The VT KnowledgeWorks Blog – Top Ten Posts from Its First Three Years

From Anne Giles Clelland, founder of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, the VT KnowledgeWorks blog, will celebrate its fourth anniversary on November 30, 2011.

A Handshake 2.0 Top Ten ListNine months after starting the VTKW blog in 2007, I became a member of VT KnowledgeWorks, founded Handshake Media, Incorporated, and launched Handshake 2.0.  From three years of work on Handshake 2.0, I drew these three conclusions about creating online content.

In order, according to Google Analytics, here are the VT KnowledgeWorks blog's posts with the top traffic in its first three years, 2008-2010:

Media Fragmentation and What To Do About It, April 2009

Portaqua – Changing Lives at the First Drop, March 2009

We've Got a Company – ContraVAC, March 2009

Guide to the VTKW Global Student Challenge Teams, August 2010

EnergyWare – Pairing Up Green Computing and Business Results, April 2009

In the High-Tech New River Valley, They Are the Power Women, January 2009

Company Number Three – Health Diagnostic Laboratory, March 2009

Meet the VTKW Global Student Challenge Teams – Artbeating, August 2010

International Student Team of Entrepreneurs to Arrive at VT KnowledgeWorks, September 2009 

Breakthrough Communication Manager to Be Unveiled at VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, March 2009

From four years of working on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, I'll offer an observation:

When we started the blog in 2008, the top source of traffic was "direct" i.e. people knew of the blog and typed in the URL or clicked on a link in an email. Four years later, the top source of traffic is Google. I posit two reasons. One, "Google" wasn't a verb in 2007 but it is now – we all "Google it" to find what we seek. Two, from the beginning, for the VT KnowledgeWorks blog we've wanted what Google wants, "high-quality sites – sites with original content and information."  Locally, nationally and globally, those seeking solutions to problems and answers to questions are finding them on the VTKW blog. 

I'll share more top tens and more observations as we approach the VT KnowledgeWorks blog's fourth anniversary on November 30, 2011.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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