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

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    This is a visualization of traffic sources over a one-month period forSML 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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    1. RyanMacLean 66 months ago | reply

      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.

    2. See-ming Lee 李思明 SML 66 months ago | reply


      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. :)

    3. RyanMacLean 66 months ago | reply

      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!

    4. See-ming Lee 李思明 SML 66 months ago | reply


      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!

    5. RyanMacLean 66 months ago | reply

      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 ;)

    6. poru4ik 61 months ago | reply

      Hi! Good picture. May I put it on my blog

    7. See-ming Lee 李思明 SML 61 months ago | reply

      poru4ik Feel free. It's creative commons after all :)

    8. poru4ik 61 months ago | reply

      Thank you :)

    9. The Green Diva 58 months ago | reply

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

      How to Increase Blog Traffic for Free.</a


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