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Analysis of my HubPages Traffic Sources

Updated on October 12, 2009

Analysis of my HubPages Traffic Sources

HubPages provides a wealth of statistics. This essay focuses on the Traffic Source breakdown page, http://hubpages.com/my/traffic_source. Note that only registered HubPages members have access to this page, and only to their specific data. HubPages does not share this information between hubbers.

The following table breaks down all the referring sites since I started hubbing, about 6 months ago. I have enjoyed 26060 referrals. My most frequent referrer has been google.com, which has provided almost half of my total referrals. A distant second is HubPages.com, with 6119, or 23 per cent of the total.

One interesting traffic source is SwagBucks.com. Having never visited the site, I don't know how it learned about my hubs. SwagBucks has provided 88 total referrals over the life of my account, but they may or may not have generated income. In order to learn if any SwagBucks referrals have been profitable for me, I could use Google Analytics.

According to the "My Account" page, http://hubpages.com/my/hubs, my hubs have hosted 31252 page views. This number differs radically from the total referral count, 26060. I assume that visitors to my hubs have viewed more than one page per visit: 31252 / 26060 = 1.199 page views per visit. That number passes my sanity check.

It's all good?

What does this all mean? On the surface we can imply that currying the favor of Google is a good thing. The other 2 major search engines, Yahoo.com and Bing.com, don't seem to be in the game at this point. We know that Google handles 70% of all internet searches with Yahoo a distant second at 17%. This does not make Yahoo referrals any less valuable, although time spent optimizing for Google is time better invested when considering volume of traffic.

Source: http://www.hitwise.com/us/datacenter/main/dashboard-10133.html

Suffer the Little Googles

Google thoughtfully provides country-specific search engines. For example, google.it is Google Italy and google.de is Google Germany. Individually they each represent a tiny fraction of my total referrals, but collectively they are an interesting indication of my global outreach.

Breakdown of Referrals

Domain
Total Referrals
 
google.com
11051
 
hubpages.com
6119
 
search.yahoo.com
3307
 
google.co.in
1698
 
google.ca
800
 
google.co.uk
686
 
images.google.com
233
 
google.com.ph
312
 
google.com.au
324
 
search.aol.com
151
 
google.com.my
118
 
google.de
133
 
google.com.br
83
 
google.nl
78
 
google.co.za
80
 
bing.com
76
 
google.com.pk
85
 
google.es
55
 
google.se
64
 
google.ie
53
 
swagbucks.com
88
 
mail.yahoo.com
55
 
google.pl
54
 
google.com.sg
77
 
google.co.nz
56
 
google.com.tr
53
 
google.it
60
 
ask.com
54
 
digg.com
57
 
Traffic sources by domain and total referrals

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      blakamiaCA 8 years ago

      Interesting. I didn't know Hubpages provided us with all these tools. But how do you integrate google analytics with your hub?

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      psychicdog.net 8 years ago

      Nicomp you are a shining example. Hubpages is a wonderful place because you get away with writing on anything - including how to make money from worms - and still get traffic like this! Obviously, there are worms all over the world.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Nicomp,

      Congratulations on your stats!

      Thank you for this information. Although I have been on hubpages for several months now I am still learning about Traffic etc. Thank You for sharing!

      Blessings

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Aya Katz: You haven't made *any* money? 100,000 views is awesome.

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Nicomp, my biggest traffic source was reddit.com, and they generated about 48,000 pageviews in the course of two days. However, I get more traffic from Hubpages than from Google, and this may account for the fact that I haven't made any money, despite hitting the 100,000 mark.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Hmrjmr1 : Thanks, this info does have more meaning in a relative framework.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Nicmp - Thanks for sharing this it too confirms my analysis of my own activity, and gives me an indicator of what to expect Thanks!!

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      thor6 8 years ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

      Excellent hub I wish mine were as good as yours. Keep up the good work. Take a look a t mine and tell me what you think

      Take care and have a happy life.

      Pete

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @SimeyC: I don't know if Google has spiders for all their country-specific domains of if they dole out the links from their master database to all those other engines. It's cool to think that my pages are semi-interesting in Italy and India.

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      Simon Cook 8 years ago from NJ, USA

      It is interesting to view the stats - I find that while I'm not in the realms of numbers that you have, I am seeing a lot coming in from Google (not just google.com) with yahoo.com also contributing but no where near as much as google!

      Thanks for sharing!

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