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    Google Plus Traffic Sinks, Stumbleupon Soars

    Google Plus seems to be exhausting its novelty value, and is apparently experiencing a sharp fall. It's still in beta though, and not quite complete (as the article says, business users are underserved), but Facebook hasn't been sitting still as indicated by their recent addition of features inspired by Google+. This may still be a very uphill battle for Google.

    Meanwhile, StumbleUpon is actually gaining ground it seems! It shouldn't be forgotten as a potential traffic source, especially considering it is all about link sharing. I believe sites in StumbleUpon also get seen more depending on how many users upvote the site, and they do so only if they find it really valuable. This might mean that the StumbleUpon traffic might be directly proportional to the quality and value of the site.

    How's your G+ and SU traffic?
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    I think google+ will not grow all that much.
    They now place all reliance on getting the REAL names of users.
    As google said, REAL NAMES are what advertisers want!
    So they want your real name so that THEY can make money off it.
    For google, it is all about controlling your online presence and making money from that presence.

    I for one, will bypass google+ because I am not going to give them my REAL name, address, phone number, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    It's still in beta though
    Gmail was in Beta for 137 years...

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    That does beg the question on how long a "Google Year" is if a dog year is 7 human years...60 days? 2 x Panda cycles??

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    I haven't been impressed with google plus at all. I don't mind the badges on my site but the social networking site is a bust IMO.
    I've always loved stumbleupon and the traffic it's brought
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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    Meanwhile, StumbleUpon is actually gaining ground it seems! It shouldn't be forgotten as a potential traffic source, especially considering it is all about link sharing. I believe sites in StumbleUpon also get seen more depending on how many users upvote the site, and they do so only if they find it really valuable. This might mean that the StumbleUpon traffic might be directly proportional to the quality and value of the site.
    I just spent a few minutes playing around with StumbleUpon and found some interesting websites. Perhaps the web surfers are getting a better experience stumbling than surfing Google.

    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    I think google+ will not grow all that much.
    They now place all reliance on getting the REAL names of users.
    As google said, REAL NAMES are what advertisers want!
    So they want your real name so that THEY can make money off it.
    For google, it is all about controlling your online presence and making money from that presence.
    I think that the case with +1 is that Google is making so much money that don't know what to do with it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    I just spent a few minutes playing around with StumbleUpon and found some interesting websites. Perhaps the web surfers are getting a better experience stumbling than surfing Google.
    Google is only good for direct search for specific things. Sometimes, though, you don't know exactly what to search for, but have a general idea of what you want. Last time I used StumbleUpon I used it as an idea generator, and usually the stuff you get with it is very very good which indicates that the rating system they use works quite well.

    I think there's some truth to what some say about social networks, that they are increasingly becoming a way people find content too. Instead of putting in specific search terms personalization and categorization allow people to get to what they want. If this trend continues Google might be relegated to a niche of long-tail search, but not much more.

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    StumbleUpon traffic converts very poorly.

    +1 sucks. Just like Buzz. And just like Plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    I think there's some truth to what some say about social networks, that they are increasingly becoming a way people find content too. Instead of putting in specific search terms personalization and categorization allow people to get to what they want. If this trend continues Google might be relegated to a niche of long-tail search, but not much more.
    Facebook is kind of like the free television business model where free content is monetized with ads. FB rather than providing free tv programs to watch gets the eyeballs with free social tools including Facebook Chat, Like Button. Messages and Inbox, News feeds, and the Wall. On the other hand, Google provides search with a bunch of poorly integrated services i.e. gmail, blogspot etc.

    Both of these services don't provide high quality entertainment value to the web surfer. Facebook in my opinion doesn't serve the old school web surfer and the Google ranking system has crowded out a lot of websites. The Mayday update introduced a phrase-based indexing approach and changes to the ranking algorithm for long tails. Many of the long tail searches don't provide many new sites. I think that's where Stumpleupon is picking up an audience.

    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    Google is only good for direct search for specific things. Sometimes, though, you don't know exactly what to search for, but have a general idea of what you want. Last time I used StumbleUpon I used it as an idea generator, and usually the stuff you get with it is very very good which indicates that the rating system they use works quite well.
    It seems to me that social bookmarking isn't dead. I think it needs work. But used correctly it could replace directories as a source of websites to return search results. +1 most likely will fail. It seems that Google is trying to clone the Facebook advertising model instead of providing new innovations.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmi View Post
    StumbleUpon traffic converts very poorly.

    +1 sucks. Just like Buzz. And just like Plus.
    Stumbleupon offers ads for 5 cents where you can target by interest, location and demographics

    https://www.stumbleupon.com/pd/index/plans/

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    hmm. It seems that Facebook will run for long time perhaps. Haven't get into Google+ since it started although it somehow helps your popularity ranking rise (just noticed with sites in higher rankings, they also have higher Google+ votes). As for Stumbleupon, i think it remains its popularity, nothing has change.
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