How To Find Your Most Popular Content Using Google Analytics

Recently Michelle published a post featuring the top 4 blog posts of the year published by Vivid Image. There are many reasons that you would want to do this (check out these 10 reasons Jackie recently posted) but do you know how to do this. Today I want to focus on how to do this using Google Analytics and hopefully this is just in time for you to write your own best of the year post.

What it Means to be Popular

Let’s start by defining what it means to be the most popular post. Do you want to feature the posts that have done well in search over the last year? Or how about the posts that have gained the most social media traffic? Or maybe you just want to know what has been viewed the most. Step 1 is determining what most popular means to you. Today we will focused on most viewed and later on this week I’ll put up a few more ways that you can find your top content using Google Analytics.

Determine Your Time Frame

For our best of 2013 blog we wanted to consider all of the content that was viewed this year. So step one was to change our time frame in Google Analytics. We set our start date at 1/1/2013 and our end date to the latest date possible.time frame

View All Pages

Now you can view what pages on your site received the most page views for the year. To do this you click on the Behavior tab. Then click on Site Content. Finally click on All Pages.

GA How to This will generate a report that will show you all of your content and the total amount of pageviews that content has received. A pageview simply means that the page has been loaded by a browser. This is a pretty basic measure of popularity but it is an easy and quick way to come up with your top posts compilation.

Your report should looks something like the report below. At this point you would need to just look through the list of pages and decide which ones you would like to feature. You may have to decide if you want to only feature content that was published in the past year or if you want to feature whatever content was viewed most this year.



Pro Tip

This is also a great opportunity to assess your content. Do you see anything on your list that is really old and irrelevant? Maybe that can be reworked in 2014. Do you see something that has really outperformed the rest? Maybe that is the kind of content that your audience will crave in 2014. Be sure to use this time and this information to guide your decisions for the coming year.





  1. hi steve. thanks for the post. but how do you see which are the articles that are truly the most popular after filtering out paid traffic?

  2. Steve Slater says:


    Thanks for the question. The posts with the most pageviews would be the most popular (in terms of traffic). There are many ways to measure popularity (social shares, inbound links, pageviews etc…). This post is simply about finding the posts that have been viewed the most within the year. I hope that helps.

  3. Jennifer Prince says:

    I just wanted to say thank you! It was easy to find my most popular blog postings with this post… I appreciate you putting this information out there for sure. :)

  4. Thanks for the “How To” guide.

  5. Isn’t pageviews correlated with how long the post has been live? In your example, #9 & #10 could be relatively lower because they haven’t been on the site as long as the other pieces of content, or am I wrong? To really do this, it seems to me, you’d have to control for rank position and the amount of time a post has been on site since both are positively correlated with pageviews.

    • Steve Slater says:


      That’s a great point. To do that you may have to export the report to a spreadsheet and work some magic. There are many ways the data can be looked at. It all depends on what kind of outcome you are looking for.

  6. Scott Brown says:

    Thank you for this! Any way to add this same data to a custom Dashboard?

    • Steve Slater says:

      Scott, great question. At the top of your report you should see the options, email, export and add to dashboard. This is at the very top, to the left of your date range. Click on add to dashboard and Google Analytics should walk you through the rest. Thanks.

  7. Thank you for this guide was looking a long time for this!

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