How does your own URL generate traffic to your hubs?
Under traffic sources, I normally see that the new URL is generating quite a lot of traffic.
However, what causes this? I understand that a website gets direct traffic, but in the case of Hubpages, I would expect this to be to the content pages. Is it that people get sent to my profile URL "brett-tesol.hubpages.com" from search engines (like Google) and then they click a hub? Or is it something else?
Hmmm.... I'm not sure if I fully understand your question, so please forgive me if this isn't the answer you were looking for.
Most url's draw traffic from the main url, like "www.google.com" or "www.howto.com". When people search "google" or "how to", the urls would show up because the words are in them. It's slightly different with url's like your hubpages url. Since people don't usually search "how to do this on hubpages", the google search spiders/crawlers will instead read the tail end of the url. Take the url to this question for example
http://hubpages.com/question/134794/how … -your-hubs
If you went to a search engine and typed in "how does your own url generate traffic", google could find that exact keyphrase in the end of the url, which is why it is hyphenated. The search spiders could also use your author name, if someone was looking for "Brett Tesol", the search spiders could find your name in your url and direct people to it.
In summary, basically, it's the title of your hub in your url that generates traffic to your hubs.
If you look at the Hubpages Blog, it's explained in more detail there, but as far as I understand it from my reading it goes like this:
The google update penalized 'content farms' in various different ways. Hubpages 'looked' like a content farm to Google (before the new HP subdomain change) because everyone's articles were lumped under the same domain name (e.g. www.hubpages.com/hub/Title-of-Hub-Here ). The HP staff did a lot of research and found out that if each author got their own subdomain name, HP would not 'look' like a content farm to google anymore, because people won't all be lumped into the same start of the URL. Previously,Google tended to look at HP one site with a massive bunch of articles from one author. Now it looks at HP as a site with a bunch of different authors who publish articles. The articles by authors which are 'above average' in terms of what Google wants, will not be 'dragged down' anymore by the content of the less-good authors. And vice versa. So the good writers should see an increase in traffic, while the not-so-good writers should see a decrease in traffic from the subdomain change.
Remember that "good writers" refers to whatever it is that *Google* likes - this won't necessarily be exactly the same thing as whatever it is that HP likes - so don't get hung up on hubscore for the sake of Google.
But basically, in a total nutshell, your new subdomain should get you more traffic because your articles aren't being dragged down by poorer-quality articles on Hubpages anymore.
Some of the traffic websites and blogs are getting is not human. There are computers being used my marketeers to scan the web and visit web pages and click on them for various reasons. The web is becoming filled with all sorts of dubious techniques. Probably the best way to know this information is to have a website running Google Adsense and you having direct access to their metrics because they know who a lot of these people are and they discount that traffic in their reports whereas other third party web analyzers may not know about it.
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