10 Most Popular 2016 Blog Posts on Build Your Own Blog

January 2, 2017

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Here are the ten most popular blog posts on Build Your Own Blog in 2016.

This list is based on Page Views.

This does not include evergreen posts. All of these posts were first published in 2016.

Other posts were higher in popularity when it comes to engagement. Some posts during the year received more comments and shares. Again, these are the ten blog posts with the most Page Views.

ICYMI: You might be new to this site or somehow missed a few of these. (Be sure to get on my email list so you won’t miss any this next year. 😉 )

Was there a post in 2016 that you think should have made the list? Tell me which one in the comments. I’d appreciate the feedback.


Here are the Ten Blog Posts from 2016 with the Most Page Views


how to win a gold medal

10. How to Win a Gold Medal in Blogging

The Rio Olympics provided lots of big stories during the summer of ’16. Swimmer Michael Phelps wrapped up his amazing career with even more gold medals. He also taught us bloggers’ a thing or two about success.



difference between content marketing and copywriting


9. The Difference Between Content Marketing and Copywriting

This story has helped many new bloggers’ understand the differences and similarities between these two sibling rivals.


teen entrepreneur

8. This Teen Entrepreneur Will Make You Wish You Blogged Sooner

He goes to high school, runs track, and builds his online business in his spare time. Marc has no time for video games! This kid is going places!!


social strategy


7. How to Adapt Your Social Strategy as Your Blog Grows

To help our blog grow over time, we must sometimes change our strategy and do something different. Find out the slight tweaks Brent made in his social media strategy to help his audience grow faster and not stagnate.


freelance success


6. Find Freelance Success with Tips from Six Figure Freelancer Brent Jones

Brent Jones has been an open book while building his online freelance business. I asked him lots of personal questions to get the REAL story…


blogging mistakes

5. 9 Blogging Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make! Avoid the Pain Before It’s Too Late

Here are some common mistakes that slow bloggers down and ultimately hold back their success.


blog contest

4. Blog Contest Winner Marché Arends Gets New MacBook Air

Last year Build Your Own Blog had a drawing for a new MacBook Air and she was the winner!
social media psychology

3. How Social Media Psychology Makes You Look More Attractive

If you find social media to be frustrating and a waste of time, this interview with Wade Harman should be helpful. Find out how to make social media WORK FOR YOU…


writing headlines

2. Writing Headlines: The One Thing You Should Know

Are enough people clicking on the headlines you write? Many aspiring writers and new bloggers responded to this post. What is this one thing I’m talking about?


how to create an anonymous blog

1. How to Create an Anonymous Blog So You Can Spread Your Message Without Exposing Your Identity

Do you want to blog but prefer to keep your identity a secret? No problem! There are ways to do this so you can share your heart without sharing your face. (Not surprisingly, this post has no commenters. LOL) Here’s my two-step process to starting an anonymous blog that works with my blog setup guide. This post gets a steady flow of views so obviously many people want to set up their blog this way. 


Which post did YOU like from 2016?

From this blog, did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.

Or go ahead and share a blog post that made a big impact on you from any other blog in 2016.


Photo Credit: Vector Masquerade by Romer Jed Medina

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter


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  1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew,

    All posts look awesome to me 😉

    Neat how the anonymous one ranks #1. Seems like more people are in the game without wanting to build a personal brand, either through a clear desire or through the fear of being open and transparent. Either way, neat that the post ranks #1 on the list.

    Cool note too how popularity varies. Some of my posts get mad engagement, other, views, other get a ton of social shares. In any case it’s a blessing to get popular posts through any channels.

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author


      I’m glad you had fun checking out this top ten list. 🙂

      One of my favorites post in 2016 was the “Blog Commenting Secrets” tribute post to Adrienne Smith. It got a lot of great comments and I enjoyed writing that one a lot.

      On this I decided to use Page Views as the measurement. Doesn’t necessarily determine the best as far as quality goes, so I guess what I’m saying here is, anyone who hasn’t checked out my blog’s 2016 archives should! 😉 There’s some good stuff in there apart from this list.

      I was a little suprised how popular the “anonymous blog” was, and you are right, “fear” is a big reason why so many newbies want to start out using a different name or whatever to cloak their identitity. It’s scary being transparent at first! At least for some individuals. Others need a few boundaries. LOL

      If you put out a top ten from your blog, please tag me. 🙂



  2. Ravi Chahar says:    •   3 years

    Hey Matthew,

    The list contains all the informative articles.;)

    I like the way you have crafted the article about writing the post headlines. People really need such guide.

    Copywriting and marketing, both have their own places and it’s important that people should know the difference.

    I would love to read all of the those. Just a couple of minutes and I am going to rock it.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Ravi,

      Rock it out! LOL On those three interviews, you can listen to the audio while you do the dishes or go for a walk or whatever. 🙂



  3. Ed Smith says:    •   3 years

    Thanks for the tips Matt

    I am wanting to learn to blog about travel. My goal is to be free financially to do travel until I die. So I want to be able to build a home based biz by targeting the right audience. I am in the network marketing travel industry and want to build this.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Sounds like an interesting niche, Ed.

      What specific companies are a part of “network marketing travel industry”?


  4. Suresha B says:    •   3 years

    Hey Matthew Loomis

    I feel today Great Day!

    Because I Found Awesome blog and I am reading know great post. thanks for sharing.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Suresha! Enjoy!

  5. Ed Smith says:    •   3 years

    World Ventures

    We should hit the billion dollar mark this year.


  6. Clare Newbury says:    •   3 years

    Each of these posts is helpful and informative in its own way. I found the odd numbered ones, plus #2 particularly interesting.
    I really have trouble with the whole marketing/advertising concept for a personal (and IMO dysfunctional) reason that I am having trouble overcoming: My abusive ex-husband was in the ad biz, and I had to hear about his day’s triumphs and tribulations every night while he drank himself into a stupor. I am left with the impression that the advertising and marketing fields are fraught with narcissism, egomania, legal (but not necessarily moral) deception, hyperbole, and attempts to get away with saying whatever might entice (or trick) someone into forking over their money for a product of some sort that they may not even need.
    I have many thoughts, ideas, and opinions that I would like to share about nature, animals, consciousness, collective consciousness, cosmic consciousness, and spirituality, but I would possibly need to do it anonymously. Thank you for all the helpful information you provide. I hope one of these days to be ready to start my blog.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Claire,

      I’m sorry about your ex-husband.

      I think the more you learn about content marketing and how different it is from advertising, you will fall in love with it and embrace the practice. Content marketing is about relationship building and developing trust.

      Looking forward to hearing about your new blog. I hope you’ll take the plunge soon. I’m here if you need help.