Dec 312015


Which are the most shared  viral  blog posts of 2015 ?

OK, ladies and gentlemen, traveler and tourists here is the customary good by post for 2015.  Not that I am a great believer in customary post but as we bid adieu to 2015 let me go back to 2015 and look at most shared travel blog posts of desi Traveler. By the readers. First of all let us understand what I mean by shared and viral posts:

A post for me is shared or viral if it is shared more than 100 times, by readers or social network. This does not include the times I have shared it on the net. Because when I am sharing it on net it is not viral it is promotion.

So with desi definition of viral out of way let us move forward. Now since I too share my travel blog post on internet via twitter, Facebook etc. rather than taking posts shared 100 times or more I have considered only posts that were share more than 200 times.  This will eliminate numbers that added because of my own sharing of the blog.  The highest number on the sharing widget was used for the sake of simplicity, and as twitter has now stopped giving share counts on blog posts so the posts that were shared maximum number of times on twitter were automatically eliminated.

But first let me share  5 reasons why posts that go viral are important

  • Free Traffic
  • Reach New readers
  • More followers
  • Proof of a post that readers love
  • Increased chances of link backs 

So let us start looking at these posts one by one

10-  Visit To Ajmer Sharif Dargah: My account of visit to Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan is documented in this post. The best part I like about this post is that almost all the pictures in this post were clicked by my old cell phone that had only a 5 mp basic camera. I could not take the camera inside the Dargah as cameras except for those on cellphones are not allowed in the Dargah. What can I say except that the blessings of  Khwaza saheb worked in favor of this post. Shares at time of writing:  231

Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Ajmer Sharif Dargah

9.  Food Walk in Chandni Chowk:    It was not an ordinary food walk, for we were accompanying celebrity chefs Zahie Talez and Chef Gerardo from Mexico and the idea was to showcase the best of Indian Street Food to them. So what could be better place for Indian street food than Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi 6 ? Check the post for some of the mouth watering vegetarian dishes we sampled with the chefs . I think food along with magic of gullies of old Delhi worked in favor of this post. Shares at the time of writing: 244

Chandni Chowk Food Walk Paranthe Wali Gali

Paranthe Wali Gali- Chandni Chowk

8. Agrasen Ki Baoli:   Now hidden by high-rises in Connaught Place in the capital Delhi, Agarsen Ki Baoli was once the hub of activities and is one of the finest examples of step wells found in Delhi and surrounding areas. Though now devoid of any water, you should check pictures clicked by Shree Raghu Rai of kids jumping into the waters of Agarsen Ki Baoli to get an idea what we have destroyed.  Agrasen Ki Baoli got back in limelight when it was showcased in the controversial yet successful Bollywood movie PK, where Aamir Khan’s character is shown to live here. Indeed I was able to find and click a very similar character when I visited Agrasen Ki Baoli.  I think an ancient stepwell combined with Bollywood charm worked in favor of this post.  Shares at the time of writing: 264

Agarsen Ki Baoli

PK in Agarsen Ki Baoli 🙂

7.- Sarson Ke Khet The golden fields of Punjab are an eternal favorite of the eternal romantics and after the magical Bollywood movie DDLJ or ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge“, a whole generation dreams of meeting their Simran in these golden Sarson Ke Khet ( Mustard Fields ).  What do I say what worked in the favor of this post ?  I would say Bollywood magic along with some of my better pictures ? What do you say ? Shares at the time of writing: 295

Sarson Ke Khet Punjab DDLJ

Punjab ke Sarson Ke Khet are a dream destination in themselves since DDLJ

6.  Golconda Fort & Legend of Bhakta Ramdas  There are many legends associated with the formidable Golconda Fort in Hyderabad including an ancient Mahakali Temple right next to the palace of the former Qutub Shahi rulers, then there are stories about tunnels going all the way to Charminar. But one of the most intriguing story is of Bhakta Ramdas who was accused of bungling royal treasury and making a Rama Temple in Bhadrachalam. The  emperor imprisoned him only to later release him as the money was repaid in the treasury. Who paid the debt ? Well read the  Legend of Bhakta Ramdas to know more. Shares at the time of writing: 310

Ramdas jail Golconda Fort

Bhakta Ramdas jail is now a temple in Golconda Fort

5.  Women Leaders of GHAC:  I have shared earlier the role GHAC or Great Hyderabad Adventure Club has played in building a culture of outdoors in the laid back Hyderabad, but do you know GHAC does not believe in gender bias and both women and men are treated at par and need to go through same training if they want to lead outdoor expeditions. It is not uncommon to see a girl leading a majority male group outdoors because she is better equipped and trained to lead the group. Read about the Women Leaders of GHAC as they achieve newer heights in travel and adventure leadership. Shares at the time of writing: 314

GHAC Women leaders Hyderabad

Women in leadership in travel and adventure

4.  Drive With SOUL : I think this was my first trip of 2015, when I visited Jim Corbett National Park with a passionate group of Safari drivers who love there Safaris more than anything else. So much so that they call their group SOUL. It was an awesome road trip through and in less than 300 KM I crossed 4 states – Haryana, Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand.  Check the post for some stories from the road and the passion these guys with SOUL bring to the road. Shares at the time of writing: 349

