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Question about niche sites

  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago

    HubPages is considered a social networking sites, so views that come from it have less value than others.  I am wondering if the same is true of the niche sites.  Are they considered to be social networking sites also?

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Views from social sources don't necessarily have less value, it's just very difficult to get enough views from fellow HubPages authors alone to earn any income. We consider search most important because it's where the most traffic comes from for the majority of authors.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

        I'm surprised to hear this because several writers here have stated that views from social networking sites don't "count" the same as Google views.  I was just wondering how the niche sites are viewed when it comes to this issue.

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 3 months agoin reply to this

          It's always been said that they count the same. The staff have voiced this before. I know what you mean though, I've tried to convince people a few times on such threads that there's no real difference.

          1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

            Good to know.  Thanks.

            1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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              Christy Kirwanposted 3 months agoin reply to this

              It might be that social view don't count toward an article's traffic for staying featured. An article with social traffic can still become unfeatured for traffic because featured status just refers to an article's ability to be seen by search engines (and if they aren't sending any views anyway, we assume there might be search issues with the article, so we prevent it from being indexed after a long grace period).

              1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
                TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

                Ahhh...that's what it is!  Now I remember...but here's the question...again...where do the niche sites fall in that formula?  Are views from them counted towards traffic counts or not?

                1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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                  Christy Kirwanposted 3 months agoin reply to this

                  They are counted towards traffic, but they would not be counted as search traffic unless the reader came from a search engine first.

                  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
                    TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

                    Interesting.  Percentage wise, how many views do you think probably come from the niche sites as opposed to being from Google?  Just curious.  It would seem to me that most would come from Google, but maybe I'm wrong.

  2. lobobrandon profile image92
    lobobrandonposted 3 months ago

    I don't think they are considered social networking sites.

  3. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 3 months ago

    I wouldn't really considered Hubpages a social networking site either.  It is predominantly a search-engine served content site.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

      What I am getting at is how page views are counted.  Those from social networking sites, count for less.  HP falls into that category.  I am wondering if the niche sites also do.

  4. lobobrandon profile image92
    lobobrandonposted 3 months ago

    You are talking about Google Analytics here aren't you? I doubt HP considers itself a social netowork. So if they do differentiate in that way, the original source of the traffic would count. So if someone reached my page via Google and then went to yours it would still count as a visit from the search engine I presume.

  5. Will Apse profile image93
    Will Apseposted 3 months ago

    There is not that much interlinking between niches these days, so there is little traffic between them. Bounce rates are high for all of my pages, and assuming that is normal for other writers, traffic from other articles within niches is negligible, too.

    Social traffic comes from sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter which are not article based, just pure user content. HP would never be defined as a social site, though it once seemed to have ambitions in that direction.

 
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