Getting on Digg increases Google traffic in real time

BlogStorm hit the front page of Digg again yesterday, sending even more traffic than the last time.

This time the story got 2100 diggs in the first 2 hours after hitting the homepage before being buried (not quite sure why, maybe because people reported it as being not safe for work). In these 2 hours Digg sent just over 50,000 unique visitors! My hosting couldn’t handle most of the traffic so maybe more people tried to view the page but couldn’t.

The most interesting part of a week in which we have seen slightly under 150,000 visitors in 5 days is that Google traffic has shot up. Take a look at this report on the weeks search traffic (pdf) and you can see a big jump in traffic from Google.

Proof that linkbait works.

By Patrick Altoft. at 1:17PM on Friday, 17 Aug 2007

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events. Follow Patrick Altoft on Twitter.


10 Responses to “Getting on Digg increases Google traffic in real time”

  1. Paquito says:


    I wish I could make that Smile

    Anyway, I’m learning and trying to catch up Smile)))

    This battle is yours but “the war” is not over Smile))))))

    Just kidding: I love your blog Smile

    Regards from Spain,


  2. Are you doing anything to encourage/get these diggs? Or is it just an operation of quality posts x a large readership = lots of diggs?

  3. Glen Allsopp says:

    I had a site where someone submitted something as NSFW

    The domain was banned instantly…is yours OK?

  4. Glen Allsopp says:

    I hate it when you never answer your comments :P

  5. Glen, as far as I know the domain is still OK. Its hard to tell for sure though.

  6. Tibi Puiu says:

    At times like this i regret i’m banned from digg :<

  7. Elsewhere you have mentioned removing ads from heavily Dugg articles.

    Is this a server load issue? Or do blog readers really turn up their noses?

    (I ignore ads I have seen before, sometimes read ones I haven’t, especially AdWords.)

  8. Its not usually a matter of server load, most ad servers can handle the Digg effect fine.

    Bloggers are simply less likely to link to a site full of ads.

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