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Facebook Surpasses Google As Leading Traffic Source to Media Sites

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You know that getting referral traffic is just as important, if not more, than organic traffic to your site. Referred visitors often land on your page due to a recommendation (in the form of a link or social share) from a trusted source. This means that these visitors aren't just casually or accidentally arriving at your site - they're already interested or engaged with your content or products.

Traditionally, Facebook has been an excellent resource - dwarfing other social networks in terms of social referral traffic. Now, Facebook has topped Google in referral traffic to media sites overall.

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7 Steps For Optimizing Images

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Everybody knows how important images are on webpages. Visual content continues to get more and more popular, making pages that have large blocks of text without any images or video appear ever more outdated. Not to mention, image posts on social media tend to get much more engagement and traffic.

But while you've been adding images to your site to enhance user experience, you may have overlooked the SEO advantages that images can provide. Luckily, optimizing images for search engines is simple and it can have a noticeable effect on traffic and rank.

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

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Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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Google Provides More Information About Mobile-Friendly Algorithm

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First came the addition of mobile usability features to webmaster tools. Then it was announced that mobile usability will absolutely become a ranking factor in mobile searches. Then came the announcement that Google's mobile-friendly algorithm will begin it's rollout on April 21.

While it may or may not deserve the term that some have given it - "mobilegeddon" - the fact remains that this adjustment could have an even bigger effect than Google's infamous Panda and Penguin algorithm changes. Now, Google has provided some advice for webmasters trying to prevent the loss of mobile traffic.

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Majority of "Direct Traffic" Could Actually Come From Organic Search

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According an experiment recently conducted by Chicago company Groupon, much of what websmasters believe to be direct traffic might actually be attributable to organic search. It's well-known that a "direct" visit occurs when a user types a URL or uses a bookmark to access a site, rather than using a search engine.

However, browsers are notoriously bad at reporting direct traffic accurately. Other factors such as a user's operating system, especially if it's an older version of iOS, can also contribute to unclear or inaccurate data.

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