Blogiversary Week: My Top 10 Posts and Top 10 Referrers

As part of my blogiversary week celebration, I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes of The Weekend Homemaker. My day job partly involves marketing analytics, so geeky things like statistics peek my curiosity. One of the main things I’ve enjoyed about maintaining a blog are tracking what drives traffic. Plus, I love when other bloggers post about the business/marketing side of their blog. It’s like getting a glimpse of what’s behind the curtain. If you are a new blogger or have thought about blogging, I hope you find this information useful.

I don’t look at my Google Analytics that often. On a day-to-day basis, I typically just reference my site stats through WordPress. However, every month, I check google analytics to see what the numbers show. I believe in the power of analytics as it can tell you a lot about your site, such as where your traffic is coming from and what types of posts drive the most traffic. Looking back over the last year at my top 10 posts, I see a few common themes such as image heavy posts with a tutorial or posts that answer a question.

Top 10 Posts of the last year

#1 Pinterest FAQs

This posts continues to be my top source of traffic, providing 100′s of visitors a day (this may sound big or small depending on the size of your blog) via organic searches on Google. In this post, I answer questions that people have asked me about Pinterest as well as offer Pinterest invitations. Pinterest is fast becoming the hottest social media site in the history of the internet. There are a lot of people with a lot of questions. If you can help answer those questions, you’ll create value and therefore improve your own traffic.

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#2 Kid Craft: Rapunzel Hair

This just happened to be a timely post as I posted it right after the movie Tangled came out on DVD. In addition, with the explosion of Pinterest in the last year, it received a lot of traffic from repins and has been featured on a few craft blogs.

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#3 You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

Our home office makeover (did I mention it’s going to be featured in Better Homes and Garden?!) got a lot of love thanks to being featured on several blogs such as LifeHacker, Apartment Therapy, Cottage and Vine, The DIY Showoff,  and Better After.

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#4 What is Pinterest And How To Use It

Another Pinterest post has been a big source of traffic. Nothing like jumping on the bandwagon of one of the fastest growing social media sites in history, eh. Actually, at the time I wrote these posts, I didn’t know what a big deal Pinterest was becoming. I just knew that I really loved it and wanted to share this cool site I found with others.

#5 Nutella Croissant Rolls

I owe this one to the power of Nutella…and Pinterest. This has been repinned a number of times, I think because #1 everyone loves Nutella and #2 it only has 2 ingredients (3, if you add powdered sugar).

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#6 DIY Upholstered Headboard

This was one of my favorite posts because I had been wanting to tackle this project for a long time and I just loved the fabric my friend Christy chose. I was so proud, I linked the doo-doo out of this post to a lot of blog parties..like overkill. So, if you’ve seen this a dozen times and roll your eyes, I’ll understand.

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#7 Pinterest Challenge: A Fairy Garden

I created this fairy garden for the first Pinterest Challenge hosted by Young House Love and Bower Power. The fact that I was linked up to one of Young House Love’s link parties was a big source of traffic as was the fact that this has been shared on Pinterest a number of times.

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#8 Creating a Mood Board in Picasa

Amanda from Serenity Now shared this post on Centsationalgirl’s Best of the Blogosphere posts. Thank you, Amanda!

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#9 Big Girl Bedroom

My very first room makeover and my first big feature, this was shared on Ohdeedoh.

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#10 Recovering Dining Room Chairs

Same as the upholstered headboard, I linked this to a lot of blog parties.

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Top 10 Referrers

I want to say a big, fat THANK YOU to any and everyone who has ever mentioned my site, posted a link, featured a project, left a comment, thought a happy thought, said a prayer, or just smiled in reference to my site. You all make up a wonderful uplifting community.

As for the top referrers to my site in the past years,

#1 Pinterest

#2 Young House Love

#3 Lifehacker

#4 Thrifty Decor Chick

#5 The Nester

#6 House of Turquoise

#7 Better After

#8 Apartment Therapy

#9 Ohdeedoh

#10 Centsational Girl

 

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5 Responses to Blogiversary Week: My Top 10 Posts and Top 10 Referrers
  1. ange
    March 20, 2012 |

    Crystal, being that I am new to WP, I was wondering how do you check your stats on there? Did you install an app/widget?
    I never knew what your day job was, that was a fun fact of the day. Also, loved the recap of your top 10 posts, fun to look at all the things that people come here for. I remember finding you through your bedroom. Have a great day!

  2. Rebecca
    March 20, 2012 |

    Love the advice and ideas! thank you for sharing.

  3. You have some gorgeous projects!

  4. Jayne Barbour
    March 21, 2012 |

    So proud of you and thanks for sharing the behind the scenes stuff! Love that picture of anna as Rapunzel! and loved seeing Rob’s birdhouse in the fairy garden pic! Happy Blogiversary!

  5. Mindy
    March 22, 2012 |

    Em asks me nearly every day for Rapunzel hair and she hasn’t even seen the movie yet. I showed her your picture weeks ago and it’s all I ever hear about. ONE of these days I’m gonna pick up some dang yellow yarn!!! :)

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