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With the holidays coming up, this will be one of our last posts of the year in the Integrity HR Human Resources Blog.

We want to make sure we cap off 2010 with a bang by celebrating some of our year’s most successful and helpful articles to our community of human resources and business professionals.

Based on many forms of feedback the articles in this post were absolutely the most helpful of all articles posted in 2010, so if you didn’t get a chance to read them or if you just want a refresher be sure to check them out!

But before getting into the All Star Posts, I’d like to take a moment to highlight what you as a loyal reader of our blog have been part of this year.

Integrity HR Human Resources Blog – The Rise From Nearly Nothing to Now Nationally Recognized

2010 has been an incredible year for the Integrity HR Human Resources Blog. The blog was only a few months old at the beginning of 2010.

Some of our articles only received view counts in the single digits.

It was a little bit frustrating at first continuing to write quality content that didn’t see a lot of eyes, but we continued to write because we knew people needed it, and sure enough things finally took off.

From that point we’ve seen our blog go from just a few readers (mostly the internal Integrity HR staff and a few loyal fans) to now being a local powerhouse as one of the top human resources blogs in the region.

Additionally, we’re gaining a lot of national recognition.

We’re on the second page of Google (and climbing) for the term “human resources blog” and have been used multiple times as a resource for large organizations such as the Bureau of National Affairs.

We’ve also been linked to dozens of times by websites all over the nation and the world.

  • In 2010 our blog was viewed by over 12,000 people in 114 different countries.
  • Since July alone we’ve seen nearly 42,000 page views from nearly 10,000 different people.
  • We’re now averaging over 7,100 page views per month (from all traffic sources) and view counts well into the hundreds for each article posted

This is a long way from our humble beginning of a single digit readership.

As you can see from the graph below our organic search traffic (mostly to blog articles) has risen over 600% in the past year, and you, our community of loyal readers have been a part of it making it all happen.

Note that this is only one source of traffic and only accounts for single hits, not page views.

 

None of this success would be possible without you.

So with all of that said we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for your continuing readership of our blogand for being a part of our growth.

We hope that our articles have been entertaining and informative and that you have been able to use their content for the continuing development of your businesses and organizations.

You have our promise that the content will continue to flow into 2011 and beyond. From the entire Integrity HR Blog Team, we hope that you will continue to read and use the content of the Integrity HR Human Resources Blog for your business and will continue to help us spread the word about ours.

Sincerely,

The Integrity HR Blog Team

Paula Agee
Cody Wheeler
Mitzi Root
Kelly Murphy
Amy Letke

The 2010 Integrity HR Human Resources Blog All Star Posts

Now that you’ve seen what you’ve been a part of this year, let’s take a look back at some of our best posts of the year.

There were a number of factors in choosing our all star posts including backlinks, pageviews, shares, tweets, comments, audience, and good ol’ reader feedback, but any way you measure it, these articles were the ones that stood out the most in the eyes of our readers.

  • Are You Planning the Right Human Resources Projects for 2011? – Yes, this is one of our most recent posts, but it managed to make the All Star List. This post has been active for barely over a week, but it has already amassed nearly 300 views. If you’re not planning these HR projects for 2011, you may be selling yourself short.
  • But I’m Salaried | Top 5 Salary Employment Law Myths – Employees and mangers alike both struggle with what it means to be a salaried employee. This article, having received 822 visits to date, takes complaints from salaried employees and provides straightforward answers directly from the HR Department.
  • Well I’m Just an Assistant | Effect of a Job Title on Productivity – Have you ever sat back and thought about how the job titles you give your employees affect them from a psychological standpoint? Can a poor choice of job title hinder a would-be top performer? This article, having been shared multiple times in social media, and receiving over 230 views in its first few days, explores this question in detail.
  • Fighting the Unemployment Claims Battle | Top 3 Reasons You’re Losing – Unemployment claims are a huge hassle for employers to deal with. This article, with over 550 views to date, shows you why you’re losing the unemployment claims battle, and exactly what to do about it.
  • Top 3 Ways to Motivate Salaried Employees and the One Thing NEVER To Do – When a person gets paid the same no matter how productive they are, it can sometimes be difficult to get them to perform. This article, which has received 711 hits to date, explores a few simple strategies to keep your salaried employees performing at top levels, and also the one thing you’ll NEVER want to do.
  • How to Increase Motivation by Eliminating Demotivating Behaviors – When we talk about motivation, something a lot of managers fail to consider is if they are doing anything to de-motivate their employees. This article, having been shared multiple times on social media, and having received nearly 300 views to date, highlights the top ways managers unknowingly demotivate their employees, and how they can avoid these behaviors.
  • When Bad Attitudes Strike | Handling Employee Relations Issues – Got an employee with a bad attitude? This article, which to date has received 858 unique visits, takes an old school, direct, plain and simple performance management approach to getting that Debbie Downer back on track.
  • Workplace Nanny 101 | When Employees Act Like Children – This was one of our early articles in 2010 before the blog really took off, but it still received a lot of attention. It doesn’t need much explanation. Basically if your employees would rather cause drama than get work done, give this article a look for a few easy-to-implement tips.

The people have spoken. Those are the best articles of 2010 from the Integrity HR Human Resources Blog. If you haven’t read them, you’re missing out.

Thanks again for reading everyone and we look forward to bringing you some great content in 2011.

One last thing before you go, we would love to hear your feedback about our blog. If you have any ideas for posts, any feedback about what we can do to make your experience better, or anything to say at all, just post in the comments sections below. We check them daily.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

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about the author: Amy Letke

Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success.