I Digg It – Getting 35,000+ page views in a week
(Pssst, there’s a part 2 to this article)
There’s some unwritten law of the Internet that after getting to the front page of Digg, you have to post the traffic stats or a band of unruly trunk monkeys will beat you down and make bongos out of your asscheeks.
Contrary to popular belief, I do not want that to happen. Here is my lame-ass traffic analysis based on the referrer logs that wordpress.com provides. I’ll post the original logs and the perl script at a later date.
Before this huge spike in traffic I was averaging around 1100-1200 views a day. The highest day of the spike was around 17,000 views. I’m sitting at around 3,000 views a day but I expect that to drop and average out at 1400-1500 a day.
It’s kind of funny that I was excited at 50,000 hits for my blog the day before this happened. I’ve gotten 37,000 hits in the since then in the week that passed. There’s been another big jump in my Technorati ranking, it’s stablized to around 19,000 at the moment. For a brief moment it was at 12,000 and articles I commented on were appearing on the front of TechMeme, which was good for traffic as well. So this must be what it feels like to be an Blogosphere A-lister, if only for a moment.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers, followed by a complete list of the referrer URLs. I even through together some really ugly GD::Graph graphs for everyone to mock. I can make pretty pictures with Gliffy, but GD::Graph escapes me grasphs.
Look at me, I’m being punny on the Internet. Don’t you wish I wasn’t an anonymous blogger so you could hunt me down and give me the beating I so richly deserve?
You can see the cascade effect nicely of getting picked up by lifehack.org, then del.icio.us, then lifehacker.com and finally digg.com. What’s of real interest is comparing the stumbleupon and furl numbers versus digg. That prompted this inflamatory rant that I’d been wanting to write for a while because I wanted to use the term “Web Too.Many”.
One interesting side effect I’ve noticed is that an unrelated post that already was in the top three Google search results for a *lot* of terms doubled in traffic. So it looks like my Google rating has gone up from all the incoming links.
|Site||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7||Totals|
|normal traffic to article||59||89||144||115||594||388||210||1599|
I’m not entirely sure how wordpress.com calculates the stats, but I’m assuming that referrers are the number of unique visitors coming in from that link, whereas the 37,000 comes from page views where one user can generate multiple views.
The top traffic sites:
The want-to-be top traffic sites:
I wonder if sites still get dugg for posting about how they got dugg?
- Other posts tagged with Digg
- The original article that got Dugg
- My sick obsession with traffic stats
- >> 3 Reasons why del.icio.us bookmarks beat Digg traffic (performancing.com)
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