Portrait Of A New Site Getting On Digg

Portrait Of A New Site Getting Dugg

Search Engine Land made the Digg home page yesterday because of Neil Patel’s great article, The New Digg Features Plus, A Submitter’s Perspective. I’ve already covered how as a new site, we’re still growing our traffic. Now I’ve got a chance to show what it means to a new site to get digged.

The picture above tells the tale. Once we hit, the first hour brought in nearly 4,000 visits. Then it tapered off. For the entire day, we had 7,134 visits from Digg, 78 percent of our entire traffic. Bear in mind that this is all "cream," IE — traffic above and beyond what we’d already normally get. Also, the stats are off Google Analytics rather than our ad server. Our official page view stats, when I start doing monthly recaps here on the blog, will come off our ad server data.

A special thanks out to Tiger Technologies, our hosting company. I didn’t discover we got digged until long after it happened. Our server never crashed. Our performance never slowed as far as I could tell. It was just another day in the neighborhood for us. Rob, who runs the company is a good friend plus provides a great service. You need good, solid affordable hosting, check him out. Tiger Tech, now Digg tested :)

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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  • mad4

    Well done on the first Digg.

    Off topic: I really hate the urls in SE Land. What does 061220-075717.php signify?

    The site is great and this is my only minor complaint.


  • http://seowebmaster.com/ ★ ★ Search Engines WEB ★ ★

    Here is the detailed graph of the Digg effect courtesy of DiggTrends


    But SearchEngineland was relatively lucky…
    OMG: how would you like to have been in THIS Guy’s shoes yesterday :LOL


  • http://searchengineland.com Danny Sullivan

    URLs are the date and time, YYMMDD-HHMMSS. There’s a very good reason to do this, protects you from moving to a new server. See Movable Type & Rebuild Safe URLs.

  • http://blog.outer-court.com Philipp Lenssen

    I was figuring you had loads of traffic already with most SEW readers converting to SEL?

  • http://www.seomoz.org randfish

    Danny – Digg probably sent you a lot more traffic than that through “direct referrals” from people clicking the link through the RSS feeds. That said, 7,200 is relatively low for a Digging – maybe due to seasonality or the interest level of Diggers or something else.

    We see between 8-12,000 uniques on average over 24 hours from a Digg mention.

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