Article performance is always interesting. Not only does it affect how much Yahoo! pays me, but it's also interesting to see what does well and what doesn't. It's a perpetual learning process. I don't know how many times I've told the Mrs. that it seems like the articles that I just slap together in a short period of time go through the roof on page views, while the ones I pour my heart and soul into for hours before publishing go over like a lead balloon.
Nevertheless, with Yahoo!'s new system, I can see quite easily what my top performers have been in my year-plus with Y!CN. Not surprisingly, sports articles dominate. Among my Top Ten, four are about fantasy football--a topic about which articles always score big for me. Since they were specific to particular weeks of the fantasy football season and no longer interesting or relevant, I'll omit them from this list.
10. Chuck Pagano a good choice for the Indianapolis Colts. 16,479 page views. Just putting my two cents out there about the hiring of the new Colts head coach. Never thought that over 16,000 people would care.
9. Five super restaurants in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. 17,335 page views. Big props to the Mrs., who helped me a ton on this one with her knowledge of downtown restaurants. This article was an assignment from Yahoo! Sports.
8. Colts say good-bye to 10 more coaches. 17,413 page views. Seemed like kind of a routine article to me, but it took off.
7. Why Mike Sherman's departure from Texas A&M makes sense. 20,399 page views. This one still surprises me, since most of my A&M articles tank unless I attract the SEC sharks with the title.
6. Super Bowl XLVI lodging in Indiana. 21,120 page views. Sometimes, some of the most boring articles to write are the ones that perform the best. This one was part of my temporary Super Bowl XLVI assignment.
5. Super Bowl XLVI activities in suburban Indianapolis. 22,083 page views. I was tickled pink that this one took off because it was about my home county. It was also part of my temporary Super Bowl XLVI assignment.
4. Terrell Owens to play football in Dallas again. 22,794 page views. Well, of course the title is somewhat misleading. Owens is playing indoor football in Allen, Tex., not suiting up for the Cowboys. Nevertheless, readers seem to enjoy reading about T.O.'s fall from grace.
3. Ten Super Bowl Trivia Fun Facts. 33,726 page views. I just threw this one together one afternoon prior to Super Bowl XLVI when I was bored. It figures that it would become my third-best all-time performer. Once again, part of my temporary Super Bowl XLVI assignment.
2. Peyton Manning Rumors Swirling at Nauseating Rate. 42,326 page views. Nothing like touching the Peyton Manning nerve to set off page views and to fill my e-mailbox and Twitter account with hate mail from Manning worshippers.
And the number one performer of all-time (so far):
1. Super Bowl XLVI football holds special meaning. 47,240 page views. Yet another one of my temporary Super Bowl XLVI temporary assignment articles. I almost didn't write this one. It was Super Bowl Sunday, just a few hours before kickoff, and I was absolutely exhausted after overdosing on Super Bowl coverage for the 10 days prior. But a representative from Wilson had gone out of his way to contact me, and he had given me a bunch of interesting information about the ball and how it's made, so I hated to let that all go to waste. So I sucked it up and wrote it. It's the type of article that I'd find interesting, but the Mrs. rolls her eyes at stuff like this, so I figured it would bomb. Instead, it shattered my previous performance record (the Peyton Manning article was written after this one). Unreal.
Aside from the Mike Sherman article, all of these top performing articles were written within about a month. My monthly performance payment from Yahoo! was quite nice, to say the least, and it allowed me to give back to my community in a couple of different ways, so that made me feel good, too.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, my top-performing non-sports article--not that I write many of those for Yahoo!--is Transferring Probation from One State to Another. I wrote that one over a year ago, right when I first started with Y!CN, and it's considered "evergreen." It's an article that remains relevant over the course of time, as opposed to articles like a summary of the Colts' last game. In just under 14 months, it has garnered 1,568 page views.
This is why I stick primarily to sports articles. HA!