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Search engines refer less than 7% of all traffic

according to this article

     

aBE

2:47 am on Dec 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Any thoughts on this? Adage.com picked up the story...

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3:51 am on Dec 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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i may be wrong but Webside Story i think only tracks site that use HotBox. Becuase this is a mainly free web tracking service for small and amateur websites i would take the percentage as being valid in any shape or form for these sites only. I would guess these sites invest less in SEO, and may not have as much content, when content is favoured by SE's at present.

Id they had really good content they would probably invest in a better form of referrer tracking than HitBox.

But this may be old info.. im not sure whether Web side story is still only exclusive HitBox as it was a year ago

5:34 am on Dec 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Most of these poll results from sites without considering that a search engine got the visitor there in the first place around 90% of the time and the rest being repeat visitors who have bookmarked the site.
9:25 am on Dec 21, 2000 (gmt 0)

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May I respectfully draw the attention of my learned collegues to this discussion in "Breaking Search Engine News" which deals with this issue:
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aBE

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I apologize for being redundant. I had not seen that post in other category/forum.

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here is another article about the importance of search engines in terms of generating traffic.

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hope my competition believes search engines are not important. hehe.