I get asked a lot about traffic numbers and sources for The Deets and think it would be fun to share some nuggets from time to time.
To kick things off, here is a report of the top-10 sources of traffic for thedeets.com for April 2008:
Source/Medium Visits 1. google / organic 47.26% 2. mnspeak.com / referral 13.60% 3. (direct) / (none) 9.40% 4. google.com / referral 6.11% 5. blogs.citypages.com / referral 2.66% 6. images.google.com / referral 2.37% 7. yahoo / organic 1.67% 8. outside.in / referral 1.37% 9. deetsmedia / banner 1.34% 10. s4xton.com / referral 1.01%
Here is what I see:
1. Be nice to Google. One thing I’ve done recently is update the copy in old posts that were pulling top-10 rankings to make them slightly more aligned with popular searches. This moved quite a few posts into the top-3 results on Google for relevant terms, bringing in an extra 10-15 visitors per post per day. That adds up.
3. It’s always great to see direct traffic rising, since that’s largely regulars who’ve bookmarked the site.
4. Google.com referrals are generally Google Reader or iGoogle. If you don’t think RSS drives traffic – even with full feeds – check that out.
5. As far as I can tell, the CityPages traffic came from Jim Norton linking me up a while back. Thanks Jim. Keep the links coming.
6. I publish a lot of images, and always include relevant ALT tags with the images. This seems to bring in a lot of traffic but the bounce rate is high. Basically, they rarely stick around to do anything. not a big deal, really.
7. Poor Yahoo. But at least it made the top-10 unlike MSN or Ask.
8. Outside.in. If you write about local issues, submit your site for inclusion. If you don’t consistently write about local stuff (like me) submit an RSS feed of local content (on wordpress, add /feed/ to a category’s URL to do this).
9. Deets Media. Local ads on local sites. Give some local bloggers some money and get some traffic back.
10. s4xton.com. Aaron’s mentioned me in a few posts lately. Keep up the great work, Aaron.