6 Blog Posts That Did Surprisingly Well Organically

We often create content hoping it will get views, get shared, or get some reach but there's never a true formula to success. Looking back over the years here are six posts of mine that did surprisingly well on their own — or as we like to call in the business: organically.


Organic success is the best success because it means that someone out there is actively clicking a link rather than being prompted to due so from an ad. Walk with me through the past to see exactly which of my posts did well & how they were successful. Some of these may surprise you because they certainly surprised me. Take a look!
This is my most viewed post of all time by a landslide. I get consistent views every day, every hour almost exclusively from Pinterest. How to Tie Dye a Shirt with Bleach is a very Pinterest appropriate post, especially with the relevant photo with easy to read text. It's a crafty, do-it-yourself project, which is super prevalent on Pinterest. The post sometimes gets additional engagement with a comment or question asking how to achieve the best results.


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My Experience at Comedy Central's @midnight Taping

I had no idea this post was going to do so well. My blog is a lifestyle blog after all. I share aspects of my life on it, so I simply wrote about my experience at the show. Little did I know this post would get daily views because people specifically search for @midnight information. This post also gets the occasional comment or question.

social media basics for bloggers

Social Media Basics for Bloggers

It's not so surprising that this post did so well due to the nature of its content. This particular post was my very first social media tips & tricks post for bloggers. It received a lot of initial traction & is beneficial for anyone who blogs. It's informational & relevant for the blogging world. I decided to continue my social media basics for bloggers series due to the success of this post.

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6 Things To Do in Julian, CA

I went on a weekend trip to Julian, California & wrote about my time there. The businesses I mentioned ended up sharing the post, which got shared within the Julian community. That said, most of the viewers are Julian-centric, people who live there, or travelers looking for ideas on things to do in Julian.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

This was shared on Reddit by one of the included brands & it gained a lot of views in that community. Reddit is a difficult social media channel to master, so I was happy to see all the views this post received. This is an example of a post that got a lot of organic views but hasn't since its initial posting.
I simply wrote a review about my experience with the Bath & Body Works Wallflower. Apparently I'm not the only person who has one or is interested in purchasing one, because this receives consistent views from those searching for Wallflower reviews.

There you have it. These are six of my most popular & most read blog posts that did well organically. I continue to be amazed at the success of My Experience at Comedy Central's @midnight Taping. Let me know if you have any questions!

Which post of yours did surprisingly well organically? :]

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67 comments

  1. Carmen Jny (carmitive)May 2, 2016 at 1:24 AM

    Wow such a cool post and great recap :) I loved the one called Social Media Basics for Bloggers :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  2. great post! thanks for sharing :)

    http://patricialopman.blogspot.com.es/

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  3. thefashionfolksMay 2, 2016 at 3:37 AM

    So true that some posts kind of gets a life of their own and you are not to sure why they attracted the most views/engagement! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  4. Great information. It's always good to see what other bloggers posted that was successful. Especially if it is simple things.

    Inspire us to keep working! =) xo, Deborah

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  5. Nice idea for a post Carmen! I randomly got a massive spike in my views one day last week and I am always curious to how this happens! - wish every day was like that! haha!

    The Dazzle Guide

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  6. Very nice, Carmen! I love when that happens too. It's pretty reassuring when a post you're not 100% confident takes off. After about a year, I still have a terrible sense of what will be huge vs. a dud.

    -- Dara // www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

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  7. Very cool, it's interesting to see what led people to our posts. Making things easy to relate to is key!

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  8. These are all great post ideas and they are also very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing and have a great week!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  9. Really great posts and interesting to see which ones did well organically. Thanks for sharing! I've found reviews do really well organically.

    ~Krisztina
    http://www.krisztinawilliams.com

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  10. Some amazing posts here Carmen, I'm totally not surprised they're so popular as they totally deserve the hype ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  11. I love that you have so many comments. There are a ton of blogs out there that are very interesting, garner a lot of views, and yet no one comments? For a while, I was starting to think that people have stopped interacting, but your blog has taught me otherwise. Yay!

