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Most-viewed items on NewsOK in October

by Alan Herzberger Modified: February 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm •  Published: October 31, 2011

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a fine time to review the most-viewed content on in October 2011.

Before I go any further, though, I should point out that October was a great month for web traffic on NewsOK, but it didn’t quite break our all-time record. There are a few hours left, but it looks like we will fall just a few hundred thousand page views short of the all-time record-breaking month of September 2011. (It seems like so long ago).

In October, we can thank these fine pieces of content for our strong traffic.

Most-viewed article

Sonya Colberg
Sonya Colberg

Sonya Colberg’s piece about a cancer patient who traded her life so her baby could survive led all our stories in October. The story went viral, mostly being shared through Facebook. It was linked on other national websites like Huffington Post and FoxNews and a multitude of blogs and niche sites, but the greatest traffic was from Facebook.

Frankly, that’s a little surprising. Generally, when a NewsOK story goes viral, it’s aided by national sites and most of the traffic generated for the article comes from that site. But in the case of Sonya’s story, Facebook drove the bulk of the traffic — twice as many referrals as Huffington Post.

It shows that this story really went viral. One person shared with their friends, who shared with their friends, and so on. It deserved the attention, too. Sonya did a great job telling this story.

Most-viewed video:

This one was easy.

Travis Haney
Travis Haney

Second most-viewed story

OU reporter Travis Haney’s piece about Bob Stoops and the  coach’s propensity for misleading media and, therefore, fans about the injury situation of the players on his team.

This story received quite a bit of feedback in our comments section and on social media.

Most-viewed blog post

Berry Tramel’s blog post about the Big 12 Conference realignment news last week led our blogs for the month. West Virginia was invited to the Big 12. Then it wasn’t invited. Then it was invited again.

It made for a good Berry blog.

Most-viewed photo gallery

This really seems like a long time ago. The photo gallery from the OU-Texas football game was our most-viewed photo gallery of the month.

There are 126 photos to look at, so take your time.

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by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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