Yesterday I posted a rather staggering picture of a chart with an enormous spike. The
article image wasn’t detailed enough because there’s only a sentence in there. Although some did get a clue about it, I bet you’re still curious.
Well I didn’t literally got dugg but I’m part of it. You see, Michael of [email protected] emailed me a month ago asking for an interview. At first, I thought it was just another interview that gets posted and forgotten. But I was pretty surprised when Michael emailed me after posting the interview and at that time it got over 15+ diggs. With fingers crossed, I waited. After a few minutes, the diggs grew higher and higher and when it hit the 30+ mark it stopped.
I lost hope that time because I thought that digg only posts new stories, I didn’t knew that even a 2 hour old story still has the chance to get to the frontpage. I slept without knowing that our interview got in the frontpage. To my surprise Mike emailed me in the morning (night at his) saying it landed on the frontpage.
I got the crazy feeling with a fast heartbeat at that time! Hehe… Just to sum up the long story, I got overflowed with thousands of unique visitors from Mike’s site that resulted to that big spike.
Anyway, here are some of my thoughts about the whole thing:
I Hate Web 2.0 Traffic
- It’s Not Targeted – Digg’s community are mostly peers who love tech, gadgets and “I hate Microsoft”. They just click, check, leave a comment and get away. Heck the average time they stayed on the blog was 60 seconds. That’s a minute less than the normal visitors stay on my blog.
- All You Get Are Negative Comments – I don’t get diggers, all they do is criticize people. They concentrate on the bad stuff, just a single mistake you’ll get buried. And oh, did I tell you that they won’t even read, most of them just skim over the page and leave a negative comment.
- No Buying Power – This is probably the worst of them all. Yes, I can handle bad comments (or ignore them) and I know a way to monetize those untargeted traffic, but no buying power? I got over 200 clicks on one of my affiliate links but ridiculously got no sale.
- You Write For Your Server To Crash – I guess this is self explanatory.
I Love Web 2.0 Traffic
- You Strive For Perfection – Digg is a battleground for me, you get challenged by everyone even to your best intentions, and like what I said earlier, you get a whole truck of criticisms (most of them aren’t constructive at all!) if your article gets on the frontpage. But think of it as a helpful comment, don’t take it personally. Strive for perfection, be thorough on every article you submit.
- Backlinks! – Getting dugg by 200+ diggers is 200+ backlinks from their profiles, just give my name a search.
- Here Comes The Emails Again – On the day I sent the interview to Michael, I created an email capture page to my soon to be company Rich Kid Media. I mentioned it at the end of the interview because that was the only way to cash in through that. At that time I didn’t expect that the interview will get posted on Digg’s frontpage. Though I did expect some signups from that page but not a hundred of em! Yep, on that day I insanely got almost 100+ signups thru Rich Kid Media. Not bad?
I love web 2.0 even if the traffic is not that targeted, there are still possibilities to juice money out of the staggering traffic.