So, one of my articles took off overnight. It went from having around 40 t0 60 views a day, at most be 70 to 90, and then it suddenly jumped from 500 to around 1200 as per checking right now. I don't know what's going on, really, and oftentimes I get a little skeptical on what may be happening on the background: the contents must be really getting its peak, or someone may be copying the contents and moving it to another platform, or its getting featured somewhere where I am not aware of, or it might be getting used for academic purposes (to which I discourage).
Whatever it is, I hope to find the answers soon.
I've had three of those recently. I saw a lot of traffic from MSN.com. The articles were completely unrelated, but one was to do with AirBnB so that might be seasonal.
They peak and fall again pretty quickly but it's nice while it lasts. Makes a change to see those double red triangles again
Go to the author view, look at the stats and see who is referring traffic to your page. As Bev points out a lot of these surges lately on the niche sites are due to MSN traffic.
It is a nice boost! Congratulations.
It looks like the traffic is coming from Google searches. It just means your hard work is paying off!
Sometimes this can be referrer spam. If you haven't done so already, setup Google Analytics for HP and check where the traffic is coming from. A symptom of referrer spam is the average time on page in the Behavior report being 0.
It's not really that weird. If you have a lot of articles, there's often at least one of them surging somewhere.
That said, the phenomenon seems to have become more common in recent times.
The thing you really want though is something to surge and stay up there, rather than fall back down to Earth straightaway, which is what usually happens, unfortunately.
In my experience, the surges are most often from Google, MSN (like Dr Mark says), Android, or referral spam, like Eugene says.
Sometimes Google surges are just them testing pages and sites for their search engine. They send lots of article to a page to see how readers react to it and gather stats.
However, if the Google traffic stays high, it means that the article has climbed in their search engine ranking.
That happened to one of my articles recently too. It turned out that Google featured it on their mobile home page for a couple of days. The bump didn't last long but it was certainly fun while it lasted.
Hello everyone, thank you very much for your responses!
Traffic has been getting low as per checking today, and I guess, as some of you have said, that it may be a temporary thing. Also, as per seeing the stats, most of the sources came from Google.
That being said, this short-lived event is definitely a welcomed one for my part.
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