Now that 2011 is safely behind us, we decided to pull our stats to see what readers liked best during the year. So if you are looking for a quick and dirty reading list to kick-start 2012, you are in the right place! Here are the ten Small Business Bonfire posts from 2011 that received the highest number of visits, starting with the most popular.

Comment below to let us know which Bonfire post from 2011 was your favorite!

1. Sample Marketing Plan Template – A one-page sample marketing plan template with targeted questions to help you fill in each section, as well as links to more marketing plan tips and resources.

2. Swipe File: Customer Welcome Letter – Jason demonstrates the power of a welcome letter, and gives you a great one to add to your marketing swipe file.

3. 81 Services for Sending Online Invoices A list of services to help you send online invoices, manage the ongoing billing process and get paid on time.

4. Marketing Plan Basics for Small Business Owners – Emily explains the importance of a marketing plan for small businesses, and provides an overview of some of the data your marketing plan should contain.

5. How to Promote Yourself without Being a Jerk – Self-promotion doesn’t have to be icky. Here are a few ways to toot your own horn, and get others to help you out, without being a complete jerk about it.

6. Three Ways to Get the Word Out about Your New Business – Stacey shares three strategies she used to get the word out about her business in her local community.

7. Five Ways to Find the Right People to Follow on Twitter – Tips and resources that will help you save time as you search for the right people to follow on Twitter.

8. Five Essential Small Business Apps That Use the Cloud – Five small business apps that demonstrate how powerful the cloud can be for busy entrepreneurs who need instant access to data, from anywhere.

9. How to Get Deadbeat Clients to Pay Up – Emily shares some useful tips for dealing with clients who have unpaid invoices and won’t pay.

10. Six Steps to Stop Giving Away Too Much for Free – Becky gives us six steps for gracefully handling free requests for your expertise in a way that generates more paying customers.