20 most-viewed ChicagoNow posts - July 15-21

1. Show Me Chicago - Chicago's Summer 2012: Festivals and Events Calendar.
2. Chicago Sports Guru - Patrick Kane's Cinco de Mayo Party Photos (passed out at UW)
3. Chicago Bulls Confidential - The case for caution
4. Publius Forum - Big Obama Donor, Google's Marissa Mayer to Rake in Millions as New Yahoo! Chief
5. Chicago Sports Media Watch - Danica Patrick prepares for Chicagoland Speedway Homecoming (interview)
6. Cubs Den - Cubs Den Rumor Thread 7/17: Red Sox not so interested in Dempster after all? Braves want top of rotation guys
7. Cubs Den - Cubs Den Rumor Thread 7/20: Dodgers won't make "blockbuster"; Johnson, Baker also drawing interest
8. Chicago Bulls Confidential - The case for and against O.J. Mayo
9. Chicago Bulls Confidential - Korver trade completed, will the Bulls use the trade exception?
10. The Chicago Sports Guys - Making sense of the Kyle Korver trade
11. The Vast Wasteland - Breaking Bad: "Live Free or Die" - Fatal Attraction?
12. Fanning The Flames Since 1978 - The curious case of Dorothy Tillman and an intern with an opinion
13. The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor - James Holmes and Aurora massacre: Why?
14. Good and Bad Parents - Colorado Shooting Reveals The Nominee For Worst Father Of The Year
15. Publius Forum - Brian Ross of ABC 'News' Politicizes Colorado Shooting, Illicitly Blames Tea Party
16. Your Doubting Thomas - What blame does Black America have in Chicago’s rising murder rate?
17. Moms Who Drink and Swear - How to be a worry free mom
18. Wendy @ Families In The Loop - Posing Nude: A Sad Day For Female Athletes Everywhere, Courtesy of ESPN
19. Chicago Bulls Confidential - Bulls sign Vladimir Radmanovic, finally set to get offersheet, and a look at their cap situation
20. Show Me Chicago - Chicago Summer Festivals and Events July 19 to July 22, 2012: From Race to Mackinac to the Taste of River North.

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  • I've got the feeling that some bloggers are cross clicking one another; some of these wouldn't catch any outsider's interest. Certainly not mine.

  • In reply to jack:

    That doesn't make any sense, Jack. These blogs are pretty much all on popular topics or topics that were in the news: Cubs, Bulls, politics, Colorado shooting.

    Not sure what you mean by the word "outsider" either.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Outsider=someone who does not blog on Chicago Now. Like me.

    publius may be on politics, but does anyone really want to read either his republication of press releases from the Tea Party or rants about "left wing fascists" and "haters of religion," for instance? Yet he has two ranked here.

    That's what I mean about cross clicking.

  • In reply to jack:

    About 99.99 percent of our page views come from outsiders.

    There is something called SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization. This means that when someone Google's a very popular phrase or name it will find posts with that phrase or name, most likely if they're in the headline.

    The Publius Forum posts had the phrases "Colorado Shooting," "Marissa Mayer," "Tea Party," "Brian Ross," and "Obama" in them. This is why the traffic to those posts were so high last week.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    In short, you are saying that so long as Google indexes the terms, it gets traffic, regardless of the merit of the post?

    I suppose there aren't. then, that many entering Chicago Now directly, and possibly assume that many, after entering that way, aren't leaving satisfied.

    On the other hand, I generally browse the right pane, but there are now certain places where I don't click.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    On the other hand, District 299 gets all sorts of comments from district299 reader Numbers 1-2783, but apparently that doesn't get it on this most viewed list. Not that I agree with most of the comments, but it looks like someone is reading that.

  • In reply to jack:

    You're right, District 299 is one of our most widely-read blogs. The top post for D299 this week was 24th overall so it just missed.

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