• Josh ZapinJosh Zapin
  • Date:  April 21, 2006
  • Technology

Digging Digg. A way to improve traffic to your website for free

Have you heard of Digg.com ?  If you want to improve traffic to your website, you should.

Digg is the Web 2.0 version of a newspaper/newsource.  Here is how it works:

  • Users submit stories to Digg.com.  This includes a headline, a brief paragraph and a link to the article
  • The story gets posted on Digg.com where users can "vote" (called a "digg") on the story.  Presumably, people will vote on it if the story is relevant, interesting, and/or accurate.  The higher the "digg" the more prominently it gets displayed on the site.

So, in essence, the users of Digg are the writers, publishers and the editorial staff of the Digg newspaper.  It's pretty neat.

It's also a great way to increase traffic to your own site.

A few weeks ago, I  wrote an article on this website on how a Microsoft Internet Explorer Hotfix actually breaks Internet Explorer.   For days, I received little or no traffic to my site about it.  While I wouldn't call myself the greatest journalist in the world, I thought it was a pretty good article and seemingly interesting to some folks out there in Techie-land.

On Wednesday, I decided to post it on Digg.com.  Nearly instantly, I received a huge spike in visits to my website:


 If you go to the page on Digg.com, I even have people commenting on the article.   Pretty cool.

While I wouldn't say that this is a way to make tons of cash off this discovery, it certainly is a good strategy to increasing traffic on your site.  Best of all, it's totally free.  Check it out.

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