I wasn't really been sarcastic in my response to you - but I think maybe I have been sarcastic for so long I have forgotten how to just be straight and nice. Kind of automatic - but definitely no offence meant.
I hope so! Although my natural tendency is to amuse myself by winding others up (I know, I know - it's childish and appalling) - I have vowed to control that urge here as I'd quite like to make some money rather than just mess about all the time.
When I look on Analytics at "sources" I think it is - it shows Google organic at the top then yahoo, bing and one or two others I recognise. Then about a hundred lines of what seem to be email addresses, except they are not actual email address - all single hits. And it says referral rather than organic against them.
Just like there are no stupid questions, there are no stupid Ewbies.
Anything you see in "referring sites" in Analytics just means they got to your page by clicking a link on another site. If it's coming from an email address, then the user clicked on an HP link or ad in an email. Some people receive their RSS feeds via their email, so maybe that's where it's coming from? I don't get as many of those, but I do get a few consistently. I just never gave them much thought.
Also, what tends to happen is that other sites will run RSS feeds for specific topics. Like the RSS feed we can use on our articles. You can filter it by topic so it increases your keywords. Anyhow, when you are getting referral traffic that is a GOOD thing! It can also mean that people are organically backlinking to you, another great thing.
One way to find out who is using your link or title is to search your titles in Google. You can use the allintitle command or just put your title in using parenthesis.
I am not sure how our link traffic is counted when our articles show up on other HP articles, on the right side, but it could be that as well. I think something there might help. Hope so!
I was wondering the same thing myself and I'm not sure but I think the answer might be that: don't your followers have the option of getting a notification when you post a new hub? Then every once in a while, one of those followers will actually open up the notification email and click through to your hub? Could be wrong but that's what I think!
I bet lots of your sources are something like 'mail.live.com or gmail.google.com' am I right? That's either followers reading your hubs when they are emailed or people emailing them on to other people.
OR, with the new notification button for comments, it might be whenever you reply to a comment?
OK, I can confirm that I haven't gone viral. I checked my stats a bit more closely. When I had an increase in traffic thanks to a Hubnugget thing - my hubpage traffic went up, as did my 'other' traffic. Which is traffic from email links.
Analytics is so full of info I cannot imagine how much more I can learn about my writing through it. If I don't document how I found something new there, I usually forget how to find it again!
You know that you can go a little viral if you submit your articles to bookmark sites, right? Some of them even have rev share programs. Those are listed on my profile page, but I also submit to Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, and some others. It also helps because they are do follow backlinks, but mainly I really do see increased traffic from them.
I never thought about the email thing, but it's good to know.
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