I was playing my roll of ignorant clueless newbie in #SEO on Efnet as I have been doing lately for fun, when I got into a discussion/debate, defending my belief that time is much better spent working on building a quality site than it is building up links and other SEO for them.
The discussion lead to a path that prompted me to check my referral traffic, as they didn’t believe my traffic could grow when it was largely type-in/bookmark traffic and through word of mouth as a result of being a quality site, and thought it came almost entirely from SE’s. I knew we had a large number (larger than usual) of loyal visitors who bookmarked or typed in the site, but I didn’t know it was so high and that Google accounted for hardly any of the traffic.
Before I go on, I just wanted to say that PFO has been growing very slowly but steady over the months, but I think the new design has done a lot for it, as traffic the past week has shown a consistant growth; about 1500 more per day. Yesterday it garnered 7336 uniques, and it was a Sunday (weekends always slow traffic days for me usually). Movie Vault is still growing, albeit at an unbelievably slow rate, and was at 6327 for yesterday (again, a Sunday..). Then I have all my other sites.. hell… this BLOG gets 100 uniques a day lol..
Okay, back to business, these are the surprising results for referrals to two of my sites. First, PFO:
1. (no referral) 88.35%
3. search.yahoo.com/search 1.81%
and now MoVa:
1. (no referral) 67.96%
2. www.google.com/search 10.35%
3. search.yahoo.com/search 5.75%
So, wow! I had thought I was getting a MUCH larger referral traffic number from Google for PFO, but it turns out that I only get 2% from them. And nearly 90% of my traffic comes from bookmarked/type-in/loyal visitors. Yet the funny thing is that traffic is indeed still growing. Proving my theory and beliefs right. These stats taken from past 3 months.
MoVa is also doing very well. Now, I don’t know what everyone elses stats look like, but I’m assuming their (no referral) agent is nowhere near as high as mine are, but I could be horribly wrong.
Anyhow, this is great. I’m #2 or #1 on all the top search engines for “poker forums” and “poker forum” and so before, it was a worry to me what would happen if I got bumped lower, but now since I’m only getting 5-6% from SE’s (the rest from backlinks), I believe i’m very safe.
Let’s try to get an average of 10,000 uniques a day for PFO.. that’d make me happy.. we’re already getting a million page views a month for PFO…