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Web Traffic News Reports on New StumbleUpon Updates

StumbleUpon has been working hard to make important changes to their terms of service and privacy policy.

StumbleUpon Infographic     They have also just launched in the UK, created personalized suggestions, and pushed updates to their iPhone and Android apps.  The StumbleUpon team knows that most of their users do not enjoy reviewing legal forms however their goal is to be more transparent to their users.

On the left side of this post you will see a valuable StumbleUpon infographic which displays the stats and growth of this highly effective social media site.

I am quoting directly from the e-mail message that StumbleUpon sent me. Following are some of the key updates that StumbleUpon has made:

“The Terms of Service and Privacy Policy now cover our newest products and features, such as our mobile and web applications and the ability to join StumbleUpon using your Facebook and Google accounts.

As you know, StumbleUpon is a personalized content discovery service, so our primary goal in collecting data is to improve the content recommendations we make to you. In our updated Privacy Policy, we provide a fuller explanation of the data we collect, how we use it, and the options we provide regarding your personal information.

In our mission to help you discover great content from across the Web, we clarify in our Terms of Service that while StumbleUpon refers and recommends its content, most of this content is controlled by third parties.

We have inserted headings in both the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for ease of reference, and made some clarifying legal changes.”

These Terms of Service are projected to be be fully effective for existing users as of Oct. 15, 2012. The update to the Privacy Policy is effective immediately.

Please leave me a comment regarding your experience with StumbleUpon?

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

Web Traffic in the U.S. Fast, but not like South Korea’s

Web traffic internet speed

Web Traffic in the U.S. is Fast, but not like South Korea’s.  The web traffic in South Korea is fast.  I can attest to this fact because for 2 years from 2009 – 2011 I lived there.  Don Reisinger just reported on Akamai’s State of the Internet report.  This report revealed the average connection speed in South Korea is about 16Mbps.  In the U.S., it’s 5.8Mbps.   I found this content and curated it via Scoop.it

I am curious to know what is the internet and website speed where you are at?  Do you pay for dial-up, cable, broadband, or satellite access to the internet?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

10 Ways to Hit the Web Traffic Jackpot

You can design the most attractive website or create the best blog on the web and it will all be wasted effort if it never sees the light of day. Generating traffic is the name of the game when it comes to brand-building, creating advertising revenue, and boosting visibility. There are dozens of tips and tricks to drive traffic to your blog or website, all with varying degrees of success; here are ten of the most effective.

  1. Keep Content Fresh and Valuable – Whether your site is designed to provide pertinent information or to sell goods or services, it’s important that there be a sizable amount of relevant information in a variety of forms such as articles, videos and photographs. Not only will this valuable content make a visitor more likely to purchase your goods or utilize your services, the ability to find free and informative material will inspire them to keep coming back.
  2. Learn SEO – SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, can be intimidating at first. There are dozens of books on the subject, ranging from the simple how-to for beginners to complex manuals for veterans. Simply put, learning how to manage SEO content will help you drive targeted traffic to your site, and it’s one of the most valuable skills a budding web entrepreneur can add to their arsenal.
  3. Create a Newsletter – One of the most effective ways of generating repeat traffic to your site is by creating a free newsletter. When visitors to your website sign up for your newsletter they’re doing so because they have an active interest in your area of expertise. Sending out a regular newsletter to inform subscribers of new content and site updates will often result in a visit. Be sure to follow the CAN-SPAM act guidelines when designing your newsletter.
  4. Use Social Media – Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are a great way to generate traffic as well as to maintain and broaden your audience. In addition to being incredibly powerful tools to reach the masses, most of them have the added bonus of being completely free to use.
  5. Give Interviews – Accepting requests for interviews will not only boost your visibility and help to build your personal brand, but it also often results in a flood of new traffic to your site if the interviewer includes a link or the name of your website.
  6. Create a Podcast – There are podcasts out there to cater to almost every niche market in the world. Creating your own podcast that is full of interesting and informative content can be a very effective method for generating site traffic, and can also position you as a heavy-hitter in your field.
  7. Use a PPC Client – Essentially, using a Pay Per Click client is a way of generating traffic to your site by paying for visitors. Tracking your ads and their results is certainly the most important aspect of PPC marketing; without tracking, it’s impossible to calculate the effectiveness of your ads. Powerhouses like Google and Yahoo! both offer PPC clients that are easy to operate.
  8. Use an Email Signature – Including the link to your website in your email signature is a very simple and completely free way to generate interest in your site. Each person that receives an email from you becomes a potential client when the ability to access your goods or services is at the bottom of the page.
  9. Submit Content to E-zines For Free – Like providing interviews to other websites and blogs, contributing content related to your field  of expertise to e-zines free of charge can drive traffic to your site by boosting your visibility and portraying you as an expert within your chosen niche. Instead of seeing each piece of content as a sacrifice, view them as investments with a potentially large payoff.
  10. Build a Forum Presence – Forums and online message boards dedicated to your field of knowledge or chosen topic are a great way to connect with others who share your interests and to network with other webmasters. Just like adding the link to your email signature can generate traffic, so can including it in your forum signature. Building a reputation of being knowledgeable can go a long way towards directing traffic and potential clients your way.

Regardless of your end reasons for desiring routine traffic to your site, you cannot rely on only one or two methods of driving traffic. The more of the above avenues that you put to use, the more traffic you will find coming your way.

*Reprinted with permission from Hannah Howard of LonghornLeads.com

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Always to your web traffis success,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

SEO and Social are Top Web Traffic Drivers for India

India's National Flag     Last month website traffic stats were released indicating that search engines are still drive the #1 source of website traffic in India with social traffic coming in 2nd and on the rise.  The marketing research firm, Experian reported that search engine traffic in India is now at around 17% of traffic to websites and social networks next at 14%.

Business and financial sites had the 3rd most traffic with 29%, airlines were 2nd with 32% and the #1 sector that recieved the most web traffic was the automotive industry.

Social web traffic netted 6% of the activity relating to business sites, with 4% coming in next for aviation related sites.  Experian also found the products receiving the highest volume of searches were mobile phones, laptops, cameras, entertainment related searches, footwear, watches and apparel.

In the social media space, Experian reports that Facebook received 52% of all searches which is an increase up from 27% last year.  YouTube, was the second most popular site, claiming 20% of visits, which is up 17% from last year as well.

From the Web Traffic News Desk,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown