I thought I would take some time to share a bit of insight about my blog traffic. The information below is a mix of analytics from Google Analytics and Stat Counter. This is insight from the past 30 days.
Pages per visit: 1.43
Average time on site: 24:16
Bounce rate: 8.66%
Windows – 59.25%
Mac – 17.4%
iOS – 13.29%
Android – 5.74%
% of Visits by Country:
57.17% – United States
5.87% – United Kingdom
5.57% – Canada
4.93% – India
2.83% – Australia
Top 5 City Visits:
New York City
Top Traffic Sources:
Google – 46.15%
Direct Navigation – 17.36%
Domaining.com – 17.1%
Facebook – 2.74%
Twitter – 2.53%
RSS / Email – 1.98%
Namebee – 1.35%
Bing – 1.13%
Yahoo – .91%
Facebook Mobile – .83%
Top 5 Most Visited Posts:
Google Adwords Tool
HomeAway CEO referencing VacationRentals.com purchase
Weekly brokerage listings
Go Daddy “Baker” Commercial
Its incredible that you get 57% of your visitors from the United States but 3 out of your top 5 cities are from other countries with the highest one being at under 6% in the United Kingdom. 43% from other countries is a lot and you don’t even talk about ccTLDs. Dot com is truly a world extension.
Getting 46% of your traffic from Google really shows how far reaching your blog is and the incredible platform you have. Anytime I do research through Google on anything that has to do with domains your Blog always consistently pops up so it doesn’t surprise me at all.
I am also amazed that only 17% are Mac users I thought that would be higher.
I thought some of this was interesting as well. I think the traffic in the US is pretty spread out. 6 of the top 10 are in the US. The # 1 city is actually “not set,” so that’s a lot of unaccounted for people.
I am glad I don’t rely on Google for more than half of my traffic, but I wish it were a bit higher. I am also glad sites like Reddit aren’t a major traffic contributor because that would probably drag down the time on site, increase the bounce rate, and probably wouldn’t be as valuable for advertisers.
BTW, I appreciate all your feedback and will probably be implementing one of your suggestions in the fall.
Whatever your traffic volume, the quality level is going to be pretty high, relative to the niche. That’s the objective.
There are situations where I’d take twenty high quality visitors and five legitimate inquiries to 100,000 ‘random’ visitors and whatever they happen to do.
This boggles the mind of the traffic garbitrage morons who’ve been subsisting off huge swaths of porn traffic hopefully clicking on teeth whitening ads.
The game has changed. That game is done.
Blogs like this generate the sort of traffic that’s actually worth something to some industry entity, somewhere.
Show me someone blabbering about traffic ‘quantity’, I’ll show you someone stuck in 2004.
Cool info – hold on tight to keeping that domaining.com traffic – don’t want to lose that because almost 20% traffic from them plus would affect Google since they are a major authority site
Of course, but people don’t go to Domaining.com as a destination website – they visit it to see what blogs they should visit to get the latest news. If my blog or others were removed from Domaining.com, it wouldn’t provide the same utility it does now, and people would likely find an alternative.
Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate Domaining.com as a blogger and domain investor who reads as much as I can. However, if Mike Berkens’ blog, DNW, or other major domain resource was removed from Domaining.com for some reason, I’d have to use another website to get those updates since it would no longer be as valuable to me. The value Domaining.com provides me is that all of the feeds for my preferred domain news websites are listed in a format I’ve grown accustomed to reading. If that weren’t the case, I (and likely others) would quickly find another site that offered something similar.
One could make the same argument about reliance on Google or other search engine. The thing with Domaining.com is that it would be much easier to shift domain investor habits if Domaining.com were to change formats than to change a wider audience’s search habits if there was an issue with Google traffic.
Essentially what I mean is that I am more worried about DogWalker.com’s reliance on Google than I am on my blog’s 17% of traffic from Domaining.com. My opinion is that most of those people in the domain space who use Domaining.com would find my blog some other way if it wasn’t listed there, which is different than people searching for dog walking services on Google who probably wouldn’t find DogWalker.com listings if there was a major change and the site wasn’t ranked as highly
Based on your previous anonymous comments, I can only assume you were just trying to stir the pot, but I figured I’d give more of an extensive reply anyway.
Here’s an example. Francois promotes my “Weekly Brokerage Listings” articles when he submits a listing, and he completely deletes these posts from Domaining.com when he doesn’t.
On 8/7, he (Cax.com) had a listing, and it was promoted at the top of Domaining.com. There were 54 comments: https://www.domaininvesting.com/weekly-domain-brokerage-listings-87
On 8/28, he didn’t have a listing and it was totally deleted from Domaining.com. There were 43 total comments: https://www.domaininvesting.com/weekly-domain-brokerage-listings-828
People still seem to find these posts just the same. Some weeks there are more submissions, and some weeks there aren’t. I definitely get a traffic boost from listings on Domaining.com, and I have blogged about the value of sponsored Domaining.com posts, but I think we have somewhat of a symbiotic relationship. We could survive independently without each other of course, but for his site to be successful, he needs all popular feeds and I clearly benfit from the 17%.
Domaining.com would not exist if it wasn’t for the blogs. It would literally be a blank page because he provides no content. Does visiting Domaining.com make it easier to get the news I’m looking for? Absolutely. If Domaining.com didn’t exist would I still find that same news? Absolutely.
“…but I think we have somewhat of a symbiotic relationship. We could survive independently without each other of course,…” –Elliot
I disagree. You have a parasitic relationship, where Francois is the vector parasite. He would not allow the bloggers to advertise domain names for sale on thier own blogs? What the heck??
Every blogger is in this business to sell domain names. They hardly get paid anything to blog. We have lost very good bloggers because Domaining.com is competing with the same bloggers that feed him everyday. But it is a SHAME bloggers will put up with this crap. He should be made to pay for these feeds daily. He pays nothing to get these hardworking bloggers to supply his website with feeds, and he turns around and bans them from writing about their domain names for sale??? That is unacceptable!
To top it off, this guy has the balls to delete Elliot’s popular weekly listings because he didn’t submit a name???
I’ve said this to you Elliot, if you tolerate this nonsense, and don’t do everything to make NameBee.com the standard, by pulling out of Domaining.com, and ban Francois from using your feed, i will stop visiting your blog. I mean it.
Thanks for sharing. It also points that some other countries 25% are in need of domain knowledge.
If a fight ensues between Elliot’s blog and Domaining.com, and Elliot’s blog no longer appears on domaining.com, it would be a shame for other bloggers to allow their feeds to be carried by any individual who would not allow bloggers to feature domain names for sale on their own blogs. We all win when great domains are sold by anybody. No one should bar domains from coming to the market, especially by bloggers. Bloggers should reserve the right to sell domain names on their blog.
Let’s open the market up. Go with Elliot, if he goes.
I am not knocking Domaining.com and I’m not going to be picking a fight with Francois.
Francois has the right to run his website as he sees fit since it is a private venture. As I said, he needs relevant blogs to be listed, otherwise Domaining.com is less valuable, and my blog gets 17% of its traffic from Domaining.com, so I am reliant on him to an extent.
I get that you have an issue with Domaining.com but I won’t be dragged into it. If that means you’re not coming back here, I wish you well.
It all looks nice in percentage. But when I check your website traffic with Compete it does not look so great.
Just very recently you have got some increase in traffic but many earlier months look very weak.
I trust Compete some more since Micheal from thedomains.com told that it shows his traffic quite well.
Not sure how it “all looks nice” when there’s nothing about the amount of traffic in what I shared. I also don’t see why you feel the need to use HideMyAss’ proxy to comment.
To address your Compete reference… Compete says this about TheDomains and my blog: “This site has relatively low traffic.” My blog has been getting tens of thousands of visits a month as has Mike’s (I can only assume). Advertisers continue to renew, so I can assume they find value, and at the end of the day, that’s all I care about when it comes to stats and analytics.
IMO, Alexa and Compete are similarly flawed, but with Alexa’s rankings you can at least compare sites apples to apples. Mike’s TheDomains.com blog ranks 19,915 and my blog is 21,379.
Not to speak for Elliot, but Compete/Alexa are to assessing website traffic what Estibot is to assessing the value of a domain name.
Their greatest use is as an intellectual scarlet letter; whenever anyone cites them as an authority, you know that person has no idea what they’re talking about and can be totally disregarded.
I mean, not to shit on what they try to do but I have sites that generate tens of thousands (plural) of *UVs* that Alexa says gets less than 1000 *overall visits* per month.
Interesting you have no forum traffic.
Why don’t you ask Adam over at DNF to provide your own subforum linking to your blog articles? just like he does with domaingang? teaser titles excluded of course…. With all the ads and traffic your giving him here, I would think it’s the least he can do.
He’s not giving me anything… DNF has been a paying advertiser for many months.
Great info. Elliot – thanks for sharing.
You have a very low Bounce Rate… This shows you provide a very engaging content … Good Job !!!
8.66% Bounce Rate???? Man, thats awesome!!!
“Average time on site: 24:16”
if you think about it this is as long as people spend watching a tv show without commercials very impressive