Top Posts and Referrers in 2011

I had fun digging into Google Analytics to determine the top 10 posts for the year.  There were a few surprises and a few I predicted.  Here’s the list:

Top Posts for 2011

1.  28 Muffin Recipes You’ll Want to Try – This post went nuts on StumbleUpon.  I first noticed traffic several weeks after I posted it, but it just kept building.  Every few weeks a new burst of traffic hit again.  It just keeps stumbling along.

2.  Homemade Chicken and Dumplings. It’s Easy. Really. – Everyday people search “Chicken and Dumplings” and land on my blog.  I posted this less than a year after I started blogging.  I added it to Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen (where it’s got 5 oven mitts and 29 reviews).  A few weeks ago, the Tasty Kitchen Blog picked it up.  Pinterest loves that recipe too.

3.  Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken – Another that did really well on StumbleUpon.

4.  The Original Menu post (Week 1) that I posted way back in August of 2009.  With nearly 11,000 menu/grocery list downloads, this post remains the most popular of all of the menus. I guess most folks like to start at the very beginning.

5.  The No-Bake, No-Cook, No-Time Gift Solution – 4 Snack Mixes in a Jar – This has quickly shot to the top.  Everyone needs a last minute gift.  And Pinterest loves jars. Amen.

6.  36 Recipes for Restaurant-Style Meals at Home – Another that owes it’s spot on this list to StumbleUpon.

7.  Low Cost Menu/Grocery List/Recipes post from August ’09.

8.  Baked Spaghetti – I knew this would make the top 10.  People search for it every day.

9.  Printable Menu Planner – This is actually a page, not a post, but I’m including it anyway.

10.  Menu Week 5 – It’s near the top of the list on the Menus page in the Nav bar.  It just sits in a good location so it enjoys a lot of traffic.

Top Referrers in 2011

StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Facebook and Google are my top referrers, in that order.  But I want to talk about the blogs that send me traffic.

1.  The Organizing Junkie – I link to Menu Plan Monday each week.  Laura puts together an amazing linky party every Monday.  She’s got a fantastic blog all about organizing.  You’ve got to check it out.  It is nearly January, after all (resolutions and all that jazz).

2.  Disboards – It’s not a blog, but it is one of my favorite places online.  Disboards is a forum (many forums) for all things Disney.  I especially like the Budget Board.

3.  Crystal & Co. – I love Crystal.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should pop over there now.  Even her blog design and logo make me happy when I see them.

4.  My Life Scoop – This blog included Eat at Home in a list of “Top 10 Weeknight Dinner Blogs”.

5.  Hoosier Homemade – Liz and I have worked together on several projects over the past year.  She’s one of my best blogging friends 🙂

6.  Mommy’s Kitchen – Tina’s blog is similar to mine, in that we both cook “regular” food for families.

7.  Tasty Kitchen – This is mostly from the Chicken and Dumplings recipe, but I’ve got a few other recipes over there as well.

8.  Real Mom Kitchen – Another great blog for “regular” people food.

9.  Sprinkle Bakes – I love this blog.  She’s always making beautiful desserts.  Amazingly beautiful desserts.  And she was so gracious to add a link to my version of her Blue Velvet Cupcakes post.

10.  $5 Dinners – Erin Chase is fantastic and her blog is a wonderful resource for frugal cooking.

I love the work I do on my blog, the people I’ve met and of course all the food.  I am so thankful for all of you who read, comment, email, and share this space with me.

I pray you have a blessed New Year and I’m looking forward to sharing with you in 2012!



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  1. I gotta say ~ that picture of the Chicken & Dumplins’ had me jump right off my reader and over here to say… they look just like the ones my Grandma Nini made! Looking so forward to trying your version and looking at your other top posts! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. This is great! Thanks!

  3. Wonderful list, Tiffany! It’s so fun to see these top posts & referrers for the year! You are one of my top referrers for the year – so thanks!

  4. I’m SO excited to be in your Top Referrers List!! You ROCK Tiffany and I’m so thankful for our friendship!!
    God Bless! Wishing you the VERY best in 2012! Great things to come my friend!

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