slashdotYesterday Insomniac gave me a tip on a Google Video security problem via chat. I told him it sounds very interesting, but I wanted him to start a thread in a forum, this way I can blog about it at the Search Engine Roundtable. I.e. I didn’t think it was Search Engine Land material, but I thought, with a thread, it would be good Roundtable material. He went ahead and posted the thread under his second alias, Entriple, at DigitalPoint Forums and I had Tamar keep an eye on the thread development. Loren Baker at Search Engine Journal got a tip of the thread and blogged it up before I had a chance. Side note: I give Loren kudos for getting to it before me, you win some and you lose some – and Loren is a standup guy!

Now to the point of this blog entry…

Loren hit Digg popularity with his blog post. He probably received at least 20,000 unique visitors from Digg on the story.

So I asked Tamar to tip off Slashdot with the story, she did and they actually covered it at Google Privacy Quickies. We received about 3,000 visitors so far from that link on Slashdot. Slashdot historically has not sent that much traffic to us. I did document once in the past another /. we got and that only sent a bit over 3,000 visitors.

Digg totally blows away Slashdot for traffic, based on the numbers I have seen. Some Diggs get us over 70,000 unique visitors and the traffic then keeps coming.

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  1. Cristian Mezei
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    Barry, I think the problem is that Digg only promotes a SINGLE destination for each of it’s stories.. you just can’t loose attention, as a visitor, and you can only visit one landing page.

    That’s the title of the article.

    This is so not true for SlashDot, because the article in SlashDot had at least 10 links, and the SER link was just at the bottom of the article.

    We can all see this even in our own articles (SER, SEOPEDIA, SEJ etc), and if you will check the outbound links from any of your latest articles, you will see that the first link that appears in your post, will receive the most clicks, and the last link, maybe 1% or less, versus the first.

    Am I right ? 🙂

  2. Cristian Mezei
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    I think a comparation between /. and Digg would be ok, when you can compare two articles from the same niche, and when /. article has only ONE outbound link there, so that users can only click on that one.

    Moreover, /. presents articles as “articles”. I mean explanations, text etc. so a lot of users get bored and don’t have the patience to find that first link to go to, to find more info about the subject.

    At Digg, you are presented with an interface so “friendly” that you first click to go to the site that presents more info, before you even actually start to read about that particular subject.

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