Where do research participants come from?
I am in the process of revamping the Internet laboratory, as I’m trying to increase the number of participants. Some very successful websites recruit ~500/day. I have been averaging about 30/day — still respectable, but it limits what I can do.
In this context, I read recent reports from the folks behind Phrase Detectives with interest. Phrase Detectives, it appears, gets a slightly greater amount of traffic than I do. What I focused on was their method of advertising and how well it works. They noted that their traffic comes in the following forms:
website link: 29%
Facebook advertisement: 13%
Then they looked at the bounce rate (the number of visitors who arrive at the home page then scoot away) for each of these sources:
Facebook advertisement: 90%
It appears that paid advertisements — the only one of these sources that actually costs money — isn’t worth much. In the end, only 4% of visitors who didn’t bounce came through the paid advertisement.