Dec 16, 2016

How to Find Your Most Popular Posts in Google Analytics

Determining which posts are your most popular of the yearNow that year is winding down, you should be looking back at your analytics to see which posts ended up being the most popular on your site.  Knowing which posts are your most trafficked is good in terms of determining what kind of content you should be sharing in the future, and also if you plan on doing a “look back” post or a roundup of your most popular posts of the year.

Today I’m going to share how to figure out which posts were your most popular ones. I’ll show you how to determine both your top posts written THIS year, as well as your most popular posts overall. (The posts that saw the most traffic this year, no matter which year they were written.)

How to Determine Your Most Popular Posts From This Year:

First you want to log into Google Analytics and set your timeframe for only this year:
Setting timeline in Google Analytics
Next, select “All Pages”  Under the Behavior >> Site Content Menu
Most popular blog post in google analytics
That will give you a list of the most popular pages (defined as ‘most page views’) for the entire year.  In the case of my blog you can see that none of my top 10 posts were even from this year. (Which isn’t surprising since my older content has had time to get established in search engines on social media like Pinterest.)
Most popular post of all time
But if you want to do a recap of your most popular posts from THIS YEAR ONLY how do you find that out?  Well, you need to find only posts written in 2016.  Luckily, since Blogger uses dates in the URLs it is super easy to find. Just add “2016” to the search bar above the search results.  Here is what mine looked like before I filtered them by date.
Finding most popular posts for year
And here are the results after filtering.  You will notice that your mobile URL and desktop URL actually come up as separate listings (one has ?m=1 on the end), so you may have to add them together if you want to be the most accurate ranking, but this gives you a list of your most popular posts, which is what you are looking for.
Most Popular Posts of the year in Analytics
I hope this helped you find the info you are looking for.. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them in the comments!

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