I got del.icio.us'd
Though it doesn't have quite the same allure as getting slashdotted, getting del.icio.us'd can also draw quite a bit of traffic.
I posted a Cheat Sheet Roundup to my blog last thursday around 4pm EST. It made it to the del.icio.us/popular/ page in a few hours, and has been on there since. It is currently in #2 with 1779 bookmarks, 5 days later.
Now I have made it to the del.icio.us popular page a few times in the past with dealazon, Daily Mashup, and some other blog entries: What's new in XHTML2, and Adding a CSS StyleSheet to your RSS feed. Each of the previous time's I'd been del.icio.us'd, I got less than 500 bookmarks, and traffic was good, but not nearly as much as I have gotten from this one.
So far the entry has gotten over 33,000 page views. About 3,000 of those were directly from the del.icio.us/popular page (keep in mind that lots of people subscribe to the rss feed for the popular page, almost 2,000 in bloglines alone. When visitors come from an rss feed, it's impossible to know which one). I also got about 1,000 hits from the del.icio.us home page. I consumed about 1GB of bandwidth on the entry page alone. Only about 2,000 of the 33,000 visitors left my site after viewing the blog entry, which is a very good number. Overall this blog has served nearly 1 million hits (including images, css, js) this month.
I also got dugg'd
Thursday night someone submitted my cheat sheet round up to digg, and it only had around 30 digg's by friday morning. So I updated my entry with a link to the digg page. An hour later I had a few hundred diggs and was on the front page of digg.com. The entry has over 1,000 digg's currently.
Some people have pointed out that digg gets close to the amount of traffic that slashdot gets, according to alexa. From my recent experience with digg, I think it may not be too far off, though I've never been slashdotted myself.
I did get quite a few page views from digg, somewhere around 7,000!
All of this happened during a holiday weekend for the US, Labor Day. Lots of people are out of the office, or on vacation. Including myself, I had left for Buffalo Friday afternoon with my girlfriend to watch the Buffalo Bills game (they lost 21-7) while all this was going on.
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