Orleans Hub had nearly 10 million pageviews in 2019

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 January 2020 at 11:45 am

News site breaks previous high by about 1 million pageviews

Photo by Tom Rivers: Members of the National Guard are shown stacking sandbags on June 2 by houses on Park Road in Carlton. The high Lake Ontario water levels caused flooding and erosion damage in 2019.

Orleans Hub had a record year for traffic in 2019, growing by about 1 million pageviews from 8,467,818 in 2018 to 9,556,253 last year.

We seemed to have plateaued before last year. We had 8,553,605 pageviews in 2017 and 8,334,946 in 2016.

Last year there were several heart-wrenching tragedies in the community, as well as other big stories with the flooding at Lake Ontario, business openings and some hotly contested local elections.

Overall, we posted 3,721 articles and 5,800 photos in 2019. That is more than 10 articles a day on average throughout the year.

Prior to this year we never topped 800,000 pageviews in a month. In 2019, we were over 800,000 for five months, including a high of 875,006 in October.

These are the 10 most-viewed articles for 2019:

1. Albion high school senior killed in car accident

2. Sheriff’s office identifies 2 people, both in early 20s, killed in car accident

3. Brennan Moody, star of school musicals, dies in Albion car accident

4. Motorcyclist killed in Albion accident on Brown Road

5. 2 people killed in accident this morning on 104 in Gaines

6. 6 injured in accident at one of Albion’s most notorious intersections

7.  Loss of Albion student leaves community devastated

8. Albion man charged with reckless endangerment following death of infant

9. Albion mother and son killed in car accident in Elba on Saturday

10. Albion man arrested for sale of fentanyl and cocaine in Orleans County

We also posted 286 letters to the editor in 2019. A letter from the brother of Richard Murray was by far the most viewed letter. Richard Murray was known in the Albion community for collecting bottles and cans. His brother thanked the Albion community and human services agencies for showing Murray kindness and respect – Family appreciates kindness shown to Albion man, who was well known for collecting cans and bottles.

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