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.
My top 3 traffic sources are Google, HubPages itself, and Bing, in that order.
Mine are Google, Linked In and Facebook so far.
I use Google+ and it helps a lot. My other two largest sources for traffic are FaceBook and HubPages.
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!
Here are my top 5 traffic sources for the last year...as per Google Analytics "All Traffic"
As for top 5 social media referrals...
Google, Google, and Google.
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.
Google hands down, probably 90%, followed by a little Bing, and a sprinkle of Yahoo.
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.
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.
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 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?
No, never used any software tools. I don't even research keywords or anything these days either.
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.
My top three sources are google.com, google.co.uk, and google.ca--in that order.
for just hubpages?
Pinterest, Google, HubPages
When looking at all of my sites, Google is first, then Pinterest and other social media, then Bing.
@ChristinS, kindly tell me how to leverage pinterest to increase my traffic. I'll be very grateful for your help.
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.
Google definitely sends the most
and then a number of Google's from other countries
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top by far is the various flavours of Google.
Then Hubpages and internal links from my own subdomain roughly tied second.
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.
I guess that I would have to say G+, Pinterest, and HP.
by Faith Reaper 7 years ago
Under traffic sources on your statistics page, from where does your most traffic come?My highest traffic source is from HubPages domain. I do not want to create discussion, just curious from where does your highest traffic come? Thanks for answering.
by Drew Breezzy 12 years ago
What are your top 3 traffic sources? not including hubpages
by Andrew Smith 5 years ago
What are your top traffic sources for the month? Me:1. reddit2. hubpages3. m.facebook4. flipboard5. forums.sherdogHow about you?
by Sondra Rochelle 6 years ago
I have never seen this before! Analytics shows that I have traffic, but HP's traffic sources is showing all zeros. Anybody else having this issue?
by Jennifer Richards 11 years ago
Jennifer - first of all ... don't ask for readership. Let it come. And it will come if you do the following:1. Read others work and comment/ rate it2. Take part in the forum, even if it's just asking for help or offering help to others3. Publish hubs of interest to your fellow hubbers4. Rate up...
by Jan Stepan 7 weeks ago
Hi everyone! How do I know which traffic comes directly from Google searches? My traffic sources are HubPages, discover HubPages, Reddit, Facebook, and Quora (I did some promoting, that is why I have social media there as well). I have over 1000 views so some must be from Google, am I right? My...
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