Two Cents Worth: Top Referrers

I’ve been a bit behind on reviews lately as I am currently on Spring Break in the somewhat-lovely city of Sacramento, but I wanted to throw this Two Cents Worth out there from the nearest Starbucks.  One of the golden rules of blogging is spend half of your time on content, half of your time on networking.  Many of you will agree that the content end is by far the most enjoyable half, but none of it would really amount to much if it wasn’t seen by anything.

That’s where the networking half comes in.  There are a wide range of strategies we bloggers use to promote our material.  Most of us start out by advertising to our friends and family through things like Facebook posts and email notifications.  After that, the common progression leads us to creating a Facebook page for our accounts, starting a twitter account, and utilizing other kinds of social media.

images (7)Personally, I’ve had limited amounts of success with things like Facebook, Twitter and a recent spike in activity from Reddit for my advanced review of next month’s Evil Dead remake.  However, my biggest referrers by far have been search engines.  Approximately 81% of views to my site have come from engines like Google, Google Image Search and Yahoo.  While I’m fully aware that these views don’t represent the sort of quality readership most of us would like, from what I’ve seen about 1 in 10 people who find my blog through google go on to read other articles aside from the ones they originally searched.  About 1 in 3 of those either leave a comment or follow my blog, which after a while adds up.

Now I’d like to hear from all of you.  Where do the majority of viewers from your site come from?  Successful methods I’ve seen so far have included Facebook, Twitter, IMDb External Reviews, Reddit, membership The LAMB, Email followers, and referrals from other bloggers.  Sound off in the comments below!




























































About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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14 Responses to Two Cents Worth: Top Referrers

  1. filmhipster says:

    I posted your Evil Dead review on Reddit that day. 🙂 Glad to see it worked .

  2. ckckred says:

    Most of my views come from search engines like Google as well.

  3. Most referrals from Google but I also get loads from all manner of places 😀

  4. Mine are mainly from search engines, although the changes to Google Image search cut that down a lot. I also get quite a few from other people’s blogs which i guess is people either clicking on my link in a blogroll or a comment I have left. I get some from Twitter too, particularly if people have been kind enough to share my stuff.

  5. Wordschat says:

    I’ve have a big increase since posting to Twitter and The Lamb and from commenting on other posts. It hard to keep up especially with Twitter which i m thinking of quitting. If I can reasonably keep up through Facebook and my WordPress reader / Subscriptions to blogs like yours I’ll do well. As for posting on own blog Google brings little traffic. Like PBS says it comes from viewers like you and your followers. Excellent topic.

    • r361n4 says:

      Thanks 🙂 I’ve definitely struggled with Twitter as well, I barely use it anymore because of how few views it ended up getting me. I know some bloggers have hundreds if not thousands of followers on there, but I just don’t really use it often enough to get those sorts of numbers

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