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jema
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 05 8:47 am    Post subject: Top 50 articles for 1st April  Reply with quote    

# Title Page Impressions
1 Chicken Keeping (2004-11-03 05:51:01) 3864
2 Filing Cabinet Hot/Cold smoker (2004-10-26 05:49:42) 2702
3 First steps in finding out about downsizing (2004-11-05 05:12:11) 2658
4 In praise of the humble allotment (2004-10-26 10:23:26) 2603
5 Top Ten Wild Foods to Gather in Winter (2004-12-02 12:15:22) 2218
6 Deck on a Hill (2004-10-26 04:07:12) 2037
7 Home wine making (2004-11-05 03:08:27) 1707
8 River Cottage Meat Book - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (2004-11-04 02:29:33) 1323
9 Top Ten Wild Mushrooms for the Beginner (2004-11-08 12:45:25) 1167
10 Dustbin or Dinnertable? (2004-10-29 06:40:50) 1011
11 Creating a Store-room (2004-11-14 15:29:09) 957
12 Feeding Chickens (2004-11-09 17:03:31) 928
13 Building Your Own Home (2004-12-02 10:00:36) 833
14 Top Ten Wild Foods in February (2005-01-31 17:05:14) 831
15 Mooncup Memoirs (2004-12-02 06:08:51) 808
16 Carrier Bags are Rubbish (2004-12-14 05:03:54) 756
17 Food for thought for the downsizing homebuyer (2005-01-12 14:02:23) 742
18 Bread Making (2004-12-01 16:42:37) 685
19 Keeping Geese…..easy as pie! (2004-12-14 05:24:49) 685
20 LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) (2004-12-01 13:24:33) 666
21 The Bridge Between Modern Living and Downshifting Is Crossable (2005-01-26 14:17:36) 633
22 Eggonomics or the maths for keeping chickens (2004-11-23 12:17:25) 624
23 Making Bacon - 3 day cure (2005-02-20 01:01:00) 615
24 Building your own incubator (2004-12-14 05:14:21) 562
25 Chicken Concerns, Problems and Ailments (2004-11-28 11:22:19) 535
26 Going Organic Isn’t Just About Food (2004-12-09 05:50:41) 532
27 Ground Elder Recipes - Eat Your Way to Eradicating a Troublesome Weed (2005-02-17 15:02:42) 499
28 How to... joint a rabbit (2004-11-09 09:00:13) 491
29 Don't pay the Ferryman! DIY funerals (2005-02-10 07:32:22) 459
30 Come and stay at Mullacott Farm (2005-01-30 03:46:34) 456
31 Top Ten Wild Foods in March (2005-03-04 01:59:44) 456
32 Home Made Natural Skin Cream (2005-03-13 16:46:2 451
33 Small Scale Coppice Production (2004-12-02 10:12:21) 442
34 Installing a wood burner (2004-11-22 09:46:34) 417
35 Big small wind power! (2004-11-18 07:24:34) 414
36 Fun solar - solar water heating (2005-02-28 15:05:30) 409
37 Wind power to the people! (2005-01-17 00:00:00) 404
38 Fleeces For Sale (2005-01-28 11:53:29) 400
39 Creating a wood working shop (2004-11-18 11:23:55) 394
40 Personalised Knitting and more (2004-11-02 10:51:12) 358
41 Contact Us (2004-12-30 10:20:37) 355
42 Home Education Basics (2004-11-29 10:08:22) 353
43 Renovating old fruit trees (2005-02-05 10:33:27) 330
44 Going West: An Immigration Story (2005-01-05 16:02:40) 323
45 Hand crafted name plaques (2005-01-31 11:31:07) 322
46 Kerry Hill Knitting Yarn (2005-01-20 18:32:56) 304
47 Hareley Farm Herefordshire (2005-02-08 11:36:12) 294
48 Arkwrights Homebrew (2004-10-26 07:47:43) 292
49 Sculptures, Trophies and Jewellery (2004-11-03 02:07:37) 288
50 Living Memorials (2004-11-15 13:31:50) 288


I think I'll be a pain with commenting on this, this week

Whilst I do note some worthy articles on the rise, we also see the continued strong showing of the rivercottage meat book review which I can say without knocking anyone ego but my own is a pretty poor article, and also a few others that are good articles which have had the extra benefits of promotion on the front page or elsewhere.
Basically what I am saying is that whilst we want quality, and a lot of quality articles are doing well, you can see the facts in the figures about the "marketing" factor

What do we do about this? I think on whole we just grin at this, the really good stuff is getting read, and some of it probably because people are sucked in via the search engines by the other stuff.

But maybe we should work a little harder on things like titles. For example "big small wind power" might well get more attention with turbine in the title.

Last edited by jema on Sat Apr 02, 05 9:19 am; edited 1 time in total

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 05 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What are you saying about chicken keeping. I assume you also mean April.

You're probably right about the article names. It's good to have a range of articles, some simple and topical like my hen one, and some more in depth (ones that I prefer).

I do think a bit more work needs to be done organising the indexing of these articles and making the search more promenant and obvious (with a button please). Once people visit the site a simple, easy to use search would keep them here. At the moment you need to search for the search option.

nettie



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 05 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You're dead right, Jema, the titles of our articles are, effectively, ad headlines for our site when people Google, IMHO it's essential that (to quote a marketing cliche) they do what they say on the tin.

I'm sure it explains why the skin cream article has had so many views already - the title was written with Google in mind.

(now you're going to tell me that's not how people found it, aren't you??)

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