Have you seen these posts that other sites do that display their top 10 posts? Would you like to do this for your own site but don’t know how?
Even if you don’t write a post telling your readers what your top 10 posts are, this is a great thing for you to know so that you know what your readers like to see.
It is very simple. I will lay it out for you step by step below and within 5 minutes you will have your top 10 as well.
First thing you have to do is go to your Google analytics page. This post is written specifically for Google analytics. If you don’t have them installed on your blog, I do apologize. I do recommend you set up Google analytics now, so that at then end of this year, you can come back to this page and follow the steps below.
Okay… let’s get started. Once you have logged on to your Google Analytics page, you will see a bar at the top of the page. Click on Customization.
When the new page opens up, click on “+ New Custom Report”.
This is what you will see…
Okay… Give it a title.. Right now it says “New Custom Report” in the title box. I just titled mine “2013 Most Popular Posts”.
Go down a bit on the page… Change the “type” to “Flat Table”.
Once you do that, the options below will change.
Click on “+ add dimension”.
In the drop down box, click on “Behavior” and then “Page”.
Now click on “+ add metric”.
In the drop down box, click on “Visitors” and then “Pageviews”.
Now you will go down to Filters.
Click on “+ add filter”.
In the drop down box, you will do exactly as you did in the dimensions section above… you will click on “behavior” and then click on “page”.
To the right of that, you will see a box that has the word, “exact”, in it. Click on it and select “Regex”. Then in the next box, type “2013” (or whatever year in which you would like to see your popular posts).
This is what that area should look like when you are finished (with the exception of the year… that will be whatever year in which you are getting stats).
Okay… That’s it… now look it over to make sure it looks like this…
Now, click save at the bottom.
And, voila! You now have your most popular posts from the top viewed down to that lonely post which only got a couple hits. :)
I hope this helps you! Did you do a top 10 post? Did you get your stats this way? I’m sure there’s more than one way to do it! Feel free to share in the comments.