Google Analytics: SML Pro Blog Traffic Sources: Twitter vs Facebook vs FriendFeed vs Google SEO / 2009-11-01 / SML Data

This is a visualization of traffic sources over a one-month period for SML Pro Blog on Google Analytics, highlighting in particular performance on social networks from Twitter (red), Facebook (blue) and Friendfeed (teal), with Google (SEO) traffic added for comparison.


Important to note also is the network connectivity associated with those profiles:

SML Facebook: 630 friends.

SML Friendfeed: 279 subscriptions

SML Twitter: 767 followers


I think that FriendFeed is a clear winner here. It even outperforms Google.

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  • Ryan MacLean PRO 6y

    Flickr and gayblog also seem to be performing well, no? Are you cross-referring from sites that you own? That can cause confusion and mess with your data analysis. That said... those ARE pretty good numbers from friendfeed.
  • See-ming Lee PRO 6y


    Haha... plucking my data!

    Flickr gets me many referrals mainly because most of my stuff on Flickr links back to the blog. Most of the referrals had to do with 1500+ photos shot on Gay Pride 2007 pointing to a single post though so that probably should not be placed into the picture.

    I exclude stuff coming from my own domain as I am mainly concerned with social media referral traffic (but yes I do list recent posts from each of these to each other: + +

    I have to give this a deeper analysis, but off the top of my head, the fact that you can direct your posts to a more targeted audience on Friendfeed (e.g. via rooms) vs Facebook + Twitter's one place fit all might contribute to the discrepancies?

    While I have been on all networks pretty much for the same amount of time, I really started posting things and commenting things on Friendfeed about a month ago (where you see data)

    Most of the traffic coming from Google are for keywords 'gay' and 'guitar hero porn' (which really screw up my numbers there) - those were posted before I created the gay blog + the photo blog so I can analyze the results better.

    Next I will do some analysis to compare length of stay etc. but I don't really have enough traffic volume on my very random blog to do real analysis really I don't think. :)
  • Ryan MacLean PRO 6y

    Yeah flickr does pack an SEO punch these days, so I stopped tagging. To each their own, I suppose, but the incongruous searches merely seemed to result in hit'n'runs as opposed to repeat visits (what I would strive for).
    Not that I know what I'm talking about. Hit'n'run may be your thing!
  • See-ming Lee PRO 6y


    Which is why avg time meant something for me. My blog posts have no particular focus so I don't mind hit-n-run. Google Analytics has not been very good in analysing repeat visitors (or that I'm not very good at using it to analyze them). To be honest my stuff is so random that it's hard to have a focus to get repeat visits really.

    Which is precisely why I think that I should setup separate feeds for each label. That might be a better way to direct repeat visitor traffic - I used to create a top level URL to direct label-specific traffic. I stopped doing it a year ago after Yahoo totally f**ked me up over their domain pricing. Currently working on a portal to redirect traffic. hopefully when I have time!
  • Ryan MacLean PRO 6y

    LOL @ Yahoo! domain pricing... yeah if they are charging you for subdomains, there's a problem.
    As for Analytics, it's OK, though I did find the goal tracking to work out alright. My real problem is the script itself, which would slow down pageloads. But I digress.
    Regarding the repeats, I think you're on the right track, regardless of content. FF seems to be a good medium for "personalities" and I can imagine it generating traffic easily.
    As for direct hit repeat visitors, that's content ;)
  • Vyacheslav Evdokimov 5y

    Hi! Good picture. May I put it on my blog
  • See-ming Lee PRO 5y

    poru4ik Feel free. It's creative commons after all :)
  • Vyacheslav Evdokimov 5y

    Thank you :)
  • The Green Diva PRO 5y

    Fab pic- congrats on getting the traffic. I've used your photo for this article:

    How to Increase Blog Traffic for Free.</a

  • d_design_m 5y

    Thank you See-ming to share the image, I've use it for this article:
    Nessuno può garantire il posizionamento sui motori di ricerca, chi lo fa sta mentendo
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