Take The Google Challenge

So many people are now Googling for answers to their questions, it is not surprising that Google brings a goodly number of visitors to most websites.  I was particularly struck by this after a simple analysis I did for an article on Search Engine Marketing in the Marketing Right Now series.

Free Online Polls

Before I show you the results, perhaps you would like to fill-in the small survey on the right, provided your own website has more than 5000 page views per month.  This restriction is intended to give slightly greater validity to the findings.  It is completely anonymous, so please provide truthful results. 

From whatever data you have available for a reasonable period of time, say at least a month, please signify which bracket covers the percentage of visitors coming via Google to your website.  That could for example be Google analytics data if you use that.  Other traffic monitoring usually give similar data.


I suggest the result may be indicative of how well your site is optimized for Google keyword queries.  It will be very instructive to see the range of responses.  I was extremely gratified for this SMM domain with the results that appear below.  That is based on 6 months of data. 

SMM Website Traffic - 6 months

Sources of website traffic
Direct 9.40%
Search Engines Google 71.24%;
Yahoo! 2.57%
Live 1.24%
Google Images 0.98%
MSN 0.69%
Total search engines 76.72%
Others StumbleUpon 3.05%
Wikipedia 0.64%
Google blogs 0.62%
Other 9.57%

71 percent of visitors coming via Google shows the SEO is very effective.  Can anyone top that? Please add your result in the comments if your website gets a greater percentage of Google visitors. Your views on what this all means would be much appreciated too.

Update: There’s a very interesting discussion on this at Cre8asite Forums. I encourage you to join in.

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7 thoughts on “Take The Google Challenge”

  1. I’ve got two websites right now with more than 5k, for the last month Google is bringing in 60% and 80% of their visitors. For the one that’s at 80%, I’ve definitely been targeting a lot of keyword phrases straight from the Adwords tool – even doing small article campaigns for rather specific posts.

    On the other 60% site, my front page is targeted for specific keywords and all the posts are kind of just random news and events I find interesting. this one gets a lot more social network traffic, too, since it deals with controversial political stuff.

  2. Well done, John. It will be interesting to see what the pattern in the survey shows. Unfortunately there will be a bias for those who are more pleased with their efforts to vote.

  3. Generally seeing 70% of visitors are from Google, its frightening that a search engine can potentially affect a business so much (by reducing their rankings if they don’t like what they see).
    Sorry I have not posted in a while… I kinda got burnt out blogging all last year and just getting back into it after a year off…

  4. My personal website http://www.liamdelahunty.com gets a fair amount of search traffic, 57K page views in the last month, 82.97% from google.

    Looking back to the start of the year to date, we’re now talking a quarter of a million visits, with 357K pageviews and 84.73% Google.

    Personally, those stats terrify me. Without Google I’d have practically no traffic.

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