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Social Traffic Commando Plug-in Claims to Mimic Human Behavior Tested Mike Taylor January 24, 2014 Social Traffic Commando claims to create organic social referral traffic. If web site traffic is truly organic, it is random and studying traffic sources and behavior is difficult. This experiment focuses on isolating those social referrals.

Social Traffic Commando Tested

( -- January 24, 2014) Camarillo, CA -- Ever since those fuzzy animal attacks Google unleashed, social media has become the new SEO. Judging the effect of social sharing is difficult. Everybody agrees it counts, but gathering real numbers in the field is hard to. After all, if your web site traffic is truly organic, it is random –in number and quality of references that refer to your site, and random in which sites those references are spread across.

Each referring site will have greater or lesser influence than the others. The users may have greater or less influence on the different platforms, and different talent at writing headlines. It makes analysis a real bear.

I get to see a lot of raw statistics. I am asked why this article flopped and another just like it succeeded. Here are some general thoughts after studying hundreds of similar stories that appeared in one source:

There is a group of people who will share and promote items when asked Articles (where no shares are sought) get X views and average <3 shares. Articles that receive social attention always get more views Articles with a small number of shares (3 to 10) get ~ 5 X to 10 X views More social shares (>10) often produce ~40 X or more views

That ratio holds true no matter who the writer is. Poor stuff is at the very low end, and good writing is at the high end. For the date range, source and article type I studied, the raw numbers ran from a low ~ 100 views to over 10,000 views. Please excuse me for not identifying the article type, niche or source. This is an ongoing experiment.

That is still a pretty big range of views and was greatly influenced by the authors’ writing abilities. To narrow the experiment, I decided to repeat it using just my own material and varying the number of social shares.

To reduce the number of variables even further, I removed myself from the experiment and let software do the randomized distribution. I loaded a beta-test plug-in that 'mimics human behavior' on some similar dormant WP sites. It takes your spinable text and posts and bookmarks for you. It then randomly picks from about half the people from each of 7 social services who tweet, retweet, repost, vote up or bookmark your content. The number of accounts per service it uses determines the number of shares.

One website used my personal (and theoretically aged and believable) accounts, another blog used a half dozen brand new accounts per service, and the 3rd used 25 brand new accounts per service. All of these different interactions take place over several days to simulate natural discovery.

Each blog had 2 posts promoted, and each blog started to get social referral traffic within 24 – 36 hours – even the blogs with new, unused user accounts.

I made no new posts, but simply created spinable text from the headline and description of each post, pasted it in the fields provided and hit ‘Update’. No pinging or anything, just kicking off the sharing.

The blog that was given real accounts already had a baseline of ~80 -90 organic hits per day. Just adding the social buzz added about 14% of the organic traffic.

The dormant blogs went from zero traffic to having social referral traffic, and one of the jobs is still running. The traffic is statistically insignificant, single or double digit daily visitors, but real referral traffic that is growing daily. SOme very early results and a peek inside the plug-in are in a video here.

The other benefit is the posts are rising in search. I will keep watching to see how this shakes out, but this is why you want to ask people to like and share…

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Social Traffic Commando Plug-in Claims to Mimic Human Behavior Tested