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  12. I just love this kind of posts!:) They are fun to read and helpful at the same time. I have almost no presence on Pinterest right now, but it seems like a great social media channel. Thank you so much for sharing and have a great week:)

    http://www.yuliannova.com/

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  13. I've really been interested in reading blogging tips posts lately so this fit in perfectly! It seems like the ones that offer advice or info seem to do the best! Thanks for the insight :)

    Mili

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  14. i feel like any posts that are actually informative and helps with people and their blogging/social media skills will always be a big hit. people just want to learn something new and improve so i can totally see why they're a big hit. i love reading them too!

    www.fionnac.com

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  15. Really interesting post, thanks for sharing! I guess it just shows the power of SEO and sharing :)
    A post of mine that got a lot of views was my review of my city's fashion week. I shared it on the subreddit for my city and it did surprisingly well considering the reddit post got a few "fashion is so shallow" comments.

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  16. ive seen the first post on Pinterest :D on my way to read the others!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  17. Oh these posts look great! I'm especially interested in the social media post! Gonna have a look at them now :) Thank you so much for sharing! SOmetimes it's really the posts you do not expect to do well but some random others -so weird!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

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  18. Your blog is amazing – keep up the good work!
    Please check out my blog too. That are absolutely stunning photos!

    violaroth.com

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  19. Miriam WoodburnMay 3, 2016 at 4:42 AM

    Thanks for sharing, funny how things work out sometimes!

    www.miriamwoodburnblog.co.uk

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  20. Interesting post babe! Thanks for sharing!

    X Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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  21. I need a gift guide for my husband and that is prefect. thanks for sharing.

    www.lifewithalk.blogspot.com

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  22. i like this post.. its always interesting to see what does well compared to what you THINK will gage interest.. love the tye die one btw xxo
    Jamie
    www.jamieeverafter.com

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  23. My thoughts exactly! It can be so unpredictable at times. Always interesting to see what people respond to :)

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  24. This is a cool idea to make a post about! Maybe this will be your next viral organic post ;)... Mine I feel are more typical, so I'm never really too shocked. Usually travel tips/guides are really popular that I do. And then coffee shop reviews. Beauty comes in last as no surprise, because the blog market is so overly saturated.

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  25. This is so interesting for me to read. I'm quite a new blogger and need all the little hints & tips I can get. Thankyou for sharing this with us! :)

    Katie | Words By Katie

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  26. It's always so interesting to see what does well. It just goes to show that all ideas are worth exploring because you never know what will resonate with people! I've wanted to visit Julian for quite a while and will have to check out your post on it!

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  27. Social Media Basics for Bloggers! Love that read. Very informative and helpful.

    xx
    atsunamatsui.com

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  28. My most popular post (views, not comments) were the ColourPop Ultra Matte lipsticks. Oh my gosh it was crazy! I checked the popular keywords and most were associated with ColourPop. I recently ordered the Ultra Satin lipsticks so I am wondering how that's gonna pan out...

    Hannah
    Floraful

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  29. How cool, I've never read a post like this before :) posts that always do really well on my blog are reviews about new Essence makeup products!

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  30. This was such an interesting post, I don't think I've ever bothered to check out which are some of mine most popular posts ever but definitely will now :) It's also funny how it's almost impossible to predict which post will be successful and which one will go pretty much unnoticed.

