Twitter drives traffic to your blog. But how much?
Most of the evidence of Twitter-to-Blog traffic was circumstantial though: Google Analytics only tracks referral site traffic. As More and more people use a desktop or mobile applications, most of the visits from people clicking on Twitter-ed links are registered as “direct traffic”, and not originating from Twitter. Quid?
Now the mystery is solved, thanks to bit.ly, the URL shortener I use for all my Tweets. Bit.ly always tracked the clicks per link. Via their website you could track exactly that: the clicks per link, which looked like this:
If I wanted to have comprehensive stats, I had to add all clicks manually. In my case, a task I never had the patience for. I Twitterfeed all updates on my news aggregators up to twice per hour, five links per update maximum. This is done automatically for these blogs:
- Humanitarian News, on Twitter: @HumanityNews
- AidNews, on Twitter: @AidNews
- AidBlogs, on Twitter: @AidBlogs
- The Nonprofit Blogs, on Twitter: @NonProfitBlogs
- Aid Resources, on Twitter: @AidResources
- The Weird Bit, on Twitter: @TheWeirdBit
- AidResources, on Twitter: @AidResources
While all this happens automatically, the question remained: how high is the traffic “return”? I never knew, but bit.ly has now come to me rescue. They released more comprehensive statistics, unravelling the mystery of the relationship between my blog traffic and Twitter.
So Mister Bitly and Missus Twitter, how much traffic do you generate to my blogs? (Taraaaa):
The answer: 28,183 visits. Per week. That is over 100,000 visits per month.
I don’t think you need any other proof about the profound influence Twitter has on your blog traffic, do you?
What did you say? You are not on Twitter yet, but are ready to get started? Read my Twitter for Dummies guide, then!