Looking at my sources of traffic (Google, Pinterest, etc.), on one of my successful articles I notice the source is "direct". When I look at "referral path", it just says, "not set".
Does anyone have any insight into what "direct" is as far as the source of traffic goes? I thought it might be traffic from the Hubpages site but I notice that Analytics tells you when that is the case, so I don't think that's what it is.
Direct is someone that has come to your URL directly, through a bookmark on their browser for example.
It is also someone that has visited your site through, Google for example then clicks off to something and hits the back button to read your article again.
If someone decides not to allow cookies I have noticed (not sure about this) that if they spend more than 5 minutes on a page on the website (the network sites) and then click a sidebar link to your pages it would show as a direct visit.
That's very interesting and what I kind of suspected. And, in fact, it's kind of what threw me. All of the traffic is "direct" and it gets decent traffic. Seems unlikely all that traffic is from a bookmark.
Edit: Except that your last explanation seems most likely what is happening. They are probably on the site somewhere and click a side bar. I bet that's the case.
by Caren White 16 months ago
Analytics tells me that I suddenly started getting traffic from something called the Maven Coalition. Since I don't have a website on Maven, are my hubs being advertised there? How can I figure out where specifically on Maven this traffic is coming from?
by David 470 8 years ago
I checked my google analytics and see I am getting about 10% traffic from both direct traffic & referring sites combined.What exactly do those mean? Are people typing my profile into the URL? I am assuming the referring sites are links?
by Farrah Young 8 days ago
I just checked my traffic sources and saw I got a few traffic from Google, however, it didn't say which articles did.Is there a way one can get this information or I should just be contented with the traffic?
by james smith 10 days ago
Knew you'd work it out. Anyway, I checked your article. It's going to be rejected. You've written an academic paper. Hubpages wants fully-formed, informative, magazine-style articles.You need to use separate text capsules, making use of pertinent subtitles. Spend some time at the Learning Center -...
by Robie Benve 7 years ago
I love to see what people were looking for when they found my hubs, it helps me choosing new titles and see which questions I left unanswered.I was hoping to see keywords under Traffic Sources, but I have to click on each hub and then stats, and then keywords.... quite a long process to check them...
by peachy 4 years ago
Can google analytics show me where my traffic sources come from?I want to know where did all my traffic sources come from. I already have included hubpages in google analytics but I still couldn't see the sources...Please teach me how to use google analytics
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