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

    1. Right! Iโ€™m really surprised by that too!

  2. Congratulations – they are some good looking stats!!!

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  3. Such. Great idea to look back on posts xx

    1. Itโ€™s really good, I enjoy it x

  4. 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!

    1. I bet youโ€™ll be surprised at some of the things you find! And thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜

  5. I love your piece on Sponsored Posts and where to find them etc! x

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  6. 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

    1. Awh thank you so much and not cheesy at all! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Britt | Alternatively Speaking says:

    Congrats on a great year of growth. I’m not surprised to see blogger information posts up there, as there is a huge demand for informative posts among new bloggers. Keep up the great content!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. Totally agree! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  8. 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

    1. Itโ€™s a fab idea! Sophieโ€™s great ๐Ÿ˜˜

  9. Wonderful idea. Those stats are amazing. As someone who also blogs poetry, I need to check your poetry posts!

    1. Thank you! I only have one but hope you like it!

  10. 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

    1. Thanks so much – I agree, I like reading a range of post styles too ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  11. Pushpanjali Roy says:

    Wow! I just reread your posts on SEO for bloggers and sponsored content. No wonder they were among your most viewed posts on the website. So helpful! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love,
    Anjali
    http://www.laughingmirror.com

    1. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  12. Some amazing posts right here my lovely!

    Love, Amie โค
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  13. 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

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ Iโ€™d definitely go check out Sophieโ€™s posts too!

      1. I will, thanks hun x

  14. 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

    1. Haha! Well a massive thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

  15. 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

    1. Thanks so much lovely! I really am chuffed ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

  16. 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

    1. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  17. I get why those blog posts got so many views. We always look for travel inspo and tips about blogging. I loved your SEO guide and blog on sponsored posts! They were so helpful!

    1. Thank you!

  18. 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

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you liked the SEO post ๐Ÿ˜Œ x

  19. Build The Giant says:

    Wow, more than 300 posts in a year ??
    That’s actually insane!

    Keep up with the good work!

    1. Haha yep, Iโ€™m a full time blogger so being consistent is pretty important for me!

  20. I loved all of these posts x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. Thank you x

  21. Your top 4 are so close in view numbers! Jenny, that intro ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thank you so much *shies away awkwardly because I can’t take compliments*. It’s nice to see that sponsored posts did so well! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ I meant every word! And yes I love that thereโ€™s some sponsored posts in there too!

  22. It’s so nice to go back over your blog at the end of each year and see how much you’ve achieved! I absolutely loved your bookish blog post ideas! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  23. This was a lovely post to read! It reminded me that I was meant to be writing my 2019 travel bucket list..

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ Canโ€™t wait to read it!

  24. Lovely post, Jenny!
    Congratulations on your brilliant blogging achievements, here’s to many more.
    I’ve read most of these posts that you have mentioned but I haven’t read the poetry one so I’m going to head to read that one now!

    1. Eeek hope you like it! Iโ€™m still nervous at the fact I put that post out there!

  25. This was a really interesting blog post to read! Perhaps I’m just really nosey, but I love delving into stats and seeing what people’s most popular blogs are. The ones mentioned here and some of my favourite. I found the SEO one especially helpful; I had no idea that putting text before photos affected ranking, but after you mentioned it, it totally makes sense! I’ve never done anything like this myself on my blog, but I do love going back and looking at my most popular posts. Last year, my most popular posts was “The Difference Between Meltdowns & Shutdowns” at 2882 views after one of my Pinterest pins went “viral” in the Pinterest autism community. I’m quite shocked by that number, because my average is far lower (like, under a thousand views) but I’m not complaining! Here’s to another year of great blog posts!

    1. If you find the right community and the right sort of people to be reading your posts then thereโ€™s no surprise one of them went viral! ๐Ÿ˜Œ It is very interesting though isnโ€™t it and definitely! Hereโ€™s to more fab posts ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

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