Unexpected Sources of Traffic

by derek on September 26, 2007 · 14 comments

The other day when I posted about the insanity of wearing crocs, I really had no idea that it would stir up that much interest.
With the debate going back and forth on the crocs, I began to notice a somewhat unexpected source of traffic arriving to the site as a result of this post.
Apparently my post on crocs had made it to the finance pages on Google and Yahoo. When viewing the stock quote and company information at both Google and Yahoo, there is a section specifically for blog posts that are discussing the company in question.
In the first two days that the post had been published, I received over 100 unique visitors from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. While that is not a huge number of visitors, any number of new visitors is always a welcome thing. Some of those new visitors may become regular readers and that is very encouraging.
One thing that came to mind when I realized the number of visitors that were arriving from the CROX stock page on Google and Yahoo was how many of those visitors were commenting in support of crocs. As an investor in the company, it would be make sense that you support the products of the company as you have a vested interest in their success but that is a discussion for another time.
Whether you are a relatively new blogger or have been around for awhile, you likely spend a good deal of time trying to increase your website traffic through various methods. As I have learned through this experience, always keep an open mind as to where that traffic may come from because you just might find an unexpected source of traffic.
Have you found any unexpected sources of traffic on your blog?

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Nick September 27, 2007 at 12:43 am

That’s an interesting phenomenon. Too bad you couldn’t harness some of that traffic towards your finance blog where the topic of the blog may (or may not) be just as if not more geared toward the reader’s interest :S

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????? (Jason) September 27, 2007 at 4:06 am

Unexpected traffic is a funny thing, as it’s often caused by something we did for fun. Hopefully some of those unique visitors will become regular readers 🙂
I’ve received quite a bit of traffic because of the Japanese / English name when I leave comments. This was originally done on a site that had been heavily Dugg, and there were already two comments by people with the name “Jason”. Rather than be yet another Jason and have my comment auto-ignored, I decided to spell my name in Japanese and then add the English in brackets (which kind of fits, since I’m in Japan). After seeing a jump of 150+ visits from that site alone, I decided to start using the Katakana characters whenever leaving comments.
Completely accidental, but very effective for traffic.

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Leo September 27, 2007 at 5:00 am

People come to my site looking for porn 😉

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derek September 27, 2007 at 10:15 am

@Nick :: I’ve had a few posts on my finance site where I mentioned a specific ticker symbol and had them show up on a various finance related sites. It might be worth it to do a little experiment on my finance site.
@Jason :: Thanks! That is great that you have seen a nice little boost in traffic from your Japanese/English signature. When I saw it for the first time, I know that I clicked through to check it out.
@Leo :: Speaking of which, isn’t it about time for you to post another photo shoot? BTW, I get a fair amount of searches from people looking for the porn star Danielle Derek.

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Nick September 27, 2007 at 10:24 am

So I should start including the ticker symbol when I mention companies in my “money” related posts?
Maybe I should go back and add ticker symbols to some of those older posts….nah, I’m too lazy.

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costa rica real estate mujer September 28, 2007 at 1:07 am

That’s cool. Semantics made a good impact on your site… Crocs and CROX. I’m glad you increased your traffic. Congrats

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Jake September 28, 2007 at 2:55 pm

Derek, this is great. First I have heard of someone getting on the finance pages. The post received a great number of comments which is fantastic!

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Mechanics October 1, 2007 at 4:54 am

That’s a great improvement on your blog. I’ve also experienced that good phenomenon. Some or many of those visitors could be your potential regular readers if they got the right or interesting information from your blog. It’s only happens if you got the attentions of everyone. You did a great post! Congrats

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derek October 1, 2007 at 9:35 am

@Costa Rica :: Thanks, btw I am always trying to convince my wife that we should retire to Costa Rica so I found your site interesting!
@Jake :: Thanks, I was surprised to see that the post made it there as well but enjoyed the influx of traffic.
@Mechanics :: Thanks, I’ve been seeing a few new faces around the blog since that post so I think it worked out well.

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Rose DesRochers October 1, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Wow congrats on the traffic.
I get allot of traffic from news.myspace and lindsayashford.net. The keyword marry our daughter sends a lot of traffic too.

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Louis October 2, 2007 at 2:00 am

Sometimes i’m very surprised who picks up a blog post of mine and runs with it. I had one particular post read by one person, they emailed it to a friend half way around the world and it made it into a newspaper complete with a link to my site. It generated some nice traffic. Ever since that, I put a email this post plugin on that blog to encourage people to email stories.

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derek October 2, 2007 at 9:06 am

Louis, that is very cool to have an article make it to the newspaper like that and send a really unexpected source of traffic. Thanks for sharing!

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Steve Elliott May 31, 2008 at 11:11 am

I’d say anyone who wears crocs is a snappy dresser!
(Groan!)

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