Top 10 Posts of 2013

Another year is coming to a close. My blog is five and a half years old and each year it is so interesting to look back over the previous twelve months and see the growth and the change.

There really is a lot that goes into this blog. A site will not grow on luck. There is a process from an editorial standpoint,  research to know what is trending and what your readers want, creation of content, editing content, optimizing content, promotion …  you get the idea.

To still be plugging along after 5 years really is exciting. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the most predictable aspect of blogging is that things are always changing.  And if we do not keep up with the change our sites can become obsolete.

In the last year Pinterest, Google and Yahoo search engines and very loyal readers are the top reasons my site is read. These are the avenues that generated the most traffic for Crystal & Co., in 2013.

Here is a recap of the top ten posts for the year.

top 10 posts of 2013

  1. Coupon Resources- this is a collection of 20+ sites that help you save money and cut down on your grocery bill. THis page was viewed over 239,600 times in 2013.
  2. Crockpot Ravioli- still the most popular recipe on my site with over 100,000 pins to day.
  3. Letter of the Week Preschool Craft: A is for Alligator- love this series. We covered a new letter every week and A is for Alligator was one of the most popular.
  4. A-Z Letter of the Week Crafts for Preschoolers- the entire collection of the alphabet. Super fun and very proud of how well this series did.
  5. Easy Recipes- my index of 100+ recipes that are perfect for busy families.
  6. Crockpot Chicken and Noodles- this is a family favorite.
  7. Inexpensive Summer Activities for Kids- it is summer somewhere on the globe. This post is popular year round.
  8. Free Preschool Printable Handwriting Sheet- customize the sheet to print your child’s name for handwriting practice.
  9. Crockpot Enchilada Casserole- an older recipe from my site but very popular.
  10. Broccoli Pasta Salad- one of my favorite recipes ever!

My goal for 2014 is to continue to grow and provide you the best content I can while always being someone you can relate to.  I love coming here every day and sharing with you guys and I adore the messages I get from you privately. Fellow bloggers who remind me they are praying for me, readers who tell me they are in love with my site, pictures you send me when you complete one of my projects. I love it all and I am beyond grateful.

I hope that each time you visit my site you find something useful that can help you no matter if it is educational, a recipe, a solution or just every day life ideas.

Enjoy your time with your family as we get ready to enter 2014.  I would love to know what you loved most about 2013 and what your goals are for the new year.

Top 10 Posts of January 2013

Crystal & Co., received some great traffic during the month of January. We started the year off right with a bang reaching 140,000+ pageviews in the month of January.

Are you too a blogger? Do you ever look at your analytics to see which posts are your most popular? I like to look at it each month and see what my top ten posts are. By doing this it helps me to see what posts my readers like, what posts are bringing new readers to my site via Google searches as well as helps me see which topics I should continue to share on my site.

This is how I am getting traffic to my site:

If you are a new blogger and you are wanting to drive more traffic to your site, I highly recommend you start doing the three tasks just mentioned. Check out all of my blogging tips as well for more pointers.

Here is a look at what was popular on my site this month.

Top Ten Posts January 2013

top ten january

  1. Coupon Resources- this is a page listing over 20 coupon resources for my readers. I love to share resources with them for saving money!
  2. Crockpot Ravioli- this has been the most popular recipe post on my site for over a year. It is so super simple!
  3. 5 Easy Valentines- this is popular right now because Valentine’s Day is upon us. It is a list of easy Valentine projects you can do with your kids.
  4. Easy Recipes- I have an index of almost 100 recipes on my site now. I am all about getting dinner on the table in the most simplified way possible.
  5. How to Meal Plan- I published an eBook teaching busy moms how to get dinner on the table in five steps. Have you checked it out?
  6. Crockpot Chicken and Corn Enchilada Casserole- this is a delicious recipe that is very popular over on Pinterest.
  7. Crockpot Chicken and Noodles- we love this comfort food recipe!
  8. Free eBooks-  this is a site that offers a list of free eBooks on Amazon every day.
  9. Valentine Printable for Heart Crayons- this post is from last year and is my most popular Valentine post to date. It has a cute free printable that is perfect for your upcoming Valentine party!
  10. Great Deals- my deal posts which share current specials, coupons and online deals is pretty popular.

More Blogging Tips from Crystal & Co.

Top 10 Posts of 2012

2012 was very good to us here at Crystal & Co. This site continued to grow leaps and bounds.

We have reached a point where the site consistently receives 100,000+ pageviews per month with over 80,000 unique visitors every month. It still blows  my mind!

We had posts go viral multiple times thanks to Pinterest and to readers always sharing.

We published an eBook and more!

Take a peek at the top 10 posts on 2012. top 10 posts 2012

  1. Coupon Resources- this page went viral and continues to go viral again and again. In 2012 this page alone had over 400,000 pageviews! If you are looking for ways to save money in 2013, this is a must read resource!
  2. Crockpot Ravioli- this is one of the easiest recipes and is the most viewed recipe on my site! Perfect for a busy school or work night. Serve it with a dinner salad and french bread and dinner is done!
  3. 80+ Summer Activities for Kids- this is a post my good friend Kim asked me to compile. She was looking for activities to keep her kids busy in the summer. This list is full of boredom busters. Don’t let the title fool you. These activities for kids will cure cabin fever during the winter months, there are ideas that are perfect for Spring Break season and of course things to do all summer long!
  4. Easy Recipes- looking for simple dinner ideas? Here are over 90 recipes that are perfect for the busy family!
  5. Crockpot Chicken and Corn Enchilada Casserole - this is another loved recipe here on Crystal & Co. Who knew you could make a casserole in the crockpot.
  6. Easy Smores Printable for Teachers- these are perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week, but also any time you want to tell your teacher just how special she is.
  7. Crockpot Chicken and Noodles - comfort food at it’s best. Did I mention you cook it in the slow cooker? Yum!
  8. Crockpot BBQ Chicken- another easy dinner idea for busy parents!
  9. 24 Zoo Birthday Party Ideas- this is a post that was inspired by a reader. She asked me to find zoo birthday party ideas for her. Little did I know, it would be a post others are Googling every day. Wow!
  10. Recipe Resources- if your plan for 2013 is to cook at home and save money, this is a post you will want to read.

 

And I want to thank you! Thanks for reading, for commenting, for sharing and sticking with me.

YOU rock!