WFG traffic stats compilation thread

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  1. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hi all,

    I thought I'd add WFG's stats to this discussion, for the sake of balance. ;-)

    In the last two weeks, nearly 2/3 of our traffic came in direct or via search engines on our name and aggregation services (ie. people who already knew about us).

    In terms of listed sites, the top referrers are Eli's site (novelr.com), my site (courage-my-friend.org), srsuleski.com (Queen of Seven, Alisiyad, Dreamers), skyladawncameron.com (Catharsis and Children of the Apocalypse), millvexations.com (Mill Avenue Vexations), and illisemontoya.blogspot.com (Eikasia). We seldom get more than one click per day from any other listed website, and (something I found very surprising, as we aren't presently advertising there) we get more referrals from pagesunbound.com than any one of the vast majority of our listed websites.

    At this point, we aren't advertising -- the money has already been spent. We depend on you guys for both readers and our page rank in Google. Part of the reason we don't have more traffic for you guys is we are four pages into Google's search results for "online novels", which is the high value search term providing some of you with traffic from onlinenovels.net and free-online-novels.com (at least one of which charges a monthly fee for listings). We've already done just about everything we can to improve that page rank (we've moved up 4 pages due to those changes). What we need now is for more people to link to us with the words "online novels" in the link label. Failing that, we'll have to start advertising again, and 300 000 impressions last time only increased our readership by about 50 readers a week, so that's not an option we can really make work.

    Chris.

  2. Sarah Suleski (Aspiring Mudpie)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I don't really have very good stats to share, because I just installed Analytics today. But according to Project Wonderful:

    Past week:
    55: onlinenovels.net
    23: webfictionguide.com
    16: free-online-novels.com
    13: google.com
    8: delicious.com
    7: pagesunbound.com
    7: web.blogads.com
    7: doberler.com
    5: stumbleupon.com
    5: search.live.com

    Today:
    6: onlinenovels.net
    3: webfictionguide.com
    3: fiction.courage-my-friend.org
    3: forums.webfictionguide.com
    3: free-online-novels.com
    3: google.com
    2: delicious.com
    1: search.msn.com
    1: doberler.com
    1: google.ca

    I haven't been updating or advertising my site in several months, so generally hits are low. onlinenovels, freeonlinenovels, and webfictionguide seem to be more or less in the same range currently, though. Still, it would appear that "online novels" is the more popular term for the medium than "web fiction" ergo I, as the one who helped Chris come up with the name for the site, feel a little foolish. Oh well, c'est la vie.

    I am a writer, a writer of fictions... and I've written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones
    (lyric from The Engine Driver by The Decemberists)
  3. Sarah Suleski (Aspiring Mudpie)

    Posted 10 years ago

    EJ:

    free-online-novels.com - 287 hits (Don't ask me how I ended up being listed there. I couldn't tell you. :P

    Yeah, you and me both. I noticed it in my PW stats one day and went "buh?" I guess it's nice to be picked out, rather than submitting my work, so no complaints really. The site does seems a little bare-bones though. Perhaps some readers prefer that method. I'm a fan of pretty bells and whistles like screenshots and synopsis and reviews, personally.

    I am a writer, a writer of fictions... and I've written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones
    (lyric from The Engine Driver by The Decemberists)
  4. S.A. Hunter (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I did submit to be listed on free-online-novels.com and Jennifer Armstrong, the author of the site, was very nice to list my stuff and seems very nice in general. I know I get a good number of hits from her site. I'm glad others benefit from her site as well. The one requirement that I know of to be listed is the work has to be finished.

  5. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @Chris

    For what it's worth, my last search for "online novels" put us on page three of Google instead of four.

    Not that it's that much better, but we may be moving up...

  6. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hi Jim,

    I think you get different servers depending on location -- we're the first line of the fourth page (three spots higher than a month ago -- yay!) on the servers I'm getting, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a few spots higher or lower on different servers.

    Chris.

  7. apocalypsenovel (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    CHris, I have a WFG link graphic on my site, as well as mentioning it on various pages. What do you mean by adding "Online novels" Please explain. (I am not Canadian, therefore not versed on the mysterious arts of "the net".

  8. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hi Chris,

    Yeah, I know a lot of people prefer graphic links -- most of the links to us I've seen are one of our graphics. The problem is that search engines like Google give weight not just to the number of links to a site, but also to the words on the links, when ranking websites for search terms. So, all those image links help our site's popularity, but do nothing to expand our search terms. The primary search terms for us, presently, are "web fiction guide", which, unfortunately, isn't what new readers go looking for. :-)

    These links might help us get better rank on common search terms:

    Web Fiction Guide: online novels and reviews

    Web Fiction Guide (online novels, reviews)

    I'm also looking at design options to get valuable search terms showing on more of our pages, which should help.

    Chris.

  9. Clare-Dragonfly (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    OK, not sure I understand, but the link to WFG on my site now reads "Web Fiction Guide: online novels and reviews." I hope it helps.

  10. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hi Clare -- thanks, I'm sure it will. :-) We're also working on another plan that may help get us a new (and larger) audience for our listings. Should be announced soon.

  11. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Speaking of which, here's the announcement http://webfictionguide.com/articles/announcements/archive/novels-online-is-open/. :-)

  12. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I mostly get a trickle of hits for my submitted (but as of yet reviewed (or even accepted?)) serialized novella (blookella?). I've had three random but promising referrals: a few from condron.us, which, I have no idea what it really does, one from a search engine query for "boy calicos," which one of my characters is, and one from a random WordPress blog, where the possibly related posts lists the first chapter of the serial -- one of the subjects of the random blog post and one of my characters share the same name. I'm more amused by this than anything.

    I'm interested to hear how you guys have been using twitter. I suppose it's pretty self-explanatory, but if there are finer points to doing it, I'd love to hear them.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  13. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hi Grant,

    Good thing you said something -- I had missed your email. Sorry about that -- I'll look at it tonight.

    Chris.

  14. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Quite alright, sir! I figured something was up.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  15. NiSp (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    stumbleupon jumped from non-existent referral site to 190 hits at the beginning of feb - 185 hits recorded on one day! i can only think it's janoda's fault :D
    then 20% direct
    WFG 15%
    PU 7.5% (although i've never seen my listing there and the site is now gone????)
    and blogger is at 3.5%

    then there are a few other referring sites but little traffic in comparison. but as for quality of hits, WFG is tops with PU next - even before those hitting my site directly :S what can i get from this? i have no idea except maybe i should get new friends? lol

    as for wfg hits: i've just seen the sister site, novels online, and i like it very much. hopefully that will help direct travel... just perhaps a more obvious wfg connection at the top of the page may help casual observers realise it's plugged into something larger and more professional...

    and i'll change the link on my page too :)

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