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Google Analytics report for top referrers to Futuristic Play

I have a Google Analytics report on my top referrers (and search keywords) mailed to me on a weekly basis, and I thought I’d share the results below. Note that this is visitor-only traffic, and doesn’t include RSS feed readership. Either way, blogging continues to be a very high effort-to-pageview ratio, is very inefficient, as I mentioned in a previous post Is blogging worth it? What’s the ROI?

As might be expected, the top traffic comes from a few sites:

  • Techmeme
  • Google
  • Twitter
  • Friendfeed
  • Hacker News

In particular, the top 5 make up the vast majority of the traffic, as one might expect from seeing the Power Law curve all over the place.

I personally find that Twitter and Friendfeed being high on the list is kind of a funny thing. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve started to get more active on Twitter, since at least for my particular audience, people seem to use it quite a bit. (Follow me on Twitter if you already haven’t)

The other interesting point is that a bunch of my traffic comes from aggregators in the form of Hacker News, Techmeme, Google, and others. Excepting A-List bloggers like Robert Scoble, these guys tend to drive more traffic than individual blogs – they can also be more consistent in driving traffic from week to week.

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