Category Archives: Social Media News

Has Sphinn Traffic Increased?

Just been looking at my statistics tonight and I am pleased to report that according to Google Analytics Sphinn has sent 286 unique visitors to my last article Linking To The BBC Will Boost Your Google Ranking.

When I wrote the traffic estimate article on the 19th of February I said that on average it would send between 50-200 unique visitors to a popular story, but to be honest with you I had never seen anything above 120 or so, someone else persuaded me to raise it to 200.

Is this a normal amount of frontpage traffic for Sphinn now? Or was I just lucky? Should I update the traffic estimate article? Or not?

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

Just How Much Traffic Can You Get From Social Media Websites?

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If you get your content right, social media sites can send 10’s of thousands of visitors to your site in a short space of time. But how much traffic do these social media sites really send?

I have been speaking to a couple of friends and looking at some of my client’ stats and have come up with a rough guide to how many unique visitors on average you can expect to get from a popular story on some of the top social tagging and news sites. I have worked out my estimates mainly from Google Analytics.

yahoobuzz.jpgThere is a new sheriff in town, there have been reports of Yahoo! Buzz sending over one million visitors to a frontpage story. From what I have heard off one or two bloggers you can generally expect just short of half a million uniques.

Frontpage Traffic: 100,000 – 1,000,000+


Digg LogoSocial news site Digg is renowned for crashing servers, this is mainly because of the volume of visitors it sends in such a short space of time when a submission 1st hits the frontpage.

Frontpage Traffic: 2,000 – 60,000+


Stumbleupon LogoIn my experience a submission to StumbleUpon will generally go popular and send some decent traffic when it gets to around 50 stumbles, the bulk of the traffic will usually spread over 2-3 days, after that it will come in dribs and drabs.

Traffic: 1,000 – 50,000+


Fark LogoIf your submission is liked by the Fark community it will without doubt receive some good traffic. If a link makes it onto the frontpage it will receive huge amounts.

Frontpage Traffic: 5,000 – 45,000+


Reddit LogoProviding you have some decent news or a story that will interest the community Reddit is a sure thing for a quick burst of visitors. The amount of visitors a popular link receives will depend on how far up the frontpage it goes and how long it stays there for.

Frontpage Traffic: 2,500 – 30,000+


Slashdot LogoThe mother tech news site Slashdot (/.) can still send a huge amount of traffic if you get your submission approved. The bulk of the traffic popular links receive is spread over the 24 hours or so that they are on the frontpage.

Frontpage Traffic: 1,500 – 30,000+


Ebaums World logoHumor site Ebaums World has been largely overlooked by internet marketers as a good traffic source. The newly created link submit category can drive thousands of visitors.

Frontpage Traffic: 2,500 20,000+


I am Bored LogoAnother site that seems to have been overlooked by internet marketers is I Am Bored, popular submissions will generally receive many thousands of unique visitors.

Frontpage Traffic: 2,000 – 20,000+


Delicious LogoSocial tagging site Delicious tends to send traffic over time. However links that hit the frontpage will generally receive a good couple of thousand visitors in short space of time.

Frontpage Traffic: 500 – 5,000+


Propeller LogoWith Propeller you will not get very much traffic for just making it onto the frontpage. But if a submission makes it into the top 5 it can receive a good couple of thousand visitors.

Frontpage Traffic: 50 – 3,500+


Newsvine LogoSocial news site Newsvine is not to be overlooked, if a breaking news story is submitted it will normally receive a good amount of traffic.

Frontpage Traffic: 500 – 2,000+


ShoutWire LogoCommunity based internet news site ShoutWire can send some real traffic and is well worth submitting to. Frontpage submissions can sometimes receive over 1,000 visitors.

Frontpage Traffic: 500 – 1,500+


Plime LogoThe popular links site Plime doesn’t send a huge amount of visitors, but it is still worth submitting to. If a submission makes the frontpage it can receive a good few hundred visitors.

Frontpage Traffic: 150 – 700+


Sphinn LogoInternet marketing social site Sphinn can drive some really targeted traffic if you have the right content. Popular submissions can receive a couple of hundred visitors in less then 24 hours.

