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Traffic Sources For 2014

My Traffic Sources

The most important factor of any blog or website is traffic. Without traffic you’re like a ship in dead water. You just don’t get anywhere. That being the case, if you want to be more successful in 2014 you need to consolidate your traffic sources. Which ones are the most popular ones and which ones bring you the most traffic.

The best way to see what your best traffic sources are for your site is to check your stats. Take my first post of the year, DEA Friday Funnies #97 which just happened to go viral, and all because of one site. Check out the image below. I’ve never had a post that went crazy like that before. I’m writing this post in the morning and already I’ve had more traffic than any day in the past month!

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My main traffic source for that blog post was StumbleUpon! In actual fact, StumbleUpon has always been my main source of traffic. The one thing that I love about them is they don’t mind you submitting your own posts.

Reddit can be another good traffic source but unlike StumbleUpon they frown upon over submitting your own posts. One or two is OK but do more than that and they will suspend you from submitting links for some time.

Then of course you have other favourites like FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Digg, GooglePlus and even Linkedin. Naturally you will get more people sharing your posts if you make it easy for them to do so. There are many WordPress plugins that allow you to do this.

What Makes a Post Go Viral?

Yeah, this is something that is everyone would love to know. What made my post go viral? Was it the joke, the funny image or the video. Go check the post out and them come back and give me your opinion.

The obvious answer is content. You have to have something in your content that people want to share. Take my Candy Crush Walkthrough video for example. It’s not the most popular video as far as likes go, getting 31 likes and 33 dislikes, probably from people who lack a sense of humor  :loser:  but it has a fair few comments, shares and more importantly views. This leads you to another important traffic source, Search Engines.

To get a lot of search engine traffic you need to do the right keyword research, for which I use Market Samurai, and post about things that you know people will look for. Candy Crush is extremely popular and I knew that video will get a lot of views.

Have you had a post go viral? If so what was special about that post that made it so popular?

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  1. I have tried several things, yet to have a post go viral. Let’s wait and see what works, have to try many other things yet.

    1. What exactly have you tried? Also, in your opinion, what do you believe made my post go viral?
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  2. The entire package of the content for me is the most important thing. If the content is something that is very useful to everyone, then you don’t have to spend so much to promote that content because people will have the initiative to share it without you asking them to do it.

    1. That is true but I find these days that less and less people are willing to share content. Unless they’re hoping the people they’ve linked to will link back.
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  3. You listed some great tools above, which I am going to bookmark and come back to. I didn’t know that StumbleUpon was happy to let people submit their own posts. Based on what you wrote, it seems like that it could be a good source of traffic. I hadn’t thought of using that before. Thanks

    1. One thing I have learned is that they are more willing to pass on the Stumble than other social circles.
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  4. Twitter:
    I tried so many things but never got any of my posts go viral. I am gonna try make it viral and see hike in my traffic. Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. I have heard from other sources as well that stumble upon is a good traffic source. I have people also google plus’ing and commenting on my posts on google plus. this is how i saw more and more traffic. people started to find my videos too and even emailing me about my business.

    1. Just goes to show that there is nothing at all wrong with sharing your own posts.
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  6. I had tried all possible ways to make my video and post go viral around the world of internet. The truth is that nothing had gone viral till date. I wrote some good contents but my exposure of the blog post was very poor. I need to know some real tips to increase the blog exposure. I had tried all the methods but still something is lagging some where. Thanks for sharing this article with us.
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  7. Do you use StumbleUpon for their paid traffic or just rely on it when people share it? I’ve been interested in testing it out as a paid source, but everyone I’ve talked to said the traffic quality isn’t very good. I’ve shared some content on their before, non-paid, and see traffic within a few minutes. I know it’s i-framed, but I almost always get a 1 page-per-visit and lower than average time on site. I’m wondering if their paid traffic is any better.

    1. I don’t use their paid traffic and I’m always the first to share my post so that it’s exposed to other StumbleUpon users. If you ever use their paid traffic I’d love for you to come back to tell us about your experience.
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  8. Twitter:
    It seems that Google is still my number one driver; I keep wondering how that’s happening but I’m not mad at it. lol That’s followed by Bing, then Yahoo, and finally by Hot Blog Tips, which is pretty cool. You’re at #37, but that equates to 3 people a month. Killing it! ;-)
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  9. Social Media or Social Networking sites are playing vital role in providing you good and targeted traffic to your blog or business sites. If you are willing to promote your product in the specific are, you should take Social Media like Facebook as the powerful source of visitors.

      1. Dear Sire,

        It has become difficult to have a large fan following without investing funds. Facebook has started the paid campaigns for the fan pages recently.

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