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Are Digg Visitors Clickers or Non-Clickers?

What Quality Level is Digg Traffic?



11:29 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd been reading Digg for some time and recently decided to register and post a few articles from my blog.

Here are a few questions I have for those with experience:

Are these visitors typically NOT going to click on ads- even if they are in a niche that interests the reader?

Is this considered a bonafide "black hat" tactic to generate traffic?

The reason I ask is that my articles haven't quite made it to the front page, though I have the bandwith to handle it if they do....but they have generated some remarkable traffic that so far hasn't converted in my AS stats.

On the other hand, I was interviewed on a major radio program in a major city this morning for something I'm doing in one of my niches- received great traffic as a result- but no clicks.

So where do we draw the line between what is "good" traffic and what is "dirty"?

Thanks in advance for your input.


3:11 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've been "Dugg" twice or whatever you want to call it. Both times the CTR was horrible, and the bandwidth was through the roof.

Here's the thing - putting aside the fact that as everybody said, Digg types are tech-savvy, most likely have advertising blocked or just ignore it, etc., most Digg users are not out to buy a product.

Most Digg users are there to read an article that others found interesting, and then go back to Digg and read other articles.

It's not your normal users that find your site because they are shopping for something.

In fact, you can easily get a bad reputation or have the post reported for spam if they show up and it's clearly an article trying to sell something or trying to get them to click on the ads. That's a very big no-no with them, from what I've seen.

If you have some exclusive review of some new product or whatever, it wouldn't be considered spam (but then again if it's a brand-new product, the advertising is not going to be there for that specific product).

It's not to say that Digg can't help - out of the hundreds or thousands that show up, a small percentage might bookmark your site and poke around, and if it's not reported as spam and removed, it's a good backlink.

The first time it happened to me, I didn't have a good way of measuring it (mainly, I was unprepared, somebody else submitted it), but my traffic was up significantly (we are talking triple-digit percentage) and things grew tight with bandwidth (due to some high-resolution images). My CTR was just up slightly - maybe half a percent, but not enough to point to being Dugg as the reason why.

The second time I had better stat tracking and I was slightly prepared - the person who submitted the article emailed me about an hour before they did. I managed to switch to a low-bandwidth/emergency theme I have (the ads were still present/normal, however I reduced the graphics on the pages as well as reduced the size of the sidebars, and I made sure the cache setup was working properly). I would say that for every thousand visitors I had the second time around, I probably got around 1-3 clicks - definitely not worth it from that perspective.

As I said though, it might help a little in the long run with backlinks, bookmarks, referrals (people emailing other people the site address), but it's not something I would deliberately do.


4:31 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Digg is a social news network. Try to add to it .com and it will work.

However, I did one experience in the past few days with my and my friend's website with digg and reddit and here is my conclusiong:

I WOULD NEVER WANT MY NEWS TO APPEAR IN ANY OF THESE SITES' HOME PAGE. It is a vaste of bandwidth and no click.


9:41 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have a blogspot blog so baddwith wansn't porb for me.. got digged few times, CTR was hald of usuall, but great reposnse for me in following days, since 100's websites picked up my link and publicized my website a lot...

it ha spast few weeks, and I still get 1000 visitors per hour that click from backliks...

so I recommand you to get digged


9:57 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I agree with vurdlak. The Diggers may not be clickers but many of them are web-savvy bloggers and webmasters who are always looking for new sources of content for their websites/blogs. If your site has something unique or worthwhile, you could find yourself with hundreds, if not thousands, of backlinks across the net. You would have to be a fool to turn away the free publicity, that is of course if your site is worth linking to in the first place.


10:04 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have been posting as many original articles as I can lately to digg, shoutwire, and reddit and some catch, some do not catch but in the end after getting probably about 15,000 visitors between the three lately I have to say that adsense has not been more than 5 or so dollars total.

The only upside I can think of is that these people if interested may come back or may pass on the articles to non-tech people and perhaps I will get more adsense over time from the tail end of all that traffic.


1:50 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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gendude writes:
I've been "Dugg" twice or whatever you want to call it. Both times the CTR was horrible, and the bandwidth was through the roof.

Just as a matter of interest how much visitors/pageviews per hour did you have shortly after appearing on digg frontpage?


2:26 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One reminder for those that don't know-
obtain thick skin or do not open the comments on your submissions.
I post links to my own articles and got hammered for doing so and called a spammer by one guy.
So that brings up a question that has been going through my mind all along-
What makes us think anyone would WANT us to drive a boatload of traffic to OTHERS' site(s), thereby costing them money in bandwith costs in the long run?
Where do we draw the line?


3:51 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting discussion on SEO - personally a few years back when I was starting my site I added my site to the signature block on my slashdot posts. Some over the years have been modded up (funny, insightful etc) and help with backlinks from the more popular stories. I also suggest using the signature block in your outgoing email for a site link too. Basically promote your site. The radio/TV spikes in traffic are good as long as you don't have to pay for them and you make sure you have spare bandwidth (best to always use about half what you actually need each month to account for increases). A mention in an actual programme rather than an advertisement always generates more revenue but it's short lived unless the story is put online or copied by other journalists.


4:22 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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These Digg guys are like girls in AOL chat rooms... Ever seen them? They're actually guys...


4:24 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Moreover, these Digg guys rather dig their own stuff thru a click club than yours...
Oooops! Did I just write that? Yikes! Keep the faith, man...
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