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A Revenue Sharing Site's Top Traffic Referral Sources

By Edited Sep 4, 2015 6 9

Some time back on the Bukisa blog the site reported the top traffic referring sites for Bukisa. Since Bukisa is a revenue sharing article site, much like Infobarrel, this list is of significant interest to anyone on Infobarrel and anyone trying to pull traffic to a website. There are some surprises on the list for me:
  1. Stumbleupon.com
  2. Facebook.com
  3. Answers.yahoo.com
  4. reddit.com
  5. newsvine.com
  6. digg.com
  7. twitter.com
  8. youtube.com
  9. wiki.answers.com
  10. mixx.com
  11. topix.com
  12. craigslist.org

StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg, and Mixx are all social bookmark sharing sites.  You or some other user promotes your articles onto the bookmarking sites and some get picked up and end up with a lot of exposure.  Being overly promotional on your own work or promoting too much content from one domain is going to get you in trouble on these sites.  Exercise caution.

Facebook and Twitter are places where interesting content gets passed around. They will rank high as traffic sources because of the social nature of the sites and that they are great places for an article to go viral because links, not the entire article, get passed around on Facebook and Twitter. Links on these sites also get a boost from Google.

Answers sites make sense.  If you write an article that answers a question then paste the link into the answers site against a related question you've got a valuable backlink.  Use caution though - if you are just seen to be promoting your own stuff you can get banned, voted down etc.

Topix is a news aggregation site with a forum that was intended to be hyperlocal.  You can make comments in the forum and on news stories and include links there.  You can create an account which can be good for building a reputation (the number of posts shows by your name. You can also post anonomously or under any name you like each time. For example someone posting an opinion against front license plates in BC posted under the handle "front plates suck".   

YouTube is a really interesting place to drive traffic to articles from. I'm surprised that YouTube is being used to drive significant traffic to an article based revenue sharing site. This needs more exploration - maybe I'll research and write more on how this might work.

Similarly, I've never heard of using Craigslist is a site to bring traffic to articles. This strategy needs more exploration. One commenter on Bukisa reported posting his/her 'how to' article on fishing up on Craigslis as free instructions.  Another poster suggested using the Craigslist forum as a place to post articles but from what I've seen of the forum that would not work.  Got insights?Please comment below (join to comment free if  you are not a infobarrel member already).

I intend to keep updating this article so if you see a comment that does not make sense compared to the text of the article, it is not the commenter's fault - I likely incorporated the idea into the article text or otherwise added to the article.

If you are writing on any revenue sharing site, or blogging on any topic of interest to a lot of people, this list of top referring sites to a revenue sharing site is a great place to start for promoting your work with backlinks.



Feb 9, 2012 12:20am
Interesting list jadedragon. Craigslist may work for specific articles. I have noticed in some of the forums that individuals ask about how to potty train their dog, where to find a job online or what local spots are good hangouts. I guess if you responded to these queries with an article that answered the question, you may see a flow of traffic. I would be interested to see what others have to say about CL startegies. Thanks for sharing this info.
Feb 9, 2012 12:26am
You can write articles in batches of say, 10, when you learn about a niche and then record a short how-to, instructional or related Youtube video to drive traffic. Filming ought to be quick since you might be able to do it right off of an article outline (or article itself), for example.
Feb 9, 2012 2:24am
One thought I've had regarding YouTube is to convert an article into a video (there's software that will do this automatically, but I've not used it) and embed a link to the written article from the video.

I don't know if you could directly convert an IB article into a video, or whether it would need rewriting first.
Feb 9, 2012 2:38am
Is that how they put together the mechanical voice videos that sound so weird?
Feb 9, 2012 2:47am
Probably. It's article video robot, and they have samples on the site. I imagine they're essentially cutting & pasting words together, which even at its' best never sounds as good as the real thing.

Of course, you could always just narrate the article yourself, or pay a professional to do it, and add your own sound and graphics. I don't know if this would be worth the time and expense, but it might be worth trying for a few articles.
Feb 9, 2012 12:15pm
Nice article..i need to start bookmarking my articles and I do have a different twist to Craigslist..Im going to see if it will work.
Feb 9, 2012 9:32pm
Good sites to promote our articles. I never thought of craigslist and topix.
Feb 10, 2012 12:02am
Fantastic! Thanks so much for this!
Feb 10, 2012 4:04am
Great list of sites for back linking. But what about Redgage, I get a heck of a lot of feedback from them. And it is so quick and easy to do.
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