Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy First Blogiversary to the Scottish Emigration Blog

One year ago today, 11 June 2010, I published the first post for the Scottish Emigration Blog. I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping to make this past blogging year a success. I could have done it without you, but it wouldn't have been any fun.

I thought a fitting blogiversary post would be a collection of statistics. Blogger began collecting stats in August 2010 two months after I started the bog. During these early days, however, I was related most of the five people who read the blog, so the stats will not be greatly impacted by two missing months.

When they say it's the world wide web - they really mean it!  Readers came to The Scottish Emigration Blog from 45 countries. I've listed the countries in alphabetical order, those with an aserisk* are in the top ten.
  1. Argentina
  2. Australia*
  3. Austria
  4. Brazil
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Canada*
  8. Chile
  9. China
  10. Colombia
  11. Croatia
  12. Denmark
  13. Finland
  14. France
  15. Germany*
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. India
  19. Indonesia
  20. Iran
  21. Ireland
  22. Israel
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Latvia
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Malaysia
  28. Moldavia
  29. Myanmar (Burma)
  30. New Zealand*
  31. Netherlands*
  32. Nigeria
  33. Pakistan
  34. Poland
  35. Russia*
  36. Slovenia*
  37. South Africa
  38. South Korea*
  39. Sri Lanka
  40. Sweden
  41. Switzerland
  42. Taiwan
  43. Ukraine
  44. United Kingdom*
  45. United States*
 The ten most popular posts, in order, from the past year were: 
  1. Scots in Delaware County, New York
  2. The Scots: A Genetic Journey in the Scotsman and Episode 3 on the Radio
  3. The Hector, 1773 and 2008
  4. Scottish Emigration Reading List, part one
  5. Scottish Ancestors in Scandinavia
  6. Conference: Celts in the America, June 2011
  7. Scottish Emigration Reading List, part two
  8. The Scots: A Genetic Journey - History program from BBC Scotland
  9. Donald Whyte and A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants
  10. Transported from Scotland to the Americas in the 1650s
The ten most popular search keywords were:
  2. cvsyx5rsb4ab (nb. I think this is the code Technorati told me to hide in the blog, but then they told me it wasn't a blog, so they wouldn't index it on their site. A pox on Technorati.)
  3. "john and sarah" scottish prisoner
  4. celts in the americas 2011
  5. erik andersson kiorbiauw
  6. scottish emigration
  7. "essays on northeastern north america, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries"
  8. amanda e. epperson
  9. and biographical sketches
Of course popular is a relative term as the keywords in the number one spot only brought eight people to the blog.

And finally, for the past year if one searched for "scottish emigration" on Bing or Yahoo, The Scottish Emigration Blog appeared on the first page of the results. However, on Google, it didn't appear until about page seven. I checked yesterday, June 10th, and the blog now appears on page two! I know, it's not as great as the first page, but it is a vast improvement over page seven.

Thanks again for the blog reading, following and subscribing! If you haven't yet subscribed please do. I look forward to having each of you join me as The Scottish Emigration Blog embarks on a second successful year. 

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Geniaus said...


Congrats on your blogiversary. I'm pleased to see Australia in your list of top ten countries visiting.

Keep up the good work and we'll keep coming back.

I'd love to profile you on - please email me at if you are able.


PalmsRV said...

Congratulations from Cathy in the USA.

~Tracie~ said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Greta Koehl said...

Happy Blogoversary! You've accomplished a lot for just one year!

Amanda E. Epperson said...

Jill, Cathy, Tracie & Greta - thanks for wishes. I really appreciate it! Amanda

BDM said...

Yes, congratulations on a great blog for family historians and researchers of all things Scottish!
- Brenda

Amanda E. Epperson said...

Thanks for the wishes and the compliments Brenda!


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