2018 Review for doyler.net – Here we Go Again!

Another year down, so it's 2018 review time!

doyler.net 2018 Review - Introduction

The timing was great this year, and I got to wait until after the 1st unlike last year.

No blogiversary post this year, but I'm hoping to do something special for my 200th consecutive post!

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

First, I managed to beat my goal of 70,000 views by over 13%!

2018 Review - Views

For the second year in a row, my most popular post was the pfSense DNSBL post. This is a very popular post, and is a very high result in a lot of organic traffic. My second and fourth most popular were about new wireless cards and configuration/installation, which are also mostly search engine traffic.

2018 Review - Most Popular posts

An even larger part of my traffic came from the US this year, but I still really like looking at this chart.

2018 Review - Geotraffic

My traffic generation was still terrible, and this is definitely a place that I need to focus on next year. That said, it is nice having so many referrals from search engines.

2018 Review - Referrers

While I cannot grab the search history for my entire year, my wireless card posts drove traffic for the last few months.

2018 Review - Searches

Unsurprisingly, GitHub is my most common for outgoing clicks. I've thought about adding referral and/or affiliate links for monetization, so this might be an option for 2019.

2018 Review - Outgoing clicks

I still can't figure out what is causing my most popular day or time, but it is still different from last year's. While my most popular time is still 10am, the day changed from Monday to Wednesday.

2018 Review - Popularity


I was nowhere near my 2017 record of 689 views in one day. This year, my best day was 335 views on September 12th. That said, I made 0 Reddit links to my blog this year. I need to post more on Reddit, as that is where the burst traffic definitely comes from.

2018 Review - Most daily views

That day, it was mostly just generic traffic and views on the eCPPT post, which is always popular.

2018 Review - Biggest day

CTF Write-Ups

While this was a misc. category for my post last year, I got through a bunch this year! That said, I still have some that I'd like to finish from years ago, so hopefully I can get to them.


While I only had two XSS posts this year, they were still pretty neat. I've got some in my draft folder for next year, so I hope to finish those too.


I went to another 6 conferences this year, and again spoke at 3! I don't really have at topic in mind yet, so these numbers may be smaller next year.

Assembly (x86)

I know I posted a lot about x86 this year, but that was due to the SLAE certification. This was a great course, and I definitely learned a ton. I didn't want to re-link all of my posts, just the most interesting ones here.


This year I managed to knock out another two certifications, which I'm definitely proud of. I haven't done my SLAE review/exam post yet, so I will just link to the first post I made about it. I plan on getting my OSCE next year, but I am not sure what else yet. I've already paid for the eCRE and the eCPTX, but I'm also looking at the pTrace Advanced Software Explotation as an option.


I didn't release any updates for my most popular tools or release anything terribly novel. That said, if I include this category again, maybe I'll do better next year!


I had a few other neat posts this year, that I wanted to re-share. The book review was a ton of work, and I'm still really proud of that one.

Goals for 2019

Based on this year's statistics, plus my yearly insights, I should probably aim for 80,000 views next year.

2018 Review - Monthly insights

That said, I almost hit that this year, so it doesn't feel like a great goal. I think I will aim for 85,000 views, but I'm willing to adjust this if I spend more time on traffic generation next year.

Other than that, I haven't missed a post in over three years now, and I don't plan on starting next year.

2018 Review - Conclusion

This was a great year for my blog, and it definitely kept me slightly motivated during some rougher times.

I also increased my average words per post a lot, which I hope speaks to their quality.

2018 Review - Full year

If you have any ideas for more topics, monetization ideas, or ways to branch out, then please let me know! I've got ideas of book(s), courses, consultancies, etc. always bouncing around in my head.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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Common passed on this blog, I made it to a jam.

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