Another Year of Hirhurim

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Approximately a year ago, I reported a year’s worth of website traffic stats from Google Analytics: link. Some readers expressed surprise that I would reveal these secrets but I see no reason to hide them. It’s time for another year (July 20, 2011-August 7, 2012). Here are some highlights of the past year, showing growth from the previous year:

  • Average weekday* daily unique readers: 1,242 (15% growth from previous year)
  • Average weekend* daily unique readers: 735 (18% growth)
  • Day of the week with most unique readers: Tuesday (averaging 1,334 – 21%)
  • Day of the year with most unique readers: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 – 1,972 unique readers (5%)
  • Day of the year with the 2nd most unique readers: Monday, Feb 27, 2012 – 1,934 unique readers (36%)
  • Week with the most pageviews: Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2012 (41,063 – 7%)

And here are the top 25 posts (excluding news & links) along with unique pageview counts. I think the main lesson is that controversy garners attention, as if we needed data to prove that, and guest posts are the most interesting. Below that are the top referring websites.

Top Posts

RankPostUnique Pageviews
1)Does Modern Orthodoxy Not Believe in Fun?3,413
2)Is This Really Dialogue?3,353
3)The Wrong Changes in Jewish Liturgy3,288
4)The Fanat in the Hat3,224
5)Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach?3,152
6)Three Easy Steps to a Kosher Jesus3,115
7)Blurring Distinctions in Theology, Geology and Paleontology2,948
8)The Chazon Ish vs. Rav Soloveitchik2,532
9)Keep the Conversation Honest2,489
10)Building A Better Siddur2,290
11)Post-Orthodox Gay Marriage2,241
12)Mishna Berura vs. Aruch Hashulchan2,183
13)Women’s Changing Status and Liturgical Reform2,172
14)Defusing the Rav’s Bomb2,164
15)Rav Soloveitchik and R. Meir Kahane2,137
16)Removing Women’s Pictures from Photographs2,114
17)She-lo Asani Isha Revisited, Once Again!2,112
18)Is New Year’s Kosher?2,107
19)Rav Kotler and Rav Soloveitchik2,106
20)Each River and its Channel: Halakhic Attitudes Toward Liturgy2,060
21)The Sound of Silence2,032
22)Charedi Popular Literature2,010
23)Without Da’as, Whence Da’as Torah?2,005
24)Attending the Internet Gathering2,002
25)Singles And A Morally Oriented Judaism1,999

Top Referring Websites

1)Google / organic194,604
4)JI Daily13,281
5)Twitter (@gilstudent)9,339
6)Bing / organic8,573
9)Yahoo / organic3,896
10)Related Posts Widget2,408

* Weekday is defined as Sunday through Thursday, on which nights this blog is generally updated. Weekend is Friday and Saturday, plus Jewish holidays (both days).

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Joseph Kaplan

    What were we talking about on 2/27-2/28?

  2. The Fanat in the Hat and the Mishna Brura vs. Aruch HaShulchan. They don’t seem controversial enough to make the record but I guess they were.

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