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Year in Review: Top Posts for BI Notes Blog 2012

Submitted by on January 2, 2013 – 11:39 am 5 Comments

As the new year begins, I am reviewing the 2012 results for this blog and trying to determine what direction I need to set.  As Greg Ng suggests in his post 2013 Goals. Not Resolutions., I want to keep my attention on the goals that help me stay focused on what I want to accomplish.  Today I am sharing a few of my insights and I’m interested in your feedback.

Where Should I Focus My Efforts?

Last year this blog received over 50,000 visits and well over 100,000 page views. Search engines lead the traffic with generating 47% of the visitors to the site. Social Media and Related sites contributed 14.5% equally.  Dashboard Spy refers the most traffic to the blog. As far as I can tell, there are not at lot of resources available for SAS BI Dashboard information, so I may be the only resource.  Overall, there are a lot of SAS users!

Nearly all social media visitors are from LinkedIn. Makes me wonder if the Social Media outreach is worth the effort. However, I suspect it is how many new visitors learn about the site.  Twitter generates very little traffic, which is kind of strange to me.  Last year I made several new friends from Twitter.  My guess is that many of the readers do not read or follow tweets.  What do you think?

Top 10 SAS BI Posts

Another item to consider – what topics are most popular? BI Dashboard, OLAP Cubes, Enterprise Guide, and Stored Processes were of the most interest.  From this list – I think I need to create more dashboard content. Here are the top 10 most visited posts from 2012:

July 18th had the most page views in one day with the most popular links was about how to get the Twitter followers and lots of interest in the pictures I had from the SAS Professional Forum in the UK.

Other Blogging Adventures

Here’s just some other things that happen as a result of being a blog author:

  • Several times a month someone contacts me asking if I can send a free PDF of Building Business Intelligence with SAS: Content Development Examples book and/or a free copy of the SAS BI software. Sorry fellows, it is illegal in the United States.  Not sure a  prison stint is the career enhancement I’m seeking.  
  • A man contacted me asking for some topics for his master’s thesis.  After I provided him some suggested topics, he replied he did not like any of my ideas.  However, he did add that I could just give him one I had or just write the thesis for him.  I don’t even know where to start on that one <sighs>. 
  • Each month I also receive many nice comments from various readers about what they enjoyed.  Those comments most often come when I am exhausted and do not wish to continue.  Thank you for your inspiration!

Looking forward to 2013

This year I plan to focus on the new SAS Visual Analytics product.  Plus I’m interested in creating more video content.  At first I thought it might be less work, however, when I started video blogging with All Analytics I realized it’s actually more work.  With that said, I do want to create some YouTube content so I can better learn to use the technology.

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Tricia Aanderud

SAS Consultant at Zencos
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has over 10 years of SAS programming experience. Contact her for assistance with your next project.

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  • Divyesh Dave says:

    Tricia: I am ready to volunteer. Please click on my blog (my name is a hypertext link to the blog) to view samples of my articles. I noticed that you like to use a lot of images in your articles. At this point, I have a stand-alone DI Studio program in my laptop which doesn’t point to any relational databases. So, I am not in a position to create any meaningful snapshots to drive points across to a reader. I will have to think of something.

  • Thanks for reading Divyesh! It’s always great to hear from readers.

    I hear you about DI Studio – the problem is that I don’t know how to use it well enough to have any useful tips to pass along. I have looked for guest bloggers with the knowledge but have not had any success. :-(

    Any suggestions from anyone?

  • Divyesh Dave says:

    I am one of your readers who originate from LinkedIn. For 2013, you may wish to incorporate SAS Data Integration Studio on your blog. I use DI Studio on a regular basis and I can tell you there is hardly any mention on it on the Internet except for the sas.com website.

  • Thanks Michelle … I’m still trying to overcome my camera shyness. I can run my mouth a lot until a camera is placed in front me. :-)

  • Interesting to see what your top 10 blog posts were in 2012. I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to “seeing” you in the video blogs this year. Keep up your awesomeness!