Tata Safari in mountains

A Drive with SOUL in Tata Safaris

3.  Loi Krathong Festival  I am actually a bit surprised though happy on the success, sharing and going viral of this post. Because this was a post written about Loi Krathong celebrations in New Delhi, while my earlier post about me attending Loi Krathong in Bangkok Thailand did not get such a good sharing response.  So I leave it to you to read both the posts one about Loi Krathong in Delhi and the other in Loi Krathong in Bangkok and decide which one you like more. Shares at the time of writing: 387    

Loi Krathong Festival

Loi Krathong Festival Celebrations

2.  March Calendar 2015  This is the most shared desi Travel Calendar so far. As I get ready to share the 2016 Calendar with readers, let us see if this picture depicting Lakshman Sagar in Rajasthan remains the most shared or we get another one getting bigger shares in 2016. When I asked readers about there choice of pictures for their calendar in 2015 this was chosen by maximum people for calendar also. Shares at the time of writing: 491

Lakshman Sagar Rajasthan

Heritage Palace Hotel – Lakshman Sagar

1.   Petra By Night:  Rather than giving you statistics about the most shared blog  post of 2015 I would just like to say this–“ Petra is great during day, but Petra by night is pure magic.” Visit this post that first appeared in the Jetwings magazine’s international edition to see how many times it has been shared. Like I said – Petra By Night is pure magic 🙂

Petra By Night

Petra by day is great, but Petra by Night is pure magic

So dear reader with this I would like to say thanks a lot for reading and sharing posts on desi Traveler, this would have not been possible without the love showered by all of you wonderful people who read and share posts on desi Traveler. “I’m sharing my #TalesOf2015 with BlogAdda.”

I hope your love, visits and sharing continue in 2016 for desi Traveler, with this I would like to bid goodbye to 2015 and wish you all a ” Happy and Prosperous New Year 🙂 “

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  38 Responses to “Most shared blog posts of 2015 on desi Traveler”

Comments (38)
  1. Food walk in Chandni Chowk was absolutely lip-smacking and my favourite.

    Guess it has to do with me being such a big foodie.

  2. With those many shares, I would consider myself lucky. On a serious note, I think your posts are brilliant and they should reach out to more people. A lovely reminder of last year. Wish you more success and reach in 2016.

  3. Nice recall! I am a new visitor here.. will check out all posts mentioned here.

  4. Your Petra post and the full post on Lakshman Sagar (from the year before last)were so beautiful that I remember them so well.

    Great going, Desitraveler!! Here’s wishing you a longer list for 2016. 🙂

  5. Hi Prasad,

    Great to know that Most shared blog posts of 2015 on desi Traveler. You’ve been awesome during the year. Hope your post will boost the viral numbers in 2016 for all of us. Have great new year 2016.

    Thank you.

  6. that is great and all the best for the new year 🙂

  7. Loved reading the post. However one thing got me stuck, twitter has deprecated its count since November 2015 then how your twitter count is being updated? Curious me. 🙂

    • It is not.. and I mention that in the blog post in the second para itself.. The twitter count you see here is from external plugin Sharethis that I use on this blog which calculates only the post tweeted from here and not if the URL is tweeted by copying pasting in Twitter. That is why the post on Petra day visit was eliminated though it got tweeted more than 600 times.

  8. We wish you many such travel delights in 2016!! Have a fantastic year ahead 🙂

  9. Nice ones all of them. Have a nice year ahead!

  10. Congratulations to you.
    I still don’t understand how to calculate correctly the sharing numbers.

    • The plugin does it.. you don’t have to do any manual calculations. The numbers are displayed with the sharing buttons, try sharing any post on my blog and see the number change after you have shared and refreshed the post. Twitter changes almost immediately, others sometimes take time due to server latency …

  11. Wow! Each post beautiful than the other and Petra at night is indeed pure magic! Loved each moment I spent on desi traveler in 2015, here’s wishing it a fabulous 2016! 🙂

  12. Interesting, I was told a viral post is one that has been shared more than 2000 times. With your parameters I feel much better.

  13. All are awesome! No wonder they went viral:)

  14. Awesome posts and pics.
    Best wishes for 2016

  15. How do you calculate which post was shared how many times? I know dumb question but your post makes me curious.

    • The plugin calculates it automatically every time a post is shared and displays it against the social media it was shared, it is at the bottom of each post e.g Twitter =5, Facebook =10 , Shares: 25 etc. I am not sure if it is foolproof but I have just taken the highest count on each post

  16. We enjoyed reading this post. Most posts made to sum up 2015 sound the same, but your unique approach has made this posts outstanding. There is a good information for the travel blogger community. Hope your post will boost the viral numbers in 2016 for all of us. Thank you Prasad. Happy New Year in advance 🙂

  17. Obviously it’s been a fantastic year for you Prasad. And richly deserved too. The ways in which you narrate your experiences and capture them with your camera are sheer art.

    Hoping to vicariously enjoy many more journeys of yours in 2016. And maybe after a few years, I’ll emulate your lifestyle too 🙂

  18. Best wishes for 2016

  19. Wow, you’ve been awesome during the year. So many happy moments (from each post) you have.

    Have a fantastic New Year 🙂

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