The Top Sites Driving Referral Traffic, by Content Category – Info Marketing

Google and Facebook dominate referral traffic to all types of online content but the proportion of visits driven by each varies significantly by topic, according to recent research from Parse.ly.

The report was based on an analysis conducted in April and May 2018 of 8 billion pageviews for 1 million articles on thousands of sites. The researchers used natural language processing to classify the content into 23 topic categories.

Some 75% of all external traffic to the content examined came from Google and Facebook.

Overall referral traffic has shifted somewhat from Facebook to Google over the past year, likely because of algorithm changes made by the social network.


Google was the primary external traffic driver to most of the content topics examined: 14 of the 23 categories analyzed received more than 40% of their external traffic from Google search.

Topics that include reviews (such as Technology and Computing) and how-tos (such as Home and Garden) tend to receive a higher share of traffic from Google:

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