The Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2016 by Social Shares
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If you are a travel blogger, read on…
As a follow-up to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 and The Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015, I’m in the process of compiling a list of The Top Travel Blog Posts of 2016 by Social Shares, and I’d love for you to participate.
If you’ve had a travel blog post that’s done exceptionally well on social media in 2016, I hope you’d like to submit it for consideration for the list.
Your article must have been originally published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 to be included.
Use this Google Form to submit your travel blog post:
Top Travel Blog Posts of 2016 by Social Shares Q&A
How is this list different?
There are a few sites that maintain regular lists of Top Travel Blogs, but this is the only list devoted to social sharing performance of individual travel blog articles.
How are the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts by Social Shares measured?
This list will use BuzzSumo to determine the social popularity of each post. Metrics used will include Facebook (Likes, Shares, and Comments), Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn.
This is slightly different that the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 and 2015 where ShareTally was used. I messaged the developer of ShareTally who shared that the tool has not been updated in two years and that the website would be taken down soon. BuzzSumo was the best alternative to ShareTally that I could find.
NOTE: Since Twitter has removed share counts from its API, the number of Twitter shares may be in question, but will still be included in the list as per BuzzSumo results. Also, since BuzzSumo does not measure StumbleUpon shares, StumbleUpon will not be included in this year’s results.
Why not use Google Analytics as a measure?
For a few reasons.
First, not everyone is comfortable sharing their private analytics information. Second, some sites may have Google Analytics code installed incorrectly, resulting in inflated page views. Finally, this information is already available publicly using sites such as BuzzSumo, so there is not need to submit any private or personal information.
What’s in it for me?
If you work with advertisers, tourism boards, or PR companies, you know that sometimes you’ll need verifiable social proof to share with those parties. This list will give you a good indication of how well your articles are doing socially, using other travel blog articles as a benchmark. You’ll also get an idea of what type of content is popular within the travel sphere, and what sorts of articles result in clickable and shareable content.
Also, this is an opportunity for smaller, niche, and even newer sites that don’t appear on those Top 50 or Top 100 lists to get more exposure, since it is measured by individual blog post performance instead of overall site performance. Plus it gives you a nifty little notch in your belt to add to your “Work with Me” or “In The Media” pages.
You’ll also get a do-follow link back to your site if your blog post is included.
What if I don’t want to submit my article?
Not a problem. This is a voluntary submission, and I understand not all bloggers would like their blog posts ranked.
Will the data be kept private?
Your email will not be shared with anyone, but the social share data for your blog article will be. Unlike Google Analytics, social share information is readily available to anyone on the web using sites like BuzzSumo.
How do I submit my article?
Just fill out this Google form: The Top Travel Blog Posts of 2016 by Social Shares
Can I submit more than one article?
Yes. As long as it was originally published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, feel free to submit as many as you think would be suitable. Remember, it is based upon social shares. Note that any articles originally published prior to January 1, 2016 and updated during 2016 will not be considered.
What if I don’t think my post is “viral” enough to be included?
You’ll never know for certain unless you submit. Some posts don’t do well on Facebook, but may have taken off on other sites like Pinterest or Google+. This list measures performance across all major social media platforms. If it has more than 3000 shares, please consider submitting it.
When will the results be published?
The results will be published in mid-February 2017 on Man On The Lam. You’ll receive an email confirming your inclusion if you choose to participate.
Will this list be ongoing?
This will probably be the last year that I compile this list. There is a lot of work involved to narrow the posts down to 100, and engagement on last year’s list was not as great as I had hoped for the amount of effort.
— All articles submitted must have been originally published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
— Only travel blog articles about travel will be considered. Articles on blogging, digital nomadism, dating, social media, or any other non-travel related topic cannot be added.
— This list is for independent travel blogs only. Non-independent travel site articles (e.g. Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, Lonely Planet, Daily Mail, LifeHacker, Buzzfeed, etc.) will not be considered.
— For this round, only English-language blog posts will be considered. (National Geographic in Poland came out with their own list last year for Polish-language travel blog posts, so if you’d like to do your Top 100 list for own for your native language, you have my blessing.)
Thanks so much for your time! And please let me know if you have any questions or comments — just send me an email.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Submit your travel blog article before end of day February 15, 2017 here: