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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
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.