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Compete's Channel Map is a unique visualization tool that can help you explore and discover traffic composition and aquisition opportunities at-a-glance.
The Channel Map lets you look at hundreds of traffic sources to a site or category in one view, and will help you understand what exactly is driving the change and makeup of a site's traffic.
Each colored rectangle represents Categories or individual sites if you zoom in. The rectangle's size is representative of the number of referrals a referring site or category sent to the site you searched for. If the rectangle is green, it means the relative size (referral share) has increased over the past month. If the rectangle is red, it means the relative size (referral share) has decreased over the past month. If the rectangle is striped, it means the referring site or category is "new" for this month and its month of month growth is infinity.
Mouse over an individual rectangle and you can see information such as the total number of referrals, change in referral share, change in absolute referrals.
Category Referrals: The default view of the channel map shows you aggregated traffic from Compete's Industry Groups and Categories. This way you can see what large channels and their constituent categories are moving site traffic. This can help you answer questions like, "how does Coupon traffic compare to Search? Which is driving more traffic? Which is increasing or decreasing share?"
Site Referrals: Click on a Category and the Map will zoom in to give you a relative view of the sites within that category. This can help you answer questions like, "what specific social sites are making my Social traffic drop?"
The Chart below the map refreshes when you click on a site or a category to show you the actual contribution of the top and bottom contributors to the referral change for the month. For instance, is Search traffic decreased by 50,000, this chart will show you what sites contributed to the increase or decrease for that month. In other words, you can see the exact sites most responsible for driving the change in traffic for individual categories without having to guess.
Click to Zoom:
Need to explore the sites within a Category? Simply click the category box and the chart will zoom. To go back, either reclick within the chart, or use the breadcrumbs above.
Link to the Data Table:
The Channel Map can help you explore an discover traffic trends and relationships, but if you really need a data table, simply click over to the Traffic Details tab to see referrals in a grid. Here you can manipulate referral sources in a Flat View, or a Grouped View organized around a parent domain when there are categorized subdomains.