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  31. That's awesome, great job! My most viewed post is a review for a Syoss hair dye, and it's one of the oldest posts ever on my blog. Although it's quite basic, it seems it gets the most views from Google. And another review for an eyeliner gets the most views from Pinterest. Which is cool, I can't complain about it :)
    Kisses,
    www.bloggerissa.com

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  32. Hopefully you found some good info there. :]

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  33. Absolutely. It's always hard to know how something will do initially. :]

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  34. Precisely. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  35. Interesting Lauren. What post was it for? :]

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  36. I don't think there are duds. We shouldn't blog for the sole purpose of popularity - it should authentic to yourself & your readers. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  37. That's true. Relatable, relevant. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  38. Reviews can do well. There are so many out there, so it's good to focus on new, hot button products & then some unique, niche ones. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  39. Ha thanks Sophie. What are some of your most popular posts? :]

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  40. All social channels require work & upkeep. Try to spend 30 once a week to update your Pinterest - adding posts & photos but also liking & pinning from others. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  41. Blogging tips are always useful! What are your most popular posts? :]

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  42. Absolutely. It's always nice to understand your readers & how to attract new ones. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  43. Haha! Oh really? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  44. Yep yep yep. Social media is always changing. That's interesting that your fashion week post did so well. Was it searched for or just clicked/viewed a lot? :]

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  45. I have a whole social media series. Hopefully you find something valuable in there. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  46. It's good to let go of the expectations of wanting views & just aim to put out valuable, rich posts. What are your most popular posts? :]

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  47. Yes, it varies too. That's why it's key to understand your reader! What are some of your popular posts, Amelia? :]

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  48. Maybe :] Coffee shop reviews. That's interesting. Are your views from people searching for the shop itself or clicking from your shared links? :]

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  49. Glad to help. I have a whole social media series for bloggers. You can read them all here: http://www.itscarmen.com/search?q=social+media

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  50. There's more! I have a whole social media series for bloggers. You can read them all here: http://www.itscarmen.com/search?q=social+media :]

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  51. Exactly Kasie. Just explore until you truly understand your blog, brand, & readers. Julian is a really cute place to visit. :]

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  52. Yes! ColourPop is super up-&-coming at the moment, so I am not surprised. :]

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  53. Then keep doing Essence reviews! Awesome. :]

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  54. You should, that way you can keep note to do similar posts. What are your most popular ones? :]

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  55. Very interesting. No complaints! It's nice to analyse & see what works. :]

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  56. My most popular posts are mostly ones where I talk about a trend I'm loving or round up inspiration from pinterest & other blogs :)

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  57. Clicking from shared links! :)

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  58. So interesting. I always love seeing what people like to read and how they respond to posts.

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

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  59. What a great post! I love reading posts like this. Well done x
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

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  60. Oddly, my most popular posts are the very first post I ever wrote which talked about moving to a Australia and the post I wrote about losing a parent.

    Stephanie
    Adventures in Aussieland

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  61. I loved this recap, I clicked on the social media basics one already :P I actually posted something so similar to this yesterday on my blog! :P

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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  62. Great post! It's interesting to see what ends up being popular - it's often completely unexpected haha. I think my most popular post is one of my first, investigating an abandoned victorian tree house.

    weirdwonderfulwanderlust.blogspot.com

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  63. Those are all great posts. I can see why they did well! :-)

    Jennylovesbeauty.com

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  64. Very Great, insightful post! One can actually learn a lot from what you shared, so thanks!!! I want to get better at getting my stuff out there.

    www.theoccupiedoptimist.blogspot.com

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  65. Ok TOTALLY agree on all points. Meaningful, personal blog comments go a long way! Someone put in a lot of time to create that post, and if you're going to leave a comment, at least make it a good one ;)

    Love your blog btw!

    xx, Amy
    theluxilook.com

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  66. I love reading thoughtful comments on my blog regarding the text. I make an effort to keep the text short and generic. It hurts when people leave thoughtless comments behind.
    I do get it, it's self-promoting but I've made it my goal to always read before comment and it's appreciated when others do too:)
    Thanks so much for the inspirational post Carmen.
    Cheers,
    T.
    https://tbymallano.com/

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  67. Sinéad Danielle ✿November 9, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comments are such a brilliant source of traffic and way to gain new readers. PLUS I always pick up inspiration for my own posts when I go on a commenting spree! I once read somewhere to phrase your comments as you would a blog post, which I think is a great philosophy to adopt!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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