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LAPD Asks Celebs To Tweet The Traffic News LAPD Asks Celebs To Tweet The Traffic News
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Apparently, L.A. traffic is about to get worse. Beginning on the July 15th weekend, about 10 miles of Los Angeles’ 405 freeway will be closed. For those of us that don’t live in L.A., I’m hearing that this is kind …

Gawker Redesign a Success? Gawker Redesign a Success?
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As you may recall, Gawker Media recently redesigned a number of its web properties in an interesting way that keeps users on the front page. For example, if you go to Gizmodo, and click on one of the headlines in …

Facebook Traffic Vs. Website Traffic Facebook Traffic Vs. Website Traffic
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It’s clear that many sites are using Facebook for marketing purposes. The social network has given businesses many new ways to communicate, brand, engage, and more. In fact, recognized search expert Bruce Clay called the popular Facebook “Like” metric the new link.

How To Get Huge Traffic From LinkedIn How To Get Huge Traffic From LinkedIn
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As you probably know,  LinkedIn has had a huge week. The company launched a wildly successful IPO, doubling the company’s valuation overnight. While there is a fair amount of debate as to whether or not this valuation is too high, …

11 Ways to Promote Infographics 11 Ways to Promote Infographics
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Infographics are a hit with online marketers this year and as more companies hire designers to artfully represent data in creative and engaging ways, many fall short when it comes to infographic promotion. It’s the old “great content will attract …

Does Netflix Efficiency Eliminate Its Traffic Rate? Does Netflix Efficiency Eliminate Its Traffic Rate?
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Yesterday, it was revealed that Netflix use, specifically, their streaming service, takes up 30 percent of all North American web traffic. In fact, Netflix was the number one service in terms of its North American traffic count, beating out search …

Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites Osama bin Laden Death Drives Massive Traffic for News Sites
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Obviously the Osama bin Laden news drove (and continues to drive) a massive amount of news coverage from all sorts of publications. Coverage from tech blogs has taken some criticism this week, as Mashable announced a record number of unique …

TomTom Launches Traffic Site
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TomTom, the Dutch personal navigation company with the fun to say name, has announced today via press release a new site with live traffic data for the masses to access – for free. Possibly feeling their market encroached upon by …

Gawker Traffic Reportedly Down 25% Following Design Changes
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A lot of sites have been experiencing major crises in traffic over the last week or so since Google’s recent algorithm update aimed at low quality content. Gawker has been hit with a similar problem, but for an entirely different reason.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton revealed today that the company’s traffic is down by nearly a quarter as a result of the recent widely publicized redesign. 

SMB Website Study: Frequent Updates + Social Media = Greater Traffic

SiteKreator, a small business website builder, has just released the results of their study in which they analyzed 5,000 random websites through 2010. The results revealed that small businesses who update their site content more often receive more traffic on a monthly basis vs sites who make less frequent updates. Additionally, sites which leveraged social media in their online strategies also received more traffic than sites not using social media.

Facebook Drives Massive Traffic Boosts To Media Sites
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Facebook says it has increased referral traffic to media sites by over 100% thanks to tools like its social plugins and Graph API, both of which were launched at f8 back in April. 

Facebook has worked with some organizations closely to help them find the right integrations, which is good for all parties involved – more traffic for the media sites and more data for Facebook. 

Webmasters Concerned About Lost Traffic Due to Google Notifications
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On Friday, Google aded a new notification to search results for letting people know when a site may have been hacked. As hacking is running rampant these days, it’s probably not a bad idea. However, not all webmasters are thrilled about it. 

Need More Traffic to Your Content? You Might Try a Tool Like This.
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You know how Facebook’s "like" buttons, retweet buttons, and various other social sharing buttons can help drive traffic to your site? ShareThis has launched a widget that site owners, particularly ones who put out a lot of content, may find useful for driving traffic and engagement with that content. 

Are Ad Pixel and Tag Issues Costing You Traffic and Sales?
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TagMan, a marketing tag management firm that deals with problems associated with site tagging and tracking of online marketing campaigns, is sharing some interesting results from a survey about ad pixels and tag implementation. The firm surveyed 100 client and agency ad execs around the world, and found that 99% of those surveyed faced problems with ad pixel/tag implementation and management, costing them traffic and sales.

Digg Users Sure Dig Digg Competitor Reddit
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Update: Digg Founder Kevin Rose has made the following statements on Twitter:

We’re working hard to fix the source diversity part of the digg algorithm, more news soon…

We want to ensure diversity of sources, and we’re working on that now…

Measuring Social Media Effectiveness May Have Just Gotten Easier
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Everyone knows that social media provides some great opportunities for marketing, but measurement issues continue to plague businesses. You know content is being shared, but you don’t know how people who its being shared with are responding to it.

Are you content with your ability to measure social media effectiveness? Let us know.

Twitter Launches its Official Tweet Button
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Twitter has launched its official Tweet button for publishers to place on their content. There are numerous unofficial buttons out there that publishers have been taking advantage of for quite a while, but now there’s one right from the company that counts tweets no matter how they were tweeted.

Actually, Twitter is working with TweetMeme on this one. TweetMeme has been offering probably the most popular version of the tweet button for publishers. Twitter says TweetMeme will be switching over to the official Twitter button anyway.

StumbleUpon’s Platform Getting Advertisers’ Attention
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Earlier this year, StumbleUpon launched its new advertising system, which it said helps cost-effectively deliver advertiser content to targeted audiences, while increasing the opportunity for content to go viral. Since then, the platform has experienced some pretty significant growth.

The company announced today that it has experienced 20% growth since the launch in March, with about 2,000 active monthly customers running about 3,000 campaigns daily.

Which Sites Drive the Most Referral Traffic?
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John Pozadzides of the Web analytics company Woopra wrote a guest post for ReadWriteWeb looking at the web’s top sources of referral traffic. He breaks it down in to the following categories: social network, social bookmark, search, and media.

MapQuest Greatly Expands Coverage of Live Traffic

MapQuest announced that it has expanded its live traffic coverage. It now includes over a quarter-million miles of roads in major North American cities.

MapQuest is now including "key" arterials and city streets. The goal of this is to provide users with more information to make better decisions about alternate cross-town routes.

Why Social Publishing Drives More Valuable Traffic
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A number of major media companies are starting to implement tools for third-party authentication for consumers. We spoke with JanRain, which provides a tool called Engage that companies like Tribune Interactive, Meredith, E.W. Scripps, The Dallas Morning News, bizjournals, and the National Geographic Society are all using. With the solution, publishers can authenticate users via third-party logins using as many as 16 different providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo LinkedIn, etc.