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Netscape Traffic

Written by George Manty  · June 20, 2006

I was curious about Netscape’s Beta traffic which is one of the big reason’s that I wrote the post about Netscape vs. Digg.

I expect that once this comes out of Beta it will give a lot more traffic to websites. That said, the extra traffic wasn’t awe inspiring.

I posted my article Friday around lunch time and have had 173 visitors from the link as of early this morning (Tuesday). My blog post still shows up as a related article on the home page on the Netscape Tips tab (up at the top of the page).

All in all, the extra traffic wasn’t bad for a Friday. But it would be a lot better if Netscape didn’t host the content on their site with a very small “visit this site” link to your site. To quote Darren Rowse of Problogger:

but the internal links really bug me as do the ‘visit this site’ links which take you to the source of the news but with an annoying netscape frame on the side and still with a netscape URL. I’m not a fan of this type of strategy to keep users on a site and doubt I’ll be a regular at Netscape as a result.

If the links took the reader directly to my site, my traffic would have been much, much better. Due to this annoying practice the post on my blog has 0 comments, whereas Netscape’s copy of my post has 14 comments. This shows me that most people only read the article on Netscape and never come to my blog.

Anyway, it is interesting to see that my article still shows up on their home page. We will see how long that lasts.

What are your thoughts? Would you have expected more or less traffic from having such a visible link on Netscape?


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