As web editor, I get the unique opportunity to see just how folks like you view ElburnHerald.com. We use Google Analytics to anonymously track how our visitors use our site, and in turn, we get to see what stories and articles were the most popular. It’s been immensely helpful as I tackle the project of redesigning ElburnHerald.com going into 2013.
Our top 10 most-viewed stories from 2012 touched it all: local hot-button issues, police-related articles, community groups linking to articles about them, and what I can only call the “power of Google.”
10: ‘Miracle’ Meagan turns 3 (Nov. 15, 2012)
The 1,696-member Meagan Seals Miracle Baby Facebook Group linked to our article in November, leading to this story cracking the top 10.
9: Church moves forward with lot closure (April 13, 2012)
An early-year local issue that caused a stir in Downtown Elburn. The lot remains closed.
8: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago to air ‘IHSA Playoff Pairing Release Show’ Oct. 20 (Oct. 20, 2012)
Google search traffic helped boost this press release into our Top 10. People were looking for information—specifically what channel to to tune into if they had Comcast, DirecTV, etc.
7: Aurora woman gets prison term for fatal crash on Route 47, Smith Road (Feb. 17, 2012)
Alia Bernard was sentenced to 7 years for causing a crash that killed Wade and Denise Thomas. Bernard filed a motion to reduce her sentence in March, and the Chicago Tribune reported in August her sentence was in fact reduced to 6 years. A cautionary tale that distracted driving is extraordinarily dangerous.
6: Obituary: Brett Richard Brubaker (June 14, 2012)
Overall, obituaries are our most-viewed content on ElburnHerald.com. Brubaker was a 1980 Kaneland graduate was very well-connected in the community.
5: Elburn Station project Chugs along (April 13, 2012)
4: Body found on side of Meredith Road identified (July 19, 2012)
Learn more about Joyce David here.
3: Darden Restaurants grants $1,000 to Lazarus House (Aug. 12, 2012)
Turns out there are two organizations called “Lazarus House” in Jersey City, NJ., and San Francisco. People from those two locations viewed this story a lot.
2: Barefoot collgians (April 28, 2012)
It looks like the keywords “barefoot” and “library” have brought users from all over the world to what was a press release from Aurora University we published since it featured a Sugar Grove resident.
1: 2 Elburn Residents charged with cannabis trafficking (Nov. 21, 2012)
It was interesting that our top story is also the most recently-posted of the 10. A lot of search traffic led to many visitors for this regional story.