2016 was dominated by the US presidential election, additional terrorism in Europe, and a United Nations that continued to attack the Jewish State. Readership interest in FirstOneThrough continued to grow.
FirstOneThrough published 133 articles in 2016, down from the 2015 total of 151 articles. Despite the fewer posts, the number of visitors jumped by 35% year-over-year.
Israel and the United States continued to lead the readership, accounting for 70% of the views overall, down from 73% in 2015. The drop was due to the readership in Israel being flat, while readership around the world grew. Visitor growth from English-speaking countries was significant: Canada (+49%); United Kingdom (+46%); Australia (+14%) and South Africa (+125%). Overall, readership from those countries jumped to 18% of the total, up from 15% in 2015. Other countries that also saw an increase in viewership included: Netherlands; France; Germany; Sweden; Norway; and Brazil. Brazil saw the greatest increase year-over-year, jumping 167%.
The most popular stories of 2016 were:
In 2016, Facebook became an even more important source of viewers, jumping to 60% of referrers from 46% in 2015. Search, The Jewish Press and Twitter continued to be the next important sources, but Facebook did not take share from any of those categories, as much as other referral sites.
Some of the global sites that have linked to the FirstOneThrough blog include:
Document.no also used information with properly sourcing FirstOneThrough
CAMERA (not used properly as not sourced to FirstOneThrough)
The Israel Forever Foundation
The Truth About Guns
Watching Over Zion
DusIzNies (not used properly as not sourced to FirstOneThrough)
Exposing Modern Mugwumps
Please continue to encourage others to join the blog.
Wishing you a wonderful 2017.