Top Posts of 2012, Our most popular and sought after articles of the year!

I always find it interesting to see what people love to read on my site. Especially since then I can know exactly what types of articles you all love to see the most. Then I can write more of them! I thought it would be fun to take a moment today to look back at my top posts of 2012. We get to see which articles were the most popular overall, and the most popular in each of my most popular categories! In a way you can say these are my best posts of the year. Or at least they are the ones that get the most traffic from our many social media channels and from search engines. Take this opportunity to browse our most popular posts and if you are new to our site, it’s an easy way to find our top posts!

Top Posts of 2012, Our most popular and sought after articles of the year!

Top posts of 2012 overall

This last year we had 88,693 Unique Visitors  and 192,725 Pageviews. Not bad seeing as in 2011 we only had 2,281 unique visitors and only 10,352 pageviews for the year. So we have definitely grown leaps and bounds.  Our top 5 posts of 2012 overall had a little surprise for me. Our top post of the year has been the top post of the year all year long. It continually gets traffic and is one people have bookmarked over and over again. I am thinking, it’s a great one! Definitely check it out. A few of the most popular posts are new posts published just within the last few months, so it surprised me that they were popular enough to make it onto the list. But I just love seeing what you, my amazing readers find to be the most interesting content.

1. Best Ever US Cheesecake, No bake recipe

2. Smarties Lightsaber Craft tutorial

3. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Lash review

4. Beware of Dogs

5. If the Shoe Doesn’t fit shoe auction site review.

Top posts of 2012

Top Posts of 2012-Recipes

1. Best ever US Cheesecake

2.  Buttermilk Syrup Recipe

3.  How to create Sparkling Juice: With Soda Stream and DIY Carbonated Juice. One that everyone can make.

4. Homemade hi-Mountain Jerky

5. Christmas potpourri Simmer Pot Recipes

6. Bacon Potato Soup  and Mandarin Orange & bacon salad Recipes

Top Posts of 2012 Baking with Bacon Creamy Bacon and Potato Soup Recipe #MealsTogether #CBias

Top posts of 2012- Crafts, tutorials and More.

1. Smarties Lightsaber tutorial

2. The many uses of Baking Soda

3. Blog Button Tutorial

4. Fashion Fabric Hair Bow no sewing required

5.  DIY Soaking Bath Salts

6. Smarties Christmas Craft

Top posts of 2012 Smarties Lightsaber Halloween Craft Tutorial #IAmASmartie

Top Posts of 2012- Reviews

1. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Lashes

2. Philips wake up light

3.  Lotus Bumz Cloth Diaper

4. Shoe Care Supplies, High Heel Stretcher

5.  Batiste Dry Shampoo

Top posts of 2012 Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical lash and Brow enhancing serum review

Top Posts of 2012- Where My readers come from

So this one isn’t quite about my own articles, but it does have a lot with how my site performed last year. Many bloggers may wonder just where all you amazing readers find my site. It can help them figure out what areas they can improve on to increase readership on their own sites, if they know which sources have brought me great traffic this last year. So these are the top 5 referring sources for our traffic of 2012.

1. Google Search (organic)

2. (I was surprised about this as it has been a horrible traffic source for the last 4 months; so it must be all the traffic it brought me at the beginning of the  year that kept this spot for it).

3. Stumbleupon

4. (From giveaways)

5. Twitter

The irony is if we were to take just the last 3 months, the list of sites would have two very big changes. Twitter would not appear on this list and Facebook would be last, but Pinterest  would be included. Interesting how things change from the beginning of the year and then at the end.


My goals for 2013, is to continue to grow our blog, improve our content, increase recipes and tutorials. I will be getting some advice from my dear friend from MadeByMarzipan, my favorite craft blog, on how to create video tutorials! Then I will hopefully be able to bring you some crochet video tutorials as well!  She is brilliant and if you haven’t checked out her website, you definitely need to! She has amazing craft video tutorials!

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What are your favorite posts on JadeLouise Designs?
Did your favorite make the top posts list?
If not, let me know your favorite article/s in the comments below. I’d love to know!
This is your time to let me know what you love to see for articles.
Once I know what you love to read, I can create more of it for you!

What are your favorites of our Top Posts?



About Amber Edwards

Amber is the owner & editor of JadeLouise Designs located in Wasatch Front of Utah near SLC. She is a stay at home mom to Jonathan (11) Talmage (9) Jade (5) and a little lime baby (Due in September 2015), 1 dog and 1 cat. She loves to read, craft, bake, shop, travel, photography, and being a Mom and homemaker. She loves her family, and is passionate about sharing how to help families design a more family friendly lifestyle.


  1. I am not surprised to se how wellyou are doing. Looks like most of the popular posts are how to or recipes. I loved the US strawberry Cheesecake the best. Keep up the good work

  2. I’m very new to this blog and absolutely love it! To see what I missed makes me look forward to see what comes.

  3. I’m going to have to try the bacon and potato soup! Seems we have soup at least 3 nights/week here!

  4. Love the post round up. What a great way to review the year.

  5. I really like posts that break things down & make it easy for me so I loved this post: THANK YOU!

  6. The smarties post was one of my favorites. You write so well though so I love all of them:)

  7. That cheesecake looks amazing! Congrats on your great stats for the year, too! Keep up the good work! Oh, and I’m so pinning that bacon soup post…My boyfriend will love it!

  8. that pie looks like a must make for 4th of July! Looks refreshing and easy – thank you for sharing!

  9. I can see why that cheesecake was a top post, it looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it this summer. And that potato soup, I am such a foodie! lol

  10. I read your blog pretty often, so I can’t believe I missed the potato soup recipe. We love making it in the wintertime and I’m always looking for new twists on it!

  11. I need to make that no-bake cheesecake this year. So yummy!

  12. What an interesting mix of top posts you have going there =)

  13. I want some of the potatoe soup. I’ll be checking that our for sure!

  14. It is easy to see why that cake did so well! OMG I want to eat it!!

  15. This is a great idea and so many wonderful post indeed for 2012. That bacon soup looks delicious .

  16. Jenn @

    Great collection of posts – I love having everything in one spot! :)

  17. Looks like so many great posts, I can’t wait to check out the bacon soup post…I bet my hubby would love it!

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