Who’s Reading the News

Have you ever wondered about visitors to our state website? We do. We keep a eye on who comes to visit, how often, and if they are a first time visitor. This tells us how well we are doing serving the Department and members of our posts. We publish Veterans of Foreign Wars national, state, and local news to put a face on the many veterans serving North Carolina.

We are happy to report that we are getting a lot of visitors. We are rapidly becoming a “go to” resource for news media and people in your town looking for information on post events and patriotic events. Memorial Day saw almost 2,700 page views and over 2,300 unique visitors! Unique visitors are visitors for the first time.  No other VFW Department website is coming even close to matching our traffic.

Your local newspaper, network news, and cable news stations are visiting our site to see what local posts are doing.  If they find a good news lead or information about an event at your post, they will pick up the phone and call the post.  This is what happened this past weekend with Time Warner Cable News NC-14, when they selected Chapel Hill Post 9100 for a live broadcast.  View television news story

Visits to the state website include not just searches for the Department’s articles, but the many articles contributed by other posts in the state. A Weekend to Remember is a good example.  It is an article on Memorial Day activities by Calabash Post 7288. They wasted no time getting information out about their Memorial Day.  It was published on Memorial Day and well before the morning paper!  View story

In Hayesville, Allison-Bristol Post 6812 joined with other veterans to commemorate Memorial Day.  A local photographer recorded the events and provided a video as a tribute to the veterans.  It was quickly published and is now available to the thousands that visit.  View

Our combined department and local post sites enable us to beat the local papers with timely news stories, many include photos and videos.  And, in those towns where veterans’ events get little coverage, we are often the only source for pictures and stories about a holiday and how the VFW commemorated it.

We applaud the posts who use their weblog to share news, photos, and post events. They are doing a great service to their communities and are what makes our state site Well Read, Well Visited, and the voice to loudly proclaim, THIS IS MY VFW!

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