MoreSplashHits is back in the Top 50 of MLB Fan Blogs, and I guess we thank Tim Lincecum’s haircut for that.
MoreSplashHits came in at No. 46 among MLB fan blog in April. It’s the third time we’ve manage to work our way into the top 50. But there’s a funny explanation about that.
When we started this blog back in the postseason following the 2009 season, we really had no idea what we were doing in terms of generating page views. Nor did we really care.
The blog was more a cathartic process to vent about the Giants. Eventually, we began to share it with friends and fellow G-men fans in the Pacific Northwest.
Then after generating some page views amid the Giants’ run to the 2010 World Series championship, we began to go to work at getting this blog listed among the top 50 in a month and hopefully work toward making it a top 100 blog.
That work eventually paid off by making it into the Top 50 at No. 50 in February 2011. We moved up to No. 44 in March 2011.
We got derailed a bit in April, but then looked to regroup in May when MLBlogs transferred to the WordPress platform.
OK, so we switched the blog to WordPress, which offered some cool new templates. MoreSplashHits chose a design in which we incorporated a photo of the 2010 World Series celebration as the blog banner and used photos for a nice look, then went back to work blogging.
Page views started going up, yet MoreSplashHits could not work its way back into the Top 50. Hmmm. Puzzling.
Then the answer came in March 2012, when we noticed this disclaimer on mlblogs.com
“Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.”
So after deciding that getting back into the Top 50 was more important than a cool layout, we switched back to our current theme.
The switch likely came too late to make it into the March Top 50, so we’re excited about making the April Top 50.
But it’s always interesting to see what posts generate the most traffic. Our biggest day in April came when we blogged about Tim Lincecum’s haircut prior to his second start of the season. That post generated more than 800 page views IN ONE DAY.
In past years, that would be a good month.
Now that we’re back in the Top 50, we look to stay there in May, maybe even more up from our No. 46 position.
Maybe we could convince Brian Wilson to shave his beard.