I'd assume that those three would be the more popular top three for most people. Probably won't find anything too exciting and new with the first three top traffic sources... Could be way off base though...
I understand that. What I was saying was that I don't know how the trackers equate to the registered sources. Even the reddit which does list as a specific source is much higher in the tracker listings than in the source listings.
StumbleUpon has always been pretty consistent traffic source for me too. I just searched for best paid focus groups hub in yahoo and my hub is at the top WooHoo!!! In my search results it has a small StumbleUpon icon where you can click to see who reviewed and bookmarked your site as well. It showed that someone reviewed mine months back. I think you have to have StumbleUpon installed on your browser to see extra detail.
I don't know how exactly it equates to the traffic sources, but in my referral trackers, the one for blog comments has almost caught up to the default hubpages tracker even though the default had at least a two week headstart. Reddit is running a fairly close third.
Got bored with the ignorant people posting there all the time. I really just got tired of seeing the same old questions repeated, most of which were common sense. I was getting frustrated with the people posting the questions, really. Plus every now and then I would get an error in that I wasn't able to post HP links; I'd have to wait a good month or more before I could post again, and by then I'd just forget about it... :-/
Oh and rereading my comment about posting there, I meant that it is weird that when I quit, the traffic boosts bc other people are posting (I assume) and the older links.
I used to feel like Google Analytics was Greek until I started digging around with it a bit. I discovered you can see where all the traffic came to arrive at each hubpage, which is pretty detailed actually.
It's similar to Yahoo Answers. You just use your knowledge to answer people's questions in different categories. You also can ask questions if you'd like. And every now & then you can strategically weave in your hub links (or other) but not too much or they might accuse you of too much self-promotion.
Can I add another question? Does any experience revenue from these other source, i.e. stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit, and Mixx?
I experience is that the Stumbleupon, Diggs, Reddit hits do not bring in any revenue. I.E. Beleive the revenue comes from the main ones everyone has said, i.e. Yahoo, HP, Google, and MSN live.
But I also believe, to not write off these other sites, because they help you rate hire to the search engines, because your site is registered at different places, which brings you ranking up in importance.
I recently improved my websites really good by by getting articles from it published in blogcatalog.com. My fairly new website jumped from 22 million to under 900,000, and a person I work with says if you can get in the to 1 million website, you can start doing things.
I am going to try to hit that site, and simular sites big on postings.
As would be expected for a new user most of my traffic has come from within Hubpages. However have also managed to get hits from search.yahoo, various Google sites (for some reason especially Indian and Singapore) and a few other random sources. Thats good enough for me though. I am definately going to try out Stumbleupon and Reddit though. Is the idea that you just do thsi for everyone of your hubs? Or just certain ones? Or is it not recommended that you even do it for your own? Don't want to do it and it to be detrimental!
I don't even understand why they have those dopey rules. I can see if you were auto-submitting a hundred hubs or something, but if I write something and I want to promote it, isn't that pretty much what those sites are for?
That's only part of the answer to the promotion of our own stuff.
Good content has to make others vote with a quick submission to these bookmarking sites, if you want to provide some motivation for your articles to be voted for, say so at the end of the article, this will remind them that to vote and submit a short thumbs up or review about the content, which is the nice thing to do if they liked the content.
The likeability factor has to come into play with our content from people who arrive at your content...a vote from yourself may not carry weight with these sites.
bgpappa, I didn't want to come across harsh, so hopefully I didn't. I said what I said about not getting us all banned because it's happened before. In fact, hubpages recently got banned on propeller.com due to self-promotion from hubbers.
What sunforged said is right- actively digg/stumble/promote other sites. In other words, be natural. If you really did it the right way, you'd submit a ton of others' materials, and only your own a handful of times. But I often don't do it the right way
I didn't know we were allowed to submit others people's stuff. Seems odd to me and certaintly don't want to upset anyone. I have emailed a few articles I thought some of my friends would find interesting but that leads them to the author's page. I will try that though, just want to make sure I do it correctly.
I aim for a 20-1 or 25-1 ratio on Digg and stumble, for everyone 1 of my articles, I Digg or stumble at least 20-25 others, but that comes naturally, it's not forced and I don't sit there and count them. If your active on the sites you submit to then they won't care to much.
Also try and avoid "blind" digging/stumbling etc etc. If you want to rate it, then actually click through and read it. They really don't like blind voting.
Hi, I just wanted to follow up to my previous post. 100% of my hub's traffic is from hubpages so far. I don't seem to be indexed yet. What methods are you guys using to get ranked on google if you don't mind me asking?
what those sites are for! ...most have a no "self promotion" clause also a no "spam or overly promotional" clause......its really not that hard to get your account banned - be sure to actively stumble,digg. promote other sites besides your own
there are trading communities for gaming the bookmarking sites
you may need an invite though (i think i can generate 3)- i dont bother with the site....but it can be very useful if you choose to focus on it