Definition

The amount of visitors and visits a Web site receives.

Information

Web site traffic was initially viewed as an all-important metric for gauging success on the Web. This assumption was due in part to the lack of other business metrics to explain the .com phenomenon. Now much of the focus has shifted back to profitability, and Web site traffic is only part of the equation.

Web site traffic x conversion = results

Web site traffic is still important, as you can’t have conversions without visitors, but it is becoming less important as a standalone metric.

Tools

SEMrush – see what keywords get traffic, see how your competitors get their traffic.

see also: Digital Marketing Tools


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Courses

Digital Marketing Courses – find online courses about how to get more web site traffic.

Articles

Web Site Traffic Analysis Untangled
ClickZ (May 10, 2001)

The Need for Web Site Traffic Analysis
ClickZ (April 26, 2001)

Capturing Value From Web Traffic
ClickZ (December 8, 2000)

Related Terms

impression, page view, unique visitors

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