Frontpage Traffic: 250 – 500+


Mixx LogoThe newest social news site to make some headway is Mixx, it is still only very new, but traffic is increasing all of the time. Submissions that make it to the frontpage can receive a couple of hundred visitors in a short space of time.

Frontpage Traffic: 100 – 250+


There are of course many other social tagging and news sites out there that are worth targeting, but these are the ones that I have experience with and I believe I have covered most of the best traffic drivers.

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

Mixx.com Review

Mixx LogoI think it is about 6 weeks since the Mixx social media site was 1st launched, I have been a member for just over 2 and I think it is really cool. I believe that the site has the potential to be one of if not the best.

Here are the top 5 things I like about Mixx:

1/ You can see who has voted against your submissions.

2/ The site is lightning fast and very easy to use (once you get the hang of it).

3/ Mixx users are really friendly – All of the comments I have seen so far are nice.

4/ There is plenty of fun content submitted (guaranteed laughs).

5/ The site is well optimised (no duplicate content), I can see the submissions ranking high in the search engines in the future.

Here are 5 things that I think could make Mixx better:

1/ More submissions on the standard homepage – 10 stories, 10 photos and 10 videos or just a mix up (no pun intended) of the top 30 submissions all together.

2/ A way for me to vote on the comments.

3/ More categories like real estate, marketing, search engine news to name a few.

4/ More information on the standard homepage – I would like to see who submitted and the description of every submission. Titles for the pictures are definitely needed.

5/ A way for me to add a link to my website in my profile.

I have already had quite a lot of success with getting my submissions voted on, this may be partly due to the fact that many of my Digg friends have joined the site, but I am sure that it would be fairly easy for anyone. Get yourself on there, register, upload an avatar, sort out your profile, start adding friends and checking out their stories, I guarantee you that they will do the same for you.

My profile – Dave UK

Visit – Mixx

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

Just woke up to find that another one of my clients sites has gone down due to them reaching their monthly bandwidth limit, this is the 2nd client this has happened to in two weeks and I am feeling pretty pleased with myself, you know you are doing your job properly when your clients are having to get better hosting packages.

The 1st time it happened it was like an instant thing, the clients article was published and within less then 45 minutes it hit the homepage of Reddit and the site was gone. The clients web hosting company has been giving him stick ever since, “You better just do a few more directory submissions for now” he said to me, a dedicated server is in the post.

This time it was more gradual, the article didn’t go to the homepage of Digg or Reddit, but it did go popular on StumbleUpon, Propeller and some other social media websites. It took from Thursday when the article 1st got published to this morning for the site to go down. I will give him a call in the next hour or so to let him know, I am sure he will be O.K. with it, the big picture is what matters the most.

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

Is Reddit Banning Sites For No Good Reason?

Reddit LogoReddit is a social news site where entries get submitted and voted on, if a story gets enough votes then it can make it onto the 1st page and receive a huge amount of traffic. I know a blogger who is a regular on the front page there and it’s not the best for link building, but it can send a large amount of traffic.

Many people complain about Digg’s bury brigade but what about Reddit’s ban brigade? In many ways I can understand why Digg bury some of the stories that get submitted (although the auto-bury thing does seem a little harsh) but Reddit just flat out ban sites and some of the time for no good reason.

This site is banned from reddit a long with quite a few of my friends blogs, today I tried to submit a blog post from Search Engine Land and realised that even they were banned. Has Danny Sullivan been spamming Reddit? I seriously doubt it.

So they are sometimes banning sites for reasons that are outside of the site owners control, also I didn’t do anything to deserve to be banned from Reddit, I did submit a couple of my own articles but this is not a violation of their user agreement, my blogger friend (the one who does very well) submits 5 or 6 of his own articles a day and Reddit do not have a problem with this (some of the users are getting annoyed with him though).

I have tried to contact Reddit twice about this and both times I have had no response, Digg have excellent customer service and both times I have contacted them I have had a swift response (within 5 minutes), even if I never got the response I was looking for (That story was reported and subsequently removed by the Digg community