Weekly Links – 12 Week Report

Since November 18th, there have now been 12 weekly links articles since re-starting the initiative (if you can call it that) and this time I’ve been keeping track of the stats relating to the articles, in order to provide content that is most relevant and interesting to all of you. I thought I would share some of the information I had gathered.

It should come as no surprise that the most clicked links relate to teaching, Japanese language, and Japanese customs or habits. Presumably, this is because they are, in general, the most relevant topics to JETs. Cooking, especially specific recipes, is also a generally popular topic. Since the initial idea behind providing the links was to provide information, ideas, and advice from a wide variety of sources and experiences, I am pleased with those results.

Approximately 22.9% (67 of 293) of the links over the 12 week period have gone ‘unclicked’. However, this is largely due to especially high rates in the first few weeks. For example, 38.1% of Week 1’s links went unclicked. However, the last four weeks (8-12) have an average that is slightly lower than overall average and so I assume that article selection has gotten better, overall, but it still can be improved. The number of unclicked links varies by week – some weeks may only have one or two links without clicks, while some may have upwards of seven or eight.

There appears to be no over-arching pattern with links that go unclicked. Broadly, links about business, sports, video games, and art have gotten the fewest clicks overall and links about these subjects form the bulk of the unclicked ones. Videos, I assume due largely to most people looking at the links at work, generally have low-to-no clicks, overall. This is partly why the ‘Video’ section was discontinued after the first week, with videos now appearing in the different sections.

Although this is not a 100% accurate measure due to the fact that you can click the links from the main page of the blog, the majority of each week’s views come via direct link from Facebook, so I think there is some value to it. The average ratio between views of the links page and clicks on articles is 1.6 across all weeks. This means that, on an average week, a person viewing the article clicks on about 1.6 links. Of course, there are people who do not click on any links each week (if you regularly check but rarely click few links, please provide feedback on the types of articles you would like to see!).  The average ratio has, overall, improved over time; weeks 1-4’s ratio was 1.3 clicks-per-view, 5-8’s ratio was 1.5, and 9-12 was 1.8.

Below you can see a graph for the percentage each section took up of the overall clicks for each week. It is about what you would expect.

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Given the popularity of articles relating to language studying, in coming weeks, I intend to experiment with a Japanese language section to see if there is interest in native Japanese content. If, after 4 weeks, it fails to gather much traction I’ll quietly discontinue, or perhaps rethink, the section. The majority of articles I post are ones that I would be reading regardless of whether they’re posted, so it is not a time burden.

Top 10 Most Clicked Links: 

  1. 10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Furnishing My Apartment
  2. 10 Cringe-worthy Habits Of English-Speaking Japanese People
  3. Fake It Till You Make It: How I Translate Professionally With Imperfect Japanese
  4. 4 Reasons Foreigners Don’t Talk To Other Foreigners In Japanese
  5. What You Need To Know Before Arguing With Japanese People
  6. 5 Japanese Customs Japanese People Think Are A Pain
  7. How To Avoid The Two Biggest Mistakes That Almost All Language Learners Seem To Make
  8. 8 Little Things You Can Do To Improve Your Japanese
  9. Boy Hangs Himself In Toyama High School
  10. Bathroom/Restroom Habits of Japanese People

Most Clicked Links Per Week: 

Week 1: 

  1. Fake It Till You Make It: How I Translate Professionally With Imperfect Japanese
  2. Wrong About Japan & Sex
  3. 10 Creative Ways To Teach English 5 Fun Ways To Improve Your Fluency In Japanese

Week 2: 

  1. How To Avoid The Two Biggest Mistakes That Almost All Language Learners Seem To Make
  2. Secrets Behind 10 Japanese Food Pairings
  3. Lets Talk About Japanese Cram School = 5 Reasons You’re Not Improving As Fast As You Want

Week 3: 

  1. 7 Things That Surprise Japanese People Working In Foreign Offices
  2. The Top 3 Japanese Memes of 2013
  3. Hokuto City Has An “Interesting” New Mascot

Week 4: 

  1. Children Threatened With Death if School Doesn’t Cancel Their ‘Bounenkai’ = Why Do So Many Spouses In Japan Sleep In Separate Beds?
  2. Visiting Japanese Schools or How To Be A Rockstar In Japan

Week 5: 

  1. 8 Little Things You Can Do To Improve Your Japanese
  2. 2013′s Official Kanji Has Been Chosen!
  3. Many Japanese University Freshman Don’t Know Basic Astronomy FactsThis Is Why I’ll Never Be An Adult

Week 6: 

  1. 10 Cringe-worthy Habits Of English-Speaking Japanese People
  2. Office Annoyances In Japan You Just Can’t Talk About
  3. Woman Arrested For Leaving Daughter Naked On BalconyWhat Japanese People Love About JapanWhat I Talk About When I Talk About Konbini

Week 7: 

  1. 4 Reasons Foreigners Don’t Talk To Other Foreigners In Japanese
  2. Boy Hangs Himself In Toyama High School
  3. 30 Most Meanest Notes From KidsThings Japanese Women Love (And Hate) About Foreign MenReasons Why Japanese People Might Be Bad At English

Week 8: 

  1. Lost In Translation is Lost With Or Without Translation5 Types of Employees You’ll Unfortunately Find At Every Job
  2. Katakana Words Japanese People Don’t Realise Aren’t English

Week 9: 

  1. 10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Furnishing My Apartment
  2. Bathroom/Restroom Habits of Japanese People
  3. 5 Mistakes People Make When Learning KanjiInter-racial Parents Look Overseas For High School Education

Week 10: 

  1. Japanese People’s Cinema Going Habits
  2. Under-age Drinking In Japan Might Be About To Get Easier
  3. Penguin In Love With A Human Caretaker At Matsue Vogel Park

Week 11: 

  1. What You Need To Know Before Arguing With Japanese People
  2. The Pitfalls of Addressing Foreigners In The Workplace
  3. 2020 Olympic Chairman Blasts Figure Skater Mao AsadaThings Japanese Girlfriends Say That Kill Thoughts of Marriage

Week 12: 

  1. 5 Japanese Customs Japanese People Think Are A Pain
  2. What I’ve Learned About Cooking Since Moving To Japan
  3. Top Most Disappointing North American Tourist Sites For Japanese People 5 Tips For Making Your Classes Addictive As A Game

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