2014 Top 10 Traffic Sources for Agriculture Proud

ranching farming selfie feeding cows hayYesterday, I shared the ten most popular posts from 2014. Several were from events during the past 12 months, but about half were written in previous years. There’s a lot of activity on this site aside from new blog posts that crop up. With posts dating back to 2009, there’s bound to be some information you haven’t come across before.

An overwhelming amount of my blog traffic is a result of search engines like Google, Google Images and Bing. What were people looking for in 2014? Many searches lead to this year’s most popular blog posts, but there are several other topics thrown in the mix as well. Stay tuned later as I recap those search traffic terms and explore the historical posts folks are reading.

Top Traffic Referrers for 2014

Following search engine traffic, the majority of my site traffic is a result of social media conversations on Facebook, Twitter (@AgProudRyan), Pinterest and Reddit. If you’re looking to improve your traffic from these sites, keep in mind the importance of sharable images with each post. An interestingly large number of discussion forums in the hunting and outdoors communities sent traffic my way this year. The posts following the Muck Boots social media crisis after posting in support of HSUS drew more than it’s fair share of traffic and ended up being the top debuting post in my site’s history.

Those social media sites are great, but who are the actual people sending traffic my way?
  1. Janice Person (a.k.a. @JPLovesCotton) is a good friend who lives in St. Louis and blogs over at JanicePerson.com. JP has a great Farm Blog list which drives several visits to my site every day, and she ends up the #1 traffic source in 2014, by a long shot! Be sure to check out her list of farm blogs.
  2. CNN Eatocracy has allowed me to write on their site, sharing a perspective from agriculture with their food community. One of my posts from a few years back continues to be popular and drives a continuing conversation. Go read Farmers Aren’t Evil – Now can we have a civil conversation.
  3. Farm Progress writer, Holly Spangler, has a great regular blog on their site. In one of her Friday headline roundups, Holly included a link to my timeline of events as they unfolded on the Muck Boots vs. HSUS story, which ended up being my biggest story of the year. Go read Holly’s Farm Progress blogs.
  4. In September 2013, The New Yorker magazine didn’t miss the negative feedback resulting from Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Scarecrow advertisement as part of their Food With Integrity campaign. New Yorker linked to my blog post about the unrealistic portrayal, which continues to bring in viewers. Read the Scarecrow story from New Yorker.
  5. Brian Scott (a.k.a. The Farmer’s Life) is an Indiana farmer who is great at sharing his story in photos and answering common questions about his crops. Often he writes about popcorn, and even wrote a guest post for me this year about leaving corn in the field after harvest. Be sure to go read his explanation about waxy corn, which continues to grown an audience.
  6. Brandi (Buzzard) Frobose (a.k.a. @BrandiBuzzard) is a peer in the beef cattle business who also shares her perspectives about food and animal agriculture. Be sure to go read her blog – Buzzard’s Beat where she often shares some great meaty recipes from Kansas.
  7. Farm and Dairy covers several great stories from the agriculture community. In 2013, Selfie was the word of the year. Around the holidays, just as I was returning home to Montana, I noticed several farmers using the #felfie to join in on the trend. Farm and Dairy Staff helped me cover the story and it turned into a great bit of fun last January. Be sure to go read the Farm and Dairy Felfie story.
  8. MN Farm Living is a blog by Wanda Patsche from Minnesota. She has a blog post addressing several myths about Genetically Modified Organisms. Wanda linked to my perspective on GMO crops, which remains popular today. Be sure to go read a mom’s perspective on GMO foods.
  9. Gilmer Dairy Farm is owned and operated by Will Gilmer and his family in Lamar County, Alabama. Will is great fun to follow on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram as @gilmerdairy. Be sure to check out the Gilmer Dairy Farm Blog.
  10. AgWeb.com had to join in on one of the hottest agriculture social media events of the year as Muck Boots stepped in quite a mess. Ben Potter linked to my perspective on the Muck Boots story. Be sure to read his review of Muck Boots’ muck on AgWeb.

How did you find my blog site?

If you have joined this year, WELCOME! I’m grateful you are hear and can’t wait for 2015! My next blog post will take a walk through the most popular clicks by visitors to this blog during the past year. There’s plenty of content to go through, stemming back to 2009. Then, we’ll take a look at 2014’s most popular search engine terms that lead to my site. People sure do search for some interesting topics… Stay tuned!

Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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