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What are your top 3 sources of traffic?

  1. misterhollywood profile image92
    misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago

    Hi, all!

    I thought I would ask a fun but useful question. What are your top 3 sources of traffic. What, if anything, do you do to drive traffic through these sources?

    For me, it's Google Plus, Pinterest and some social media communities.

    Thanks!

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      My top 3 traffic sources are Google, HubPages itself, and Bing, in that order.

      1. misterhollywood profile image92
        misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for the information!

    2. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Mine are Google, Linked In and Facebook so far.

      1. misterhollywood profile image92
        misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I will have to try Linked In - always for get about them.

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Oh! LinkedIn is also a good source of traffic for me. So, I will have to change my top 3 as:

          Google+
          Linked In
          HubPages

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I use Google+ and it helps a lot. My other two largest sources for traffic are FaceBook and HubPages.

    4. Theresa Jonathan profile image80
      Theresa Jonathanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I have been a googler for a long time and recently discovered HubPages.  I wonder if other channels could improve my research for updated information!

    5. missolive profile image95
      missoliveposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi! smile
      Here are my top 5 traffic sources for the last year...as per Google Analytics "All Traffic"
      1. Google/Organic
      2. Direct
      3. Pinterest/referral
      4. Bing/organic
      5.Yahoo/organic

      As for top 5 social media referrals...
      1. Pinterest
      2. HubPages
      3. Facebook
      4. YouTube
      5. Twitter

  2. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 2 years ago

    All time:

    google.com    1342152
    pinterest.com    641506
    google.co.uk    212359

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Very helpful information - thanks for posting this!

  3. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 2 years ago

    Google, Google, and Google.  wink

    google.com       
    google.co.uk       
    google.ca           

    Which is actually a bad sign; it's better to be diversified as you are with Bing kicking in its share. Facebook is #4 for me, which is interesting, since I don't use Facebook.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image89
      DrMark1961posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Google, Hubpages, and Pinterest.
      Since Google is 90% of the total, does diversity really matter?

    2. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I never thought about it but you are right - the sources need to be diversified!

  4. janshares profile image90
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    Google hands down, probably 90%, followed by a little Bing, and a sprinkle of Yahoo.

  5. Lee Hansen profile image73
    Lee Hansenposted 2 years ago

    Organic traffic from a variety of sources is one way I survived Panda and Penguin. When  traffic dropped from Google, Bing and Pinterest brought in visitors who bookmarked and shared. I'm getting plenty of Google traffic these days on my web sites (still working on my first hub) but am glad to see it's diversified.

  6. OldRoses profile image87
    OldRosesposted 2 years ago

    Google, Pinterest and HubPages.  And yes diversity matters even if Google is 90% of the total.  That 90% is right now.  It could change in the future so it's always a good idea to diversity.

  7. electronician profile image92
    electronicianposted 2 years ago

    Literally the only traffic sources which show in the list here on Hubpages for me are various different Google domains, my own subdomain in 3rd place, and hubpages.com in 9th place.

    The only things I do to drive traffic other than writing good quality hubs is to try to write on topics which people might be searching for, and try to include possible search terms in the title.

    I would love to get more social media traffic but most of my hubs are informative rather than entertaining and I think that kind of content doesn't do as well on social media. Plus the only site I realy use myself is Twitter, and I don't like the idea of spending loads of time on the other sites just to try to use them for traffic -- I don't think it would be worth the time apart from anything else.

    1. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I like what you mentioned about the title of the hub - that makes a lot of sense. Do you use any software or programs to help you with titles?

      1. electronician profile image92
        electronicianposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        No, never used any software tools. I don't even research keywords or anything these days either.

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I don't use software either.  I choose my own titles and make sure they relate strongly to the information in my hub.  I have taken some excellent training courses on sites I wrote for (BellaOnline, Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices and HubPages suggestions) and am very alert to the best type of titles to use.

  8. stuff4kids profile image96
    stuff4kidsposted 2 years ago

    Used to be 90% Google, some direct and Hubpages. However, recently rebranded and started a carefully targeted off-line campaign. The result so far is traffic more than doubled and hubs being shared , with new mix of 70% Google, 20% direct (and rising) and the other 10% from social sharing or blogs. Still too soon to say if this is a good longterm strategy but I will share more when I have the data.

  9. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago

    My top three sources are google.com, google.co.uk, and google.ca--in that order.

  10. ChristinS profile image93
    ChristinSposted 2 years ago

    for just hubpages?
    Pinterest, Google, HubPages

    When looking at all of my sites, Google is first, then Pinterest and other social media, then Bing.

    1. incomeguru profile image89
      incomeguruposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      @ChristinS, kindly tell me how to leverage pinterest to increase my traffic. I'll be very grateful for your help.

