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It's numbers that count for me, not fractions.
I'm still pretty sure he owes you a good few beers though :)
So is 50% SE referrals incredibly stupendous? Not really... I'm more impressed with the bookmark referrals. Means people like the site enough to come back. Eventually, maybe it will all start turning into some online sales...
My thought was that a high SE traffic rate indicates that the site is easy to find for targeted keywords. Assuming visitors like the contents, the site will be bookmarked and there should also be a steady growth in linkage, which will push it even higher towards the top, making it even easier to find. And so on.
And apart from the great point on numbers rather than %'s they have a point. As already pointed out, a SE suddenly drops your pages, or closes down (eg: go) and your page views may decrease dramatically. They are, when you think of it, capricious beasts.
I would not pay a lot for a site domain if most hits were from major Se's but i would pay a lot if it had hundreds of relevant external links in. That is more substantial I think for the long term, and we could then use our SEO skills to improve SERP positioning later.
I still think SEO is 10% inspiration (and knowledge) and 90% perspiration and even more so these days where short cuts are slim.
Been there Done That. Always keep something else as a back up.
I keep other traffic in reserve to keep the sales and traffic alive when the SE's mess around with a good thing.
Links= 103,979 - 56.70%
SE's == 79,171 - 43.17%
But, this stat is deceiving because I cross-link heavily from other domains and subpages I own in the same (themed) network of sites which act as doorways for this particular hub. I'd conservatively estimate that slightly more than half of those generated from links are from my own sites and they in turn pulled in the traffic from the SEs. The adjusted figures would then be
Links = 53,113 - 29%
SE's = 130,037 - 71%
A lot of stat programs I've seen have a referrer category called either "bookmarks" or "direct requests"... basically, I think it's visits that don't include an outside referrer. Either they typed the URL directly into the browser, they used a bookmark, or their browser is screwy. However, if your number of "bookmark/direct request" visits vastly outnumber the amount of "odd" browsers you see in the logs, you can safely assume (I think) that you have a lot of bookmark/typed URL visitors.
You can also track favicon requests through your 404 logs if you don't have a favicon.