reds notes from the winter meetings for Monday
- Padres interested in Reds top prospect Nick Senzel
- Can the Reds upgrade their rotation by trading for J.A. Happ?
Notice a trend? Apparently everyone likes to read about potential trades and Shogo Akiyama. Not a single one of these posts came during the baseball season. You have to get to spot 28 on the list before you find an article that was written during the season (Reds Rumor: The price on Tanner Roark is untouchable).
The Most Popular Month of 2019
While this is my first full year running Redleg Nation, I’ve been doing the baseball writing thing for a long time now. I began this crazy journey in January of 2006. If you would have told me that December would have had the most traffic during the year, I’d have made a good bet with you that I would have lost. Generally speaking, traffic on baseball websites looks like a bell curve, peaking in June or July, then gradually fading out through December. But this year not only saw December as the most visited month at Redleg Nation in 2019, it was the most visited month in Redleg Nation history, and frankly it wasn’t even remotely close. It had 14.3% more views than the next closest month in the history of the website. Thank you guys and gals for stopping by. And I guess thanks Reds for staying engaged in so many rumors – that can’t hurt.
We Were Doing a Whole Lot of Talking!
The game threads tend to dominate in terms of most commented on articles, and that was true for 2019. For the entire year, though – not including comments that were deleted – Redleg Nation had 41,852 comments posted on it throughout 2019. That’s plenty of discussion, and for the most part, it was clean and civil. Thanks for that.
Lots of Content
The Redleg Nation crew worked their butts off during the year. As a group we published 1060 articles in 2019. Obviously 162 of those were Game Threads, and another 162 of those were Game Recaps. There were also 65 episodes of the Redleg Nation Radio Podcast published during the year.
Google Runs the World
We aren’t sure how you found Redleg Nation, but we are glad that you stuck around. But what we do know is that a whole lot of people find there way to these digital pages via Google. Whether it was from searching, or whether it was from the Google Chrome recommended articles, 14.2% of all the traffic at Redleg Nation in 2019 came from Google. Bleacher Report and the Bleacher Report app contributed another 7.2% of all of the traffic to Redleg Nation this year. Twitter was responsible for 4% of the traffic, while Facebook came in at 2%. No other source reached the 1% mark.
Around the World
Redleg Nation was visited in 178 different countries during 2019. 97.5% of that came from the United States, which of course isn’t surprising at all. Canada was the second on the list, coming in at a whopping 0.42%. Australia was third with 0.22%. A total of 22 different countries sent at least 1000 views this way, including the country of Togo, which until today, I did not know existed. North Korea also provided one single view. I guess they didn’t like what they saw.
The Redleg Nation stats only go back to 2014, so we don’t have the entire site’s history of traffic. But for what we do have, 2019 was easily the most visited year. Visits were up 36% in 2019 versus 2018. 2019 was also up 23% over the previous most visited year that we’ve got data for.
Here’s to hoping that 2020 is better. Not just for all of us that contribute here at Redleg Nation, but for the Reds, too. After years of what felt like them not trying to do anything but wait around for things to happen, they’ve gone out and tried to make it happen. Thanks for coming along with us on this journey, nation – we appreciate it.