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My Most Viewed Posts of 2018

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.

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!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

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. 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. Thanks so much! 😌

  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 don’t have any tips because it’s not something I actively work on. I have been blogging for 6 years and built my blog following up so this’s probably all it took really!

      1. So in a nutshell, if you have more followers on wordpress, you stand a high chance of getting more traffic. Thanks.

      2. Well I don’t know, I have experimented with it. Like I said, it’s not something I’ve actively tried to improve but from my experience, the more followers I have, the more views come from the Reader.

  3. My fave was the bookish posts one. For obvious reasons 🙂

    1. Thank you 😌

  4. Come back to reviewing books!! I need more book stuff from you, missy, and you’re definitely an inspiration for me to push my blog! Can’t wait to see what happens to you in 2019!

    Dee xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Haha! Sorry! That ship has sailed for me I’m afraid! I’m quite happy to give you personal reviews via DM if you like 😂😂

  5. 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 😘
    I love your blogging tips posts. They’re always so helpful and concise. I really loved the one about how to get sponsored opportunities ❤

    Taiwo xx

    1. Haha yep I’m not quite sure how that happened either!

  6. Very interesting.
    Thanks for a great post.

    1. Thank you

  7. I may have to steal this idea from you next year – I loved looking back on your posts! It’s so amazing how much you’ve grown over the past year, too.

    Love,
    Soph x
    (http://www.sophie-elise.co.uk)

    1. Thank you 😌 And you’re not stealing it from me, don’t worry! Was Sophie’s idea!

  8. So lovely to see you doing so well. Your stats are great, and I’m pleased to see your travel post was the top one! This gives me some hope 🙏 haha. Well done girl you must be really proud. X

    1. Travel is a hugely popular niche x

  9. 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

    1. I’m focusing on more help related things this year for that very reason! Thanks so much 😌

  10. I love this style of post, you can really see how far you’ve come x

    1. Thank you so much 😌

  11. I love looking back on old posts so I really enjoyed this blog post lovely, thanks for sharing 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    1. Thank you x

  12. 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!

    1. I agree, I don’t know why.

  13. Ohh I like this idea of a post.
    It’s a great way to look at some blogging achievements.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    1. It really is x

  14. Macey Gloria says:

    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

    1. Thank you and I hope so! 😌

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

    1. I’d definitely recommend it! It’s really interesting 😌

  16. 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!

    1. Oh really? See my review posts are always lower in views, funny that!

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