      1. ChristinS profile image93
        ChristinSposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Look at my hubs, and the hubs of others like wrylilt - we use graphics designed to be shareable, good titles etc.  I also format my hubs, even long ones, to be easily digestible, with good graphics, white space, lists, etc.

          Also, Pinterest will depend largely on what you write about.  The users are mostly women.  The topics that do well there are recipes, DIY, self-improvement, household hints, cooking tips - pretty much anything that appeals largely to women.

        1. incomeguru profile image89
          incomeguruposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I'm humbled and grateful for your help. Warmest thanks.

          1. misterhollywood profile image92
            misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I am too!

  11. Cari Kay 11 profile image94
    Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago

    Google definitely sends the most

    then Yahoo
    then Bing
    and then a number of Google's from other countries smile

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Interesting about Yahoo. I was not sure people were using this very much anymore.

  12. ChrisGibson profile image86
    ChrisGibsonposted 2 years ago

    I'm newer to the HubPage community but I always focus on organic searches, so Google is like 95% of my traffic. Social networks are not my forte

    1. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I think a lot of people skip out on the social media part of things. I wonder however if there are benefits to using this in connection with the search engines?

      1. ChrisGibson profile image86
        ChrisGibsonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I'm sure there is but it's hard because a lot of people on FB or Twitter are not really interested in what I'm interested in so it becomes tough to really get a thread of sharing going. I'm not super great at the whole controlling my social media thing.

  13. lovebuglena profile image90
    lovebuglenaposted 2 years ago

    I just checked the traffic sources link in my account and according to that for me the top three sources are Google, Google ph and HubPages.

  14. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Hub Pages, Google and then Social Networks

  15. Barbara Kay profile image85
    Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago

    Google, Google.ca, Hubpages

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I love it:)

  16. Cardia profile image88
    Cardiaposted 2 years ago

    For me, the majority comes from Google (.com, .ca, .co.uk, etc) itself, Hubpages, and then smaller contributions from Bing, Pinterest, and surprisingly, Yahoo Answers. I'm really hoping to gain traffic from some more sources if possible.

  17. Kathleen Odenthal profile image93
    Kathleen Odenthalposted 2 years ago

    99% of my traffic comes from google. That is how you make money here. Social media helps, but doesnt bring in the revenue that google does.

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Good advice! Thanks for sharing this

    2. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That makes a lot of sense - thanks for the response!

  18. Uzochukwu Mike profile image60
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 2 years ago

    My sources are google.com, google.com.ng and google.co.in. I did not do much to get traffic from these sources- all about writing good hubs.

    1. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing. Google seems to be the big winner around here

  19. Cruncher profile image87
    Cruncherposted 2 years ago

    Top by far is the various flavours of Google.

    Then Hubpages and internal links from my own subdomain roughly tied second.

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Good to know!

  20. Tolovaj profile image82
    Tolovajposted 2 years ago

    For me: Google (90 percents), HubPages (about 5), than more Google and some traffic from Yahoo and Bing as well. Still a lot of work to do to get traffic from social networks, where Pinterest should be probably best for my hubs ...

    1. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing this information!

  21. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Christina: I noticed something that you do on your hubs which is put videos to the side rather than in center of hub and you do same with images. I don't like the size of photos and videos when place in the center.  They eat up the page.  Is your way better?

    1. ChristinS profile image93
      ChristinSposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Yes and no - on large screens, it does look better.  Unfortunately, it doesn't translate that well on Mobile screens which is why HP is trying to get us to put everything full width in a single line.  I don't like that look and I prefer the way I have my hubs presently, but I may have to resize images and switch layouts eventually since it would appear most of HP's traffic is now coming from mobile devices.  For now, I intend to keep my hubs the way they are because I like how they look and I use them to apply for jobs and as writing samples, and I want them to look good on larger screens.

  22. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    I noticed even if I use 300 pixels, if the image is put in full width, it is still huge.  There must be one set size on HP so it doesn't matter if you make your images smaller before you post them in full width.  I had one at the top of a hub that actually ate up my laptop screen.  I replaced it.

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Very interesting observation - I am going to look at my photos now:)!!

    2. Writer Fox profile image74
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The information you need about photos is here:
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/118555#post2503839

  23. The Examiner-1 profile image83
    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago

    I guess that I would have to say G+, Pinterest, and HP.

    1. misterhollywood profile image92
      misterhollywoodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      G+ is big for me. I am on it a lot.

  24. taiwokareem profile image84
    taiwokareemposted 2 years ago

    Hubpages
    Google
    Facebook
    Twitter

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Twitter - I am going to start using that more!

  25. SimilarSam profile image70
    SimilarSamposted 2 years ago

    Google
    HubPages
    Bing

 
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