By Julian Dierkes
In the sixth calendar year of the existence of this blog, we were once again very happy to find a significant number of readers. In the course of the year, we wrote 68 new posts.
Highlights of Google Analytics data of our readership for calendar 2016:
- 14,500 readers (all time: 83,000) read over 41,600 pages
- our busiest day was June 29, the date of the election with over 600 readers that day alone
- returning users make up about 40% of our readers
- 1.76 pages per session
- just under 2min per session
- country shares of readers (location, not language or nationality):
- Mongolia 28%
- U.S. 16%
- Canada 13%
- UK 5%
- Australia 4%
- Germany 3%
- then Japan, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, India…
- most popular posts (with number of readers and authors other than me noted)
- “Planning for 2016 УИХ Election” (980) [posted at the end of 2015]
- “Immediate Reactions to MPP Landslide” (930)
- “Mongolia in the Panama Papers” (780)
- “The Many Habits of Successful Mongolian Digital Diplomats” (610)
- “The Story of the Discovery of Oyu Tolgoi” (552) by Byambajav D
- “Questions about Purchase of Erdenet Mining” (532) guest post by Lkhagva E
- “Democracy in Decline?” (509)
- “Politbarometer April 2016” (425)
- “Mining Governance: Learning from Erdenet” (378) by Mendee J
- “Resource Nationalism?” (331)
- Not surprisingly, the majority of these posts were related to politics and the 2016 election and to mining.
- The all-time most-read post is “Corruption in Mongolia According to Transparency International” (1,500+)
- Just over half of our readers find us through web searches, just under 20% arrive via social media.
Comparing to 2015
If we compare to 2015, our readership has remained roughly stable, though this year’s readers read more posts.
There were more Chinese readers this year.
Social media referrals are up.