Are views from social networking sites counted as external / organic traffic?
As the links to hubs are shared on most of these sites.
Views from social networking sites would count as externally-sourced traffic (internal is just from within HubPages.) Organic traffic is when somebody types a phrase into a search engine, clicks "search," sees a natural search result (title, description and website page link) and clicks that link to visit the page. So organically sourced traffic could also be viewed as externally-sourced traffic.
However, if somebody is on a social networking site searching for information about something, using a search bar and a phrase, and they find a link to HubPages on your social network profile or in a comment you left on that social network, perhaps that too could be viewed as somewhat organic traffic.
I think I would classify it as referral traffic, therefore external, but not organic.
Visits from social sites and basically any visit that comes from anywhere except a search engine is counted as a referral (referral traffic). Off course any visit labeled as internal is from this site (HubPages).
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