Last year, I wrote about my most popular posts from January 2018 compared to the ones I enjoyed writing the most – a brilliant idea straight up stolen from the lovely Sophie from Glowsteady. Today I’m going to do something similar and look back over my 5 most viewed posts from the whole of 2018 another brilliant idea also stolen from Sophie. So to sum up today’s post before we’ve even began, I have no original ideas and Sophie is fabulous.

I kid (well, not really, Sophie IS fabulous) but I do find posts like these really interesting to both read and write myself. Albeit, a bit nerdy. So quickly before we get going, 2018 was a year for me, blogging wise. It was my best blogging year yet for a bunch of reason:

  • My total views for the year were 130,499, more than double from 2017 (61,238)
  • Most of my traffic came from the WordPress Reader, search engines and Twitter
  • I received over 15,000 comments
  • I hit over 7,500 followers (Last week, I hit 8,000!)
  • I published 329 posts
  • And I released an eBook – yay!

I’m hugely motivated by stats and figures and knowing that something’s working well judging by the growth last year. But what about the posts themselves? I’m also always intrigued to see which posts did the best and wondering why that is. It’s always a good indicator of what to work on going forwards too, if you start to notice a trend.

So, without further ado, here are my 5 most views blog posts from last year (only including the ones which were actually published in 2018, in case that wasn’t obvious):

1. 2018 Travel Bucket List

Overall views: 1,289
Post date: February 9th 2018
Likes: 498
Comments: 166

Interesting… I feel like this one might be a bit of a fluke as it was a sponsored post, which is really surprising because on average, sponsored content doesn’t tend to do quite as well as non-sponsored content. But I’m actually quite pleased about this post being top of the list because it definitely shows that when working together harmoniously, brand collaborations can be hugely beneficial!

2. A Beginners Guide to SEO for Bloggers

Overall views: 1,235
Post date: July 8th 2018
Likes: 177
Comments: 212

Although this one was also sponsored, I can’t say I’m too surprised about this being up the top because my blogging advice style posts always do the best in terms of views. Clearly there’s a huge demand for them, as the blogging world is getting bigger and bigger and people are always looking for advice on something or another so I always find them beneficial to post.

3. Sponsored Posts, Earning Money and Blogging as a Business – Tips and Tricks

Overall views: 1,230
Post date: January 11th 2018
Likes: 119
Comments: 167

Again, another blogging advice style post which ended up at the top of the list. This post was my first little foray into talking about blogging as a business and sharing my tips for getting sponsored content etc. and clearly it did quite well! I’ve learnt a lot more since then, though which is why I did a more updated post on the topic in January.

4. Poetry

Overall views: 1,053
Post date: January 23rd 2018
Likes: 372
Comments: 139

Okay I’m actually really embarrassed that this one is on here and I really have no idea why and it came as quite a shock. I’m no poet. I know nothing about poetry. But sometime in the last few years, I decided to venture into writing my own poems which I then (for some utterly unknown reason) thought was a good idea to publish on my blog. Clearly poetry is popular.

Update: I privatized this post

5. 25 Bookish Blog Post Ideas

Overall views: 999
Post date: June 11th 2018
Likes: 129
Comments: 78

And finally, although 2018 was officially the year I stopped reviewing books and took myself away from the book blogging “community”, clearly people thought my bookish related posts were good! I’m also quite surprised to see this one on here as I was never sure how well these “blog post ideas” posts actually did (despite having done a fair few of them).

And there we are! Wasn’t that jolly interesting. I’m not going to include the posts I enjoyed writing the most as well, like I did before because quite honestly, I can’t be bothered to sift through over 300 posts right now. But I definitely found this pretty eye-opening!

Have you ever done anything like this before? What was your most viewed post of 2018? Did you read any of these ones I linked? And is there anything you’d like to see more of on this blog? Let me know!

85 Comments

  1. Such an interesting post to read. I love stats too, so reading this was fascinating to me! I always enjoy reading all your posts though. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Sarah ๐ŸŒบ || Boxnip

  2. Wow, these are amazing stats! You are doing a great job. The number of posts published clearly indicates you are hardworking. I get a small number of traffic from WordPress reader. Maybe you can share tips on how to increase traffic from WordPress reader. Thanks.

    1. I honestly donโ€™t have any tips because itโ€™s not something I actively work on. I have been blogging for 6 years and built my blog following up so thisโ€™s probably all it took really!

      1. Well I donโ€™t know, I have experimented with it. Like I said, itโ€™s not something Iโ€™ve actively tried to improve but from my experience, the more followers I have, the more views come from the Reader.

  3. One of your posts got 498 likes?!?! THAT IS SO AMAZINGGG! I’ve never seen so many likes on a single post. I checked it out and liked it so hopefully, it’ll get to 500 likes soon ๐Ÿ˜˜
    I love your blogging tips posts. They’re always so helpful and concise. I really loved the one about how to get sponsored opportunities โค

    Taiwo xx

  4. So lovely to see you doing so well. Your stats are great, and Iโ€™m pleased to see your travel post was the top one! This gives me some hope ๐Ÿ™ haha. Well done girl you must be really proud. X

  5. Your stats from last year are amazing, I’m very driven by them too and I’d love to be as successful on my blog as you one day! It seems that your most viewed posts were mainly those aimed to help other bloggers which is fab, I always find your tips and tricks posts helpful! My most viewed one last year was a review of an eyeshadow palette!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  6. Congratulations on a successful year of growth, and thank you for so honestly sharing your stats. I think it’s something that bloggers just don’t do enough!

  7. I loved this little nosey you gave us with all the stats! Your growth over last year is admirable & inspiring; I’m sure 2019 will only bring more of that xx

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

  8. Firstly, congratulations on a great year, you achieved a lot! Also, this was such an interesting read and Iโ€™ll definitely be looking back on my posts!x

  9. Ooh this is such a cool idea for a post – and you’re right, Sophie is fabulous, aha! I know what my top post is but I’ve never looked further than that. Although to be honest, I know my review posts tend to do better than when I venture into other styles, so I’m not sure it would surprise me to much. This was great!

  10. It’s interesting to see the variety in your most viewed blog topics! All great topics!
    Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚
    Dana
    forthe20s.com

  11. This is such a good idea to look back at posts from the last year and see which ones were most popular, this has totally inspired me to go and check my most popular posts in a bit. Your view count for the year is amazing!

  12. what a great post jenny! not to sound super cheesy and like a kiss ass but your success with blog is something that has motivated me to work towards. you had an incredible year, i know i read a few of those posts for sure but canโ€™t recall if I read all of them. Iโ€™ll have a look see at them all again though just to make sure. i really enjoy all the pieces youโ€™ve written xx

    mich / simplymich.com

  13. What a great idea for a post! (Well done Sophie, haha). I’m also motivated by stats – seeing how many views, comments etc I get on particular posts helps me to improve my blog and come up with more content that people enjoy. I’m going to read some of your posts mentioned here that I missed throughout the year. Thanks for sharing!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

  14. It’s no wonder that some of these were your top posts of the year; I’m definitely about to go away and read most of them. Tips and Tricks for sponsored content are always posts I find useful but then I also love reading more thoughtful, wordy posts similar to your poetry one. Can’t wait to see what you create and post of the next year.
    Sarah x
    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk

  15. This is such a great idea for a blog post. I havenโ€™t seen this or spotted Sophieโ€™s post about this idea! Such a great way to reflect on the past year and all that you have achieved. Sounds like you smashed last year. Congratulations on releasing the EBook such an amazing achievement. Thank you for sharing xx

  16. Your blog stats are amazing Jenny! Hopefully, 2019 will be even more successful for you! This is a really interesting blog post idea too. I love your ‘A Beginners Guide to SEO for Bloggers’ post and found it extremely helpful- I’m probably responsible for a lot of those views haha.

    Eve | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

  17. Jenny you never fail to amaze me with your posts and this one was so different! I’ve been reading your blog for a number of years now and yet I still love to look back on reflective posts such as this! Your content performed SO well in 2018 and you should be so proud of all your incredible achievements! I can’t wait to read more of your content in 2019! xx
    http://www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

  18. Congratulations Jenny, those stats are impressive! 130K views in a year is awesome, you are doing so well girl! I always love reading your blogging advice posts, I can see why they are so popular, you always offer fab tips and I learn something new every time ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great to see sponsored content doing so well too! Thanks for sharing, I’m sure 2019 will be another fantastic year for you! <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  19. Wow you did so well last year! Your views are amazing I canโ€™t wait until I hopefully get that many. I loved your post about SEO it was so helpful and your travel bucket list! Well done xx