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How to get a ecommerce site mentioned on Slashdot

Is it possible?



4:36 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A lot of items we sell would be popular with the slashdot crowd. Is there a way to be mentioned within a slashdot editorial or something? This is a new field that I want to find more information about, so I am new to this editorial stuff.

Any ideas would be appreciated.


Shannon Moore

5:29 pm on Feb 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hope you're ready for the traffic... they don't call getting hammered to death by a spike in hits "getting slashdotted" for nothing! ;)

I'm not a slashdot regular, but I follow one or two sites like it that can similarly bring a site to its knees after a link drop. The right way to get a link is to offer something new, different or controversial (to some subset of the site's audience) that someone will find compelling enough to link on one of those sites.

Dropping one's own link is generally frowned upon, if not outright banned (besides, it just looks sad when someone does it.)

The other issue is these community blog type sites is you may get traffic, but it could be traffic you'd rather not have -- eg. traffic driven by negative comments about your website, content or products. Why bring your site to its knees if you're not getting qualified visits but just a freight train of bandwidth-busting lurkers?

If you're seeking a formal review or promotion opportunity, it's probably best to ask the website owner(s) if they provide either.


4:23 am on Feb 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yea, I know. Would love to some how get our site mentioned in an editorial review or something. Nothing sleezy or demeaning, just a mention. A dream I guess.....



9:50 am on Feb 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It is hard to have an submission accepted on Slashdot. They get hundreds of submissions each day and only handfull make it to the front page.

But having said that it is not impossible. I have managed to have three submissions accepted. I doubt that a submission about your site as a whole would be accepted, unless your site is very original. You're more likely to get a submission about some unique product or service being featured on your site. Just keep at it and observe the other articles that get accepted.

The Slashdot effect is overated, if you have a half decent host you will be alright. Unless your site is heavily database driven, or you are hosting large files.


5:59 pm on Feb 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Its a targeted shopping site. How would I be able to submit it to slashdot? I am not to familiar with their submission guidelines and such.



3:54 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Want to know the best way to get mentioned on slashdot?

Have you company hold a competition wherein the first person to do _____<see below>_____ gets $10,000.

Ideas for competition:

First to hack your site
First to make a perfect 4 coloumn css template
First to get a program to do X

etc.. etc..

Slashdot is for nerds, and as a nerd I can tell you that we are all "solvers". Nerds love a challange, especially one that nobody has done before.

Just find a problem or challange which you think nerds would love to see other nerds solve, offer 10k for the answer... and hold the compeition...



6:30 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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your not funny.



8:58 pm on Feb 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I agree with zulufox. Nothing like a challenge to get me interested. I've been on the viewing and of these types of things before, and boy, does the news spread.

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