An easy top 10 list for year end blogging

Looking for some easy juice and content for your year-end blogging? Make a top 10 list of the best posts for the year as found in your Google Analytics traffic stats. (you are using Google Analytics, yes?) Here’s how.

Start a new blog post, obviously.

Go into Analytics. Choose Content > Top Content.

Top Content - Google Analytics

Select your date range to be the entire year. (it’s the little grey arrow on the far right)

Hit Apply. You’ll get a nice list of your top pages. Bonus – if you use a Year/Month/Day format in your URLs and post titles, you can filter just posts for the year.

Top Content - Google Analytics

See each of those little arrowed boxes next to the numbers on the left? Those are links to your posts. Just construct a bulleted list in your blog post of your top 5/10/whatever posts, right click each box, and paste the URLs to your blog post.

Here’s an example of the top 10 Marketing Over Coffee posts for the year:

  1. Synchronizing Social Networks eBook
  2. Interview with Mitch Joel
  3. Newsletter #1
  4. Putting Up, Shutting Up, Getting Data
  5. Discussion with David Meerman Scott
  6. Wash Your Produce
  7. Twitter Slowdown, Google Wave, Palm Pre
  8. Get a Free eBook
  9. Wonder Wheel, Duplicate Content Penalties
  10. Still the Best Mraketing [sic] Podcast

This kind of list is incredibly popular, easy to construct, and built on reliable data from your Analytics account. Take it to the bank before the New Year!


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  • http://mydarabell.com/ darabell

    I think this is great idea from search point of view but also giving the viewer the best content, the best qiality experience whilst driving more traffic to you win win.
    DaraBell

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  • http://mydarabell.com/ Dara Bell

    I think this is great idea from search point of view but also giving the viewer the best content, the best qiality experience whilst driving more traffic to you win win.
    DaraBell

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  • http://twitter.com/pegmulligan Peg Mulligan

    Thanks for the inspiration, Chris, all year long, both through your podcasts, and this latest post. I just followed your advice and rounded up my top posts for 2009, which was not only an easy way to crank out a post (as you said it would be), but was also a useful exercise to reflect on what's resonating most with my readers. Your post also reinforced something I've been resisting, but which I know I must do to take the next step as a blogger, i.e., moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, so I can get the full benefit of Google Analytics.

  • http://twitter.com/pegmulligan Peg Mulligan

    Thanks for the inspiration, Chris, all year long, both through your podcasts, and this latest post. I just followed your advice and rounded up my top posts for 2009, which was not only an easy way to crank out a post (as you said it would be), but was also a useful exercise to reflect on what’s resonating most with my readers. Your post also reinforced something I’ve been resisting, but which I know I must do to take the next step as a blogger, i.e., moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, so I can get the full benefit of Google Analytics.

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