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2009 in review

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Wow, it is hard to believe that it is the last day of 2009…where did the year go? The year’s end is a good time to take a look at Google Analytics and see what has been happening with the blog this past year. Almost 750,000 people visited Bicycle Design in 2009 from 204 different countries and territories. Nearly half of those visitors came from Google (with “bicycle design” as the top keywords by a large margin). Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and the other search engines also sent quite a few people to the site.

Not including search engines and social media sites, I want to recognize and thank the top 15 sites that referred traffic to Bicycle Design in 2009. In order, they were:

1. BentRider Online
2. Fat Cyclist
3. miBrujula (that one was a bit of a surprise to me)
4. Treehugger
5. Cyclelicious
6. Engadget
7. Vintage Cannondale
8. Bike Commuters
9. Urban Velo
10. London Cyclist
11. Bike Hacks
12. Bike Hugger
13. Rocbike
14. Cozy Beehive
15. Core 77

A few of the most visited posts in 2009 surprised me a little. Quite a few of these are older than this year, but the list is based on page views in the last 12 months. Again in order, they are:

1. Finalists in the commuter bike competition
2. Aluminum vs. carbon fiber vs. titanium
3. We have a winner!
4. A belt drive singlespeed
5. “Commuter bike for the masses” design competition
6. Create your own mutant bike
7. Top tube pads
8. Track bike or fixie
9. E-hub
10. Skua
11. Strida 5.0 review
12. Homemade carbon fiber bikes
13. A 7 pound road bike
14. Hubless wheels
15. Chrome Metropolis bag review

The stats don’t tell the whole story though, so I will just say in summary that 2009 was a great year for Bicycle Design. 2010 will bring a big change for the blog…one that I think will make it much better, so I hope you will all continue to follow along. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Photo credit: A elderly gent riding his penny farthing at the London New Years Day Parade 2008 by Swamibu on Flickr.

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  1. Ron December 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    That's a great idea, doing a review of the year's post. Let's hope 2010 has some promises in terms of viable bicycle designs and supportive infrastructures. Now is a time more important than any time in history due to the major trio headaches of climate,energy and population crises. While cycling is not the only way to avoid exacerbating the problems we have, its one in a list of possible solutions – E-bikes, pedal bikes, fuel efficient cars, better and cleaner mass transit systems..

    Let's also hope for lesser bike thieves as well.

  2. GhostRider December 31, 2009 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    James, we're always happy to send traffic your way — your content is totally worth the visit and our readers at really appreciate your take on the art and science of Bicycle Design.

    Here's to an even more successful 2010!!!

    Jack Sweeney
    "Ghost Rider"

  3. Yokota Fritz January 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hey James, a Happy New Year to you!

    I took a similar look at my analytics. I was a little disappointed at my top posts for 2009. My #1 page, for example, is titled "Kirsten Gum Non Nude." Other top pages are information on how to bypass country restrictions for streaming video. Ah well. Maybe for 2010 I'll post instructions on defeating red light cameras, not that I would ever pander, nosiree.

  4. Yokota Fritz January 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    I forgot to mention: Outside of the search engines and social media sites, Bicycle Design is my #1 referrer. Thank you always for the link love!

    Now I need to see how I can get some attention from miBrujula…

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