The words of the sadly late, eternally great Douglas Adams:
“Incidentally, am I alone in finding the expression ‘it turns out’ to be incredibly useful? It allows you to make swift, succinct, and authoritative connections between otherwise randomly unconnected statements without the trouble of explaining what your source or authority actually is. It’s great. It’s hugely better than its predecessors ‘I read somewhere that...’ or the craven ‘they say that...’ because it suggests not only that whatever flimsy bit of urban mythology you are passing on is actually based on brand new, ground breaking research, but that it’s research in which you yourself were intimately involved. But again, with no actual authority anywhere in sight.”
DNA's books are full of other good advice, although I have yet to try his approach to flying ;-)
The news out of Japan has increased traffic. 140k page views yesterday and 3.4m in the last rolling month period according to Google Analytics.
Of course, the best thing would be to get your own cut of the revenue.
Whatever ethical issues inherent in profiting off scraped content have already been bypassed by asking for money, though any issues with the law could be a bigger concern.
It shows jongales.com/drudge on app load then quickly redirects to drudgereport.com. HTH
I doubt the author does even get 10,000 unique a month. The keyword "it turns out" turns out to be a not so popular keyword with only 8.1K search per month. (Data From Google Adwords Keyword Tool)
QDF is something that's supposed to hypothetically "turn off", but with the new valuation of tweets and shares, it seems increasingly likely that these social mentions are actually beginning to count (and persist) much like links.
See SEOMoz's study of how a similar thing happened to them for the term "Beginner's Guide" when Smashing Magazine tweeted it out suddenly even when it had existed (and not ranked for the term) for months: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/tweets-effect-rankings-unexpected...
You are of course correct about QDF. The first half of his post is indeed relevant to that, but the major point is further down.
Content is still king though.
That converted into about a doubling of my RSS subscriber base to just over 100.
But culling RSS subscribers seems to be mostly a game of posting and linking and getting buzz on close a daily basis, whereas I'll occasionally have one or two months of inactivity.
Otherwise, somewhere between 0.5 and 1% of visitors ever check out other posts.
Thanks for sharing the story, just wondering...
I am not judging him, I am only concerned for him.
Once I realized what was happening, I added some code to my webpage so that removes itself from the frame it's embedded in. It's essential the same as finding it on a web search, but it's page rank is a lot higher on the image search due to the iPhone image.
The reason I was going to check is that there's no way he's getting that many visits on such an obscure term. There's simply not that many searches. Also without some kind of link, there's no way for a bot to even know your site exists.
Perhaps it's just me. I must be missing something. Maybe the article was a bit over-stated?
I've maintained the rankings because of the links I received during that traffic spike as well as the traffic coming in through the search engine results. What better way for Google to test whether a site is actually decent or not than to rank it quickly because it's getting traffic, then keep it there or drop it based on the CTR and Bounce Rate of the site? It's possible to game these metrics, but not as easily as something like link or content spam.
For reference, the blog post is: http://www.layeredthoughts.com/automation/how-to-write-your-...
"It's well known that traffic and SERP CTR has a significant impact on rankings."
We can see they're measuring it, it's obviously at least worth investigating as a signal, I'd be absolutely astounded if they aren't using it.
(I'm also a little surprised at Matt's continued insistence that the search team don't use CTR data from the Adwords and/or Analytics teams data. As a user-of-search, I'd like them to use _all_ available signals, and I suspect the Google Analytics data contains information which would noticeably improve the quality of search results).
Traffic (and Analytics data) absolutely has an effect on your rankings. As mentioned above, it's part of the QDF effect