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AOL Search Engine Traffic

AOL Search engine traffic? Until this morning I had no idea there was such a thing, but there it was, as bold as brass, on one of my Hubpages articles. On Hubpages you can see some stats which show you the keywords people used to end up on your article - and which search engines those keywords were used on.

So there it was this morning, just one search term, one little result, from the AOL search engine - traffic I had no idea really existed.

We all look at Google traffic as being The King - and are aware of other search engines, such as Yahoo and Bing, that can bring traffic to our wonderful words - but who'd have thought that AOL was producing any website traffic for us!

Well, deep joy. One view, from AOL. One. Better than a kick in the nuts as they say.

Courting the search engine results from alternatives to Google can be like swimming in treacle - other companies aren't so open in publishing exactly how you can perform well in their results listings, which is why, over the years, less and less importance has been attached to trying to win this free traffic.

Am I going to rush off to find out how to get more search traffic from AOL? I think not. That account has over 2,000,000 views and to only spot one AOL search result from that lot means it's not something worth pursuing right now.


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Koalemos wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:34 AM

Knowing were the traffic came from and via what kind of search can be very useful.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:36 AM

I may be wrong but I thought every site has search engines such as Rediff.

UK_Writer wrote on February 14, 2015, 6:58 AM

In my opinion it's essential. If you don't know what's doing well and why - or where the traffic's coming from, you can't learn and improve what you're doing.

UK_Writer wrote on February 14, 2015, 6:59 AM

Rarely does one see traffic from them though. I've never heard of Rediff.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 7:21 AM

Rediff is my favourite site and it is a far advanced site. You may want to just see it.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 14, 2015, 11:42 AM

One is better than none. But, yeah, it isn't worth it to try and find out how to get more search engine traffic from AOL. It would be nice if it just happens naturally.

CountryWine wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:01 PM

It is random but if you include key tags in your articles it will trigger being on the first page of results. SEO at its best.

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UK_Writer wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:42 PM

I do that, but maybe what I am targetting isn't what the 1/2,000,000 found me with :)

RonElFran wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:45 PM

As someone who was around back in AOL's heyday, I'm kind of glad to see they're still here.

UK_Writer wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:59 PM

I never used it. AOL in the beginning was an expensive, paid for, subset of the real Internet. It was out of my income bracket to be a subscriber and I took my chances on the live open WWW using dial up

seren3 wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:23 PM

Never used AOL. Studied SEO for years. I no longer believe it really exists.

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 7:58 AM

SEO does exist, in an amended form, due to the change in Internet dynamics and social sharing. You can't ever beat Justin Bieber linking from one of his Tweets to your post though.... because he has a sheer weight of numbers behind him.

RonElFran wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:12 AM

When I first started online, AOL was my security blanket. I was actually scared to move out onto the real internet - things were wild out there!

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:13 AM

What a wuss :) You were paying to look out of a window at a small street outside. Meanwhile, I was bareback riding horses across the plains :)

morilla wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:47 AM

There are a number of search engines out there which never seem to receive much credit. Google is the big dog, handling the majority of it. Then there are the 'names' such as Yahoo, Bing, etc. But, there are the 'little guys' which, individually, don't provide much. However, collectively, they may or may not provide nearly as much as any, single 'name' engine.

UK_Writer wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:02 PM

Yes, but they've historically been harder to get search traffic from - because they're not so open about how to rank well - and the traffic is less likely to click on stuff it often seems.