Just checked out my Hubpages url on Alexa and it turns out that there's so many people from India visiting that my country rank is now based in India, instead of in Australia. Has anyone had a similar experience?
I thought that the country you come from, with the language you use is meant to be where your website ranks for....but apparently I've moved to India and am writing Indian, though I do not know it
PS - I am doing my monthly check on duplicated content.....so far, not much excitement, so I'm confident at present that they are visitors and readers, not scrapers.
You just be careful on your virtual journey, Suzanne. We love you on HP and delight in your hubs. Your friend and follower, Kenneth
Thanks Kenneth! There's a lot of great Indian writers on here. Alexa really only tells you what traffic you have from people who have the Alexa toolbar installed. I think what I can conclude from above is that Indian people must like using the Alexa toolbar.
the Alexa toolbar is just coming into its own I am assuming.
It's been around for a very long time.....I think more people are discovering it though.
I have made it habit to check Google Analytics for where my hubs are read on a monthly basis. You can delineate to cities. I discovered the bulk is read within a 50 mile radius of where I live for the US. I am about 60% US, 30% Europe, and the rest elsewhere and mixed.
Again of that 60% US probably 70% or more are close to home. I don't know how to use SEO to build on those strengths yet. I am thinking of such like restaurant reviews maybe. Who knows a free pizza or somethun' if it is liked and such. Also the sites and local history may help gain within that strength of readership. I just haven't looked hard enough yet how to capitalize on it.
I know I get a lot of HP readers from Europe being on HP and FB in the wee hours of the morning mostly and friends of course. But, as readership is there and mostly UK, Sweden, and the Mediterranean I am not sure how to approach that either.
[a little later] I just peaked at Alexa. I will be exploring today or tomorrow. Thank you so much for that lead
Thanks for your tip too, I haven't drilled down to cities in Analytics yet, so will have to check it out, especially if free pizzas might be needed where I am! Alexa only reports the traffic of people using the Alexa toolbar, so it is not as accurate as Analytics. But it's interesting to see some of the info on there.
I am by far not an expert with Google Analytics and really an average hubber at best. I have been here 3 years but I had a hiatus of about a year until Feb this year. In the past I learned enough at Google Analytics to discover simple things or me like where the articles were read and which ones.
I learned the ones read in Europe were not the same as those read in my neighborhood. That lead me back then to write articles for markets based on hub groupings (niches or subjects) rather than hunting with singular articles. My performance was much more above average then.
I started over in Feb with a clean slate and am approaching a little slower this time with life change events more important. Not necessarily a best advice approach. I wish I were writing many more hubs than I am Plus I have to develop new readership and audiences. Also, I really am illiterate as far as SEO goes . . . but that will be next years goal of learning and this years secondary goal.
Hi tsmog, join the club, I had a 2.5 year hiatus and have been back for 6 months. I agree that niches are great, but based upon traffic you can view how the niche is being read in the main country the traffic is from and this can help tailor it even more to readers (especially if you aim to make it an attempted viral hub). Good luck with your goals!!!
Well... I get the most visitors from US and India is 2nd... How do you check for duplicity? Do we have to copy each hub to a plagiarism checking site or is there any other method for bulk checking?
I check by:
a) pasting url into Copyscape
b) checking heading in " " in Google
c) checking snippets of text in " " in Google
Google has been very helpful removing a lot of things for me from search results. I keep a spreadsheet and check it has all been done. Marisa once told me the most effective way is reporting them to Adsense where possible, because then whipping up another website will have no effect on earnings for them.
Seems to be a lot of new Netherland activity this month....
I am now wondering about cities in the UK. Both Birmingham and Bradford have large Indian and Pakistani populations. Both vie with each other for the Curry Capital of the World. So may be they rank in these respective countries.
India's official languages is a variation of Sanskrit, which is rarely spoken, but English is the unofficial national language of India. So if they do find you at least they can read you hubs.
Thanks BigBlue, I didn't know that, so it is great that English is very common in India!
Many countries do, either as first or second language.
It is the language of business. One of my daughters used to work for a French based multinational company so decided to learn French. In the end she did not bother because everyone else spoke English.
I understand that about Asia, having had many business dealings there, but it's good to hear about the rest of the world too. Come to think of it, when I went to Malaysia, a lot of people spoke English there....
I understand it has even reached as far as Australia.
My daughter was at a meeting in France and one of her French colleagues stood up to talk and said that because he did not feel comfortable speaking in English as it was not up to the required standards so he would speak in French. He was told he could not do that and had to speak in English.
LOL, well apparently us Aussies like to wrangle English for other people, though we can't hear that at all......to me personally, New Zealanders are wranglers
Someone pointed out that the Aussie accent comes from squinting in the sunshine.
The worst thing we did with Australia was to teach you lot cricket. Something we now deeply regret
I'm not a cricket fan, so no offense taken. I think the Aussie accent, which we Aussies can't hear is probably due to beer, beer and more beer. Oh and maybe too much sun after all....
Actually the cricket reference was more to do with my country loosing out to yours as we were comprehensively beaten by Australia recently.
Not sure of the beer thing. If that was true then people in some parts of the UK would also have an Australian accent. Glasgow and Newcastle come to mind. Then again they are not known for excessive sunshine. Frost bite yes, but not sunshine.
Oh, I didn't even know we won the cricket. Go us Aussies! But as I said, I'm a bit geeky because I'm not a raving sports fan at all....
Yes, it must be having to have the sun with the beer that does it. It has a certain effect at BBQs, where people garble garbage until they fall asleep. Then the other people at the BBQ who enjoyed the funny garbage repeat it later at work and the new slang gets around.
Our ancestors learned to control fire 125,000 years ago. Bread came 30,000 years ago and beer about 5,000 years ago. This means we had to wait 100,000 years before we could have a BBQ.
Full on, it musta been boring having only animals to eat before the bread and beer turned up.....though we didn't seem to have weight problems then.....
I also find that many of my readers are from India, I never checked my Alexa ranking, but I always wondered how they found my artices. The more the merrier in my mind!
Well there's a pretty populous country of them, so it could be wise to target more effectively, making sure our hubs are even more useful to these readers.
Very good point Suzanne, I do have a lot of meditation hubs, but it would be a great idea to keep in mind my larger audience when writing.
Remember that Analytics is the one to follow though as Alexa traffic may only be a small part of your overall traffic.
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