traffic sources

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  1. Doneta Wrate profile image89
    Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks ago

    Is the traffic sources supposed to let you know where all your traffic comes from. Often there is more traffic listed on my account page than traffic on the traffic sources.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      It will be different because a lot of people surf the net using a VPN, which hides their location. Also many use blockers which prevent sites tracking them.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      If you learn how to use Google Analytics you can get a better picture of where your traffic comes from. I believe they have a tutorial that shows you how to sign up and use it.

      1. theraggededge profile image96
        theraggededgeposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        I never learned to use it. Signed up, took one look, shuddered and left big_smile

        1. Doneta Wrate profile image89
          Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          There is so much to learn about traffic that a writer could easily spend all their time learning to promote traffic and not write at all.  There is one hubber here who is making good money with just 53 hubs because she has figured out traffic.  So both needs to be done.  It is just difficult keeping a balance.

          1. Doneta Wrate profile image89
            Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            I will try to tackle google analytics soonr or later, but for right now I am getting some help from uber suggest

        2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          It's actually kind of fun.  I still don't know all of the ins and outs but I do know that if you click on "real time" it will show you how many views you're getting at the moment, and also you can set the date at the top of the page and click on audience to learn how many views you got at any day or period in time.  You can also compare the views you have at any time with any other date.  If you click on acquisition and then social, you can scroll to the bottom to see how many views you're getting from various social networking sites.  The whole thing might take five minutes but helps you to analyze your views.  There's more, but if you even do that much, you can learn quite a bit.

  2. Doneta Wrate profile image89
    Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks ago

    thank you for your explanation.  That makes sense.  I did not know that.

  3. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    I'm with Bev on Analytics. How is my life improved by knowing that a left-handed vegan from the Dry Tortugas reads some of my articles? The minutiae of information available is bewildering and entirely useless.

    I have the same antagonism towards "writing for traffic." I write in my own fashion and not in a way dictated by some algorithm. If people find an article of mine, read it, and like it, I'm happy. If they don't find it because I haven't stuffed it with some magic words that attract attention, too bad.

    I'm with the wonderful humour writer Alan Coren. He was told by his publisher that three things boost book sales - cats, golf, and Nazism. So he wrote a collection of witty essays under the title "Golfing for Cats" with a cover image featuring a swastika on the golf pin flag.

    1. Doneta Wrate profile image89
      Doneta Wrateposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      depends upon your motivation for writing.  I enjoy writing and I enjoy people reading my stuff and talking about it, but I also would like to make some money.  I can get my ideas across in an interesting way and still use some SEO gobbldy-gook

  4. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    Yes, but, TT2 how does that "knowledge" enrich your life?

 
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