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What is Website Traffic
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Website Traffic

What is Website Traffic

Definition of Website Traffic

Website traffic refers to the volume of users visiting a website. How many people visit a website will depend on the website’s purpose, the visitors’ own goals, and the way in which they discovered the site. 

Servers monitor website activity and register whenever a page receives a visitor (known as a ‘hit’). One visit to a site, which may involve browsing multiple pages and taking actions, is a ‘session’. 

Traffic is considered crucial to determining a website’s success. Of course, someone creating a website as a personal hobby (e.g. a blogger sharing their travel experiences) may not consider their website traffic important. But for businesses and organizations, the understanding website traffic and identifying ways to improve it is fundamental for consistent growth.

How do you measure website traffic

There are numerous ways to measure website traffic, including:

Session numbers

This involves looking at the number of visits the website receives across a fixed period (one week, one month, etc.), to assess how effective traffic-building initiatives (SEO, PPC, etc.) have been since implementation.

Purchase percentage

Online businesses selling products through their websites depend on purchases to succeed. Identifying the number of visitors making a purchase reveals how effective the site is in encouraging people to buy.


Another way to measure website traffic is to find out which channels it comes through, such as email, organic search, email, etc. 

Bounce rate

Measuring bounce rates shows the number of visitors who leave after viewing one page only — these should be as low as possible.

How to increase website traffic

You can increase traffic to your website by:

  • Being more active on social media and engaging followers with quality content that encourages them to click through to your website

  • Creating video content across YouTube and social media to increase visibility

  • Enhancing your SEO campaign to increase your site’s ranking and attract more visits

  • Using automated email marketing software to engage your contacts with discounts and offers, which can drive traffic to your website

General FAQ

How to see your website traffic?
Monitoring and evaluating your own website traffic can be a daunting process, but there are some great tools out there designed to make it easier. The most well-known is probably Google Analytics. This offers crucial information on traffic, such as the number of pageviews, session lengths, average time spent on page, bounce rates, etc. Google Analytics also presents traffic data in a simplified, streamlined format — keeping it accessible to users of all experience levels. Even better: the standard version is free.
How to find out how much traffic a website gets?
You can use a number of tools to see how much traffic your site earns. One is the Alexa Ranking, a system that ranks millions of sites based on their popularity. This is measured by the average unique visitors arriving every day, and the pageviews across three months. Ahrefs is a tracking tool that shows which pages on a site receive the most traffic, which domains send the most traffic and more. SEMRush is another option, covering traffic generated by backlinks and paid ads, as well as traffic ratings for different keywords.
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