Facebook Algorithm Tweaks Hurt Viral Sites More Than Other Publishers

Publishers are claiming that content they share on Facebook pages isn't reaching as many readers as it used to. Adweek reached out to comScore to find out how referral traffic through Facebook has changed from Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014 for several top properties. For reference, we also tracked the change in the sites’ unique visitors over the same time period. (The data points below for Viral Nova and Distractify were not available for those dates, so we used information from the earliest time period with accurate data.)   Change in Facebook referrals between Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014 Change in total unique visitors between Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014 Upworthy - 50 percent - 51 percent Elite Daily - 48 percent - 39 percent Viral Nova - 62 percent (from Jan. 2014 to Feb. 2014) - 62 percent (from Jan. 2014 to Feb. 2014) Distractify - 84 percent (from Dec. 2013 to Feb. 2014) - 77 percent (from Dec. 2013 to Feb. 2014) BuzzFeed + 20 percent  + 12 percent Business Insider + 16 percent + 12 percent The New York Times - 16 percent  - 8 percent The Guardian + 11 percent + 2 percent “The reported tweaks to Facebook's Newsfeed algorithm, formerly called EdgeRank, are just the latest in a progression of changes that have slowly diminished the organic reach of brand pages over the past couple of years,” Joseph Tam, senior director of digital for media agency network MEC, said via email. “Facebook has been very vocal in expressing that such... Continue reading at 'AdWeek'

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