Another year is behind us, so as per the established tradition, it’s time to have a look at some statistics. I started MyForeverTravel in 2018, which means that it has been running for nearly 2 years. So, we can now have a look at the most popular posts of 2019, but also the most popular posts of all time.
But, before I start with the lists, I would like to mention that my website grew considerably in 2019. I published 40 new posts, so in addition to 26 from 2018, the total number of posts on the website is now 66. It is still a relatively low number, but the time is on my side. In other words, there will be many new posts in 2020, as I continue to travel and to write about my experiences and places that I will visit.
In terms of traffic, compared with 2018, the number of visitors increased by 166% in 2019. It’s a significant growth, hopefully this is a trend that will continue in 2020 and beyond.
Finally, a very big and important achievement that I need to mention is that MyForeverTravel has been voted the “Best Personal Travel Blog 2020 – UK” by the LUX Magazine Travel & Tourism Awards. I am very honoured and proud of this award. There are so many travel blogs on the internet, so to be identified, selected and awarded is almost a miracle. At the same time, it means that I am probably doing something that stands out from everyone else.
TOP TEN POSTS OF 2019
When it comes to the Top Ten post for 2019, there aren’t many surprises. Inevitably, articles that I published at the beginning of the year had most views. In fact, the most recent post that features in the list is from the beginning of June 2019. It means that later posts had fewer views and could not compete with the earlier ones. But, as you will see, one post from 2018 came out of nowhere and secured a place in the Top Ten. Also, several posts from the second half of 2019 are making significant advances in terms of views and popularity. Thus, the Top Ten list may look completely different in 2020. We will see, especially as all already published articles will compete with the new ones.
I published this post at the end of January last year. The article is about the most important historical site in Belgrade, the old fortress that overlooks the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers.
I am very glad that this post made it into the Top Ten. In this article, I talk about supplements that I take on a regular basis, in order to support my immune system and overall health. I published it at the end of March last year.
This is the only 2018 post that made it into the Top Ten list of most viewed post of 2019. I was slightly surprised with its sudden popularity, although Suzhou is a phenomenal place and probably a lot of people were searching for information on this city and came across my post.
I published this post on the 1st June last year, so this is the most recent post included in the Top Ten list. The article is about the Yugoslav paintings in the National Museum in Belgrade. However, I need to mention that the second post that completes the story of the Yugoslav art was also very popular, in the 11th place. We will see how both posts will do this year.
This was the first post that I published last year and it talks about the Serbian capital city. I am not surprised that this article is in the Top Ten. It’s interesting because it is about a city that very few people that I know have visited. At the same time, it had the longest available time to attract views.
This post, published at the beginning of February last year, talks about a small museum in Belgrade. It’s an Ottoman style house, very atmospheric and it houses a very interesting exhibition on the “Interiors of the 19th Century Serbian Homes in Belgrade”.
This post is about the crypt of the magnificent Saint Sava church, still under construction in Belgrade. However, the crypt is finished, it’s open to the public and it is magnificent.
I knew that posts on National Museum Belgrade would be popular, but I didn’t think that they would be popular to the point that they would hold the top three positions. This post had 52% more views than the post in the 4th position. The article is about a magnificent collection of frescoes and icons exhibited in the National Museum in Belgrade.
The 2nd position goes to the article that talks about international paintings in the National Museum in Belgrade. This article was slightly ahead of the post in the 3rd position. I am not surprised as the collection is marvellous and it is certainly very interesting for art lovers interested to know what’s in the museum, but for some reason either can’t or do not want to visit Belgrade and the museum. Anyhow, this post is a great opportunity to see what’s there, it’s rather comprehensive although it does not show absolutely everything that’s in the museum.
By far, the most popular post and an absolute winner is an article on the Serbian painting. This post had 72% more views than the post in the 2nd position. It is viewed on a daily basis. It is also one of my most favourite posts.
TOP TEN POSTS OF ALL TIME
When it comes to the Top Ten posts of all time, the situation is slightly different, but at the same time very interesting. Four posts that were in the list last year are still there, although in different positions. One post from 2018, that did not feature last year, is now in the Top Ten. So, in addition to five posts from 2018, there are also five posts from 2019 in this list. However, I think that this list will soon change as there are some other posts that are getting frequent views and are steadily advancing to the top. For the time being, the top three posts in this list are the same as the top three posts for 2019 and there is every chance that they will continue to be popular, thus maintaining the top position.
10. PRINCESS LJUBICA’S RESIDENCE – BELGRADE
9. CRYPT OF SAINT SAVA CHURCH – BELGRADE
3. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – SERBIAN MEDIEVAL ART
2. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION
1. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – SERBIAN 18th AND 19th CENTURY PAINTING
TOP TEN COUNTRIES – PER NUMBER OF VIEWS
Finally, here is the Top Ten Countries list, according to the number of views in 2019. Unsurprisingly, the UK is in the top position, but that’s because most people that I know are from the UK. They regularly check my new posts and generate views, for which I am very grateful. I’ve also had visitors from a lot of countries worldwide. Some interesting ones that I want to mention are Trinidad & Tobago, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tanzania and Zambia. There were visitors to MyForeverTravel from 85 different countries in total, in 2019.
1. UNITED KINGDOM
2. UNITED STATES
So, these are the results at the end of 2019. I look forward to seeing how my website will continue in 2020. I know that it will be an exciting year in terms of both the travelling that I am planning to do and the posts that I will write and publish here on MyForeverTravel.