The Posts That Attract Interest, Part 5

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Last week, my post on the 1987 Mercury Lynx XR3 hatchback coupe went over 1,000 views. The four other 1,000 view posts that have preceded it are on the 1986 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta hatchback coupe, the 1985 Buick Somerset Regal coupe, the 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe, and the 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Sport Hatch.

I have various theories—and almost no real data—about what makes a particular post more popular than others on Eighties Cars. One belief is that the key to the popularity of an individual post is generally the rarity of the other coverage available for that particular vehicle or variant thereof. That theory works for the Sunbird Sport Hatch, the Berlinetta, and the Somerset Regal. It doesn’t work for the Caprice Classic—that’s discussed in another post.

The “rarity of other coverage” theory definitely seems to apply to this sportiest of Lynxes, with my post often showing up on the initial page of an XR3-related Google search (I probably would not have done as well with the more popular Ford Escort GT). Wikipedia’s coverage actually groups the Lynx in with the Escort.

There are two other interesting things about the XR3 post’s success. First, it’s the first 1,000 view post that isn’t about a General Motors product. Second, it’s gotten to this total rather quickly compared to the four other 1,000 view posts, all of which were created between March and May in 2014. In contrast, the XR3 post was published in July 2018.

As always, I am grateful for the views—and our readers.


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