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Top 20 Donklephant Posts Of 2008

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I’m “borrowing” this idea from Political Wire, but I’m also increasing the number of posts and showing you the page views each one had.

  1. Fred Phelps Going Down? – 34,386
  2. You Won’t Believe What Michael Phelps Eats Everyday – 25,592
  3. Eat! Eat! Eat! & Always Stay Thin! With Tape Worms! – – 23,228
  4. Kop Busters – 21,054
  5. Hillary’s Team Demands Obama Release His Tax Returns – 19,004
  6. New Yorker Cover Clearly Satire – 17,964
  7. Supreme Court To Review Obama’s Citizenship – 17,425
  8. From The Department Of “ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!” – 15,822
  9. Bill Clinton Nods Off During MLK Tribute Speech – 15,634
  10. Does Constitution Bar Hillary From Becoming Sec of State? – 14,894
  11. CBS Snap Debate Poll: Obama 39%, McCain 27% – 13,756
  12. Bush Congratulates Obama On Securing The Nomination – 12,962
  13. Clinton Camp Accuses Obama Of Plagiarism – 11,962
  14. NORAD Tracking Santa – 10,875
  15. Clinton Claims She Didn’t Say McCain More Qualified Than Obama – 10,144
  16. Sarah Palin’s 1,100+ Secret Emails – 9,771
  17. Patton Oswalt Delivers the Goods as Graduation Speaker – 9,634
  18. Final: Iraq Had No Links To Al Qaeda – 9,259
  19. Quote Of The Day From Schwarzenegger – 9,127
  20. Sign Of The Times? Anti-Obama Billboard In Missouri – 9,117

The “lesson learned” from all of this?

Even though Donklephant is clearly a political blog 99% of the time, it’s interesting to note that non-political posts can be wildly popular too. Because notice that only 1 of the top 5 posts of the year was about the political horse race. Sure, the Fred Phelps and Kop Busters posts are about political topics, but they have little to do with the biggest narrative of 2008: the election.

Also, these top 20 posts last year grabbed 311,610 page views. That’s about 15% of our total traffic for the year. So more doesn’t always mean better, although I do find that posting more results in more of these big traffic posts. Because you never know what’s going to hit.

Just some food for thought for you bloggers out there.