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Which of My Articles Get Read More Than Others

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

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Over the last two decades, I have been a writer on several writing sites. Over the years, I have written over 5,000 articles. I am amazed that some articles get read more often than others. I admit I know why some of my articles have had thousands of readers and other articles have had less than a hundred readers.

I don't know all the reasons, but I have discovered some reasons that might be helpful to others.

Depends on the Site

It depends on the site you are writing for. Every site has its own rules. Articles that adhere to the rules get pushed through by the site. Writers who make up their own rules don't get the readers they would like to get. So, rule number one is to stick to the rules and don't go out on a limb and do what you want to do.

I have written for at least three sites at one time. Every time I have to remember certain rules. For example, not all sites use the APA writing style. That means that all major words must be capitalized in the headline. Another site might not have that requirement.

Since I am posting this article on HubPages, I will focus only on what I have discovered about this particular writing site. The numbers change every day. At the time of this writing, my articles have been read 3,043,521 times.

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My Top Articles

ArticlesNumber of ReadersDate PublishedLast Updated

Bell Peppers: Differences Between Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red

273,826

02/04/17

02/21/20

Four Baldwin Brothers Are Actors: Alec, Daniel, William, and Stephen

175,786

10/22/18

02/22/20

Why Birthdays Should Be Celebrated: A Christian Perspective

134,086

09/13/16

07/27/20

In the table above, you can see that there is a 100,000 difference between the most read article and the second most-read article. Even though they were written years apart, they are still at the top of my list of articles.

The bell peppers article gets between 700 and 1,200 readers on some days. One would think that over the years, most people would have already read the article or are not interested in reading it.

I can understand why the second-highest article has been read so many times. It is because if people google any one of the four Baldwin brothers, the article will show up in their search.

Reality Shows

Reality ShowPage ViewsPublishedLast Updated

'Dancing with the Stars': How Much Everyone Is Paid

118,414

09/15/16

08/25/20

'Big Brother': How Much Do Houseguests Get Paid?

70,896

02/05/19

09/09/19

You can see in the table above that reality shows are not about the short-lived episodes. The ones that receive a significant number of page views are the ones that answer a question even when the show is not on the air.

Foods

ArticlesReadersPublication DateLast Updated

Mayonnaise vs. Miracle Whip: The Differences

80,102

05/02/18

09/07/20

Why Carrots Are Different Colors & Fun Facts

21,703

02/15/19

02/23/20

23 Foods You Can Eat After Their Expiration Dates

13,532

03/02/19

01/06/20

Bread and Its Spiritual Significance

11,309

03/09/18

08/21/20

How You Like Your Eggs Cooked Reveals a Lot About You

11,282

10/05/17

12/12/18

Three Parts of a Chicken Wing

8,137

07/17/19

08/21/20

The articles about foods listed above are evergreen. The information doesn't change over the years.

The Royals

ArticlesReadersPublication DateLast Updated

Queen Elizabeth Has Legal Custody of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

9,727

07/1/19

09/13/20

Queen Elizabeth: Fun Facts About Her Wardrobe

8,122

02/18/19

10/03/19

Reason Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, Wears Shoes That Are Too Big for Her Feet

7,743

06/26/18

09/05/19

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Baby Rules

7,585

07/21/18

05/11/19

8 Surprising Things Queen Elizabeth Carries in Her Handbag

7,126

02/02/19

08/22/19

There is always something interesting to write about the royal family, especially Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Those articles always invite readers.

Diabetic Articles

ArticlesReadersPublication DateLast Updated

Diabetics: 2 Quick Ways to Get Sugar Out of Your Bloodstream

65,341

07/29/16

02/23/20

Diabetics: Peanut Butter Can Lower Blood Sugar Level

50,565

03/01/12

12/14/19

Diabetics Should Eat Foods in a Certain Order for a Lower Blood Sugar Reading

5,017

07/28/16

03/02/21

The above articles were written for a special group of people. However, the group is big that includes over 34.2 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disease. That's more than 1 in every 10 adults. Also, over 88 million American adults have prediabetes. That's approximately 1 in every 3 adults.

Diabetics have gotten good information from reading the articles. I should write more articles in that category.

Church Articles

ArticleReadersPublication DateLast Updated

Why You Should Not Leave a Church Service Before the Benediction

70,924

09/10/17

02/22/20

Largest Churches in America and How They Grew so Quickly

53,408

11/09/17

02/08/19

Reasons Faithful Members Leave the Church

37,882

01/26/17

12/08/20

Even though everybody does not attend a church, they like to read about churches. Of course, churchgoers like to read about churches also.

Television Series

ArticlesReadersPublication DateLast Updated

'Greenleaf' Season 4 Finale Cliffhangers

83,082

11/09/19

09/30/20

'The Handmaid's Tale': Meaning Behind the Colors the Women Wear

57,903

07/09/19

09/20/20

Greenleaf': Interesting Things People Don't Know About the Series

39,983

10/28/18

06/28/20

My evergreen articles are being searched whenever a new season of a popular television show airs. Even though the article is not new, people click on it and read it anyway.

Seasonal Articles

People click on some articles I wrote years ago. They read about Christmas songs, the Lenten Season, the Advent Season, etc. That information doesn't change over time. Therefore, the articles have gotten additional readers over the years.

My Lowest Read Articles

I have discovered that writing about the deaths of celebrities and prominent people is not worth it for me. I have written about the deaths of Whitney Houston, her daughter Bobbie Christine Brown, Billy Graham, Aretha Franklin, Alex Trebek, and others. All of those articles had fewer than100 readers.

I think it was because so many others writing the same things much quicker. News outlets and publications already have a file on prominent people. When they die, the publication needs only a limited amount of information to be inserted in the articles before they are published. By the time my article is published about the death, most people already know about it.

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I love writing, and I write only what I am interested in. It becomes a chore to write about something I am not compassionate about even though the articles might get more readers.

I am very satisfied with my writing career. Therefore, I'll keep writing as long as I have some interesting to write about. And that is always!

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on March 05, 2021:

This is a very interesting bit of research. I have no where near that number of articles written but your analysis of the different topics is very useful for anyone thinking of writing in a particular topic.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 04, 2021:

It's not just Alyssa and I who will learn and benefit from your article. This article is lantern for many writers especially who are new in the world of wrting. Thank you.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 04, 2021:

gyanendra mocktan and Alyssa, thanks so much for reading my article. I monitor my dashboard several times a day to see which articles are being read. I have discovered which categories my readers gravitate to and which ones they don't.

Hopefully, my article will help both of you succeed in writing and publishing your articles.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 04, 2021:

A very informative analysis! I like how you broke it all down into categories and took a look at what was performing well vs not so well. It's always a good idea to reflect.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 03, 2021:

Thank you very much for twi decades of experience on writing articles on the sites. This artucle is an eye opener for the writer like me and upcoming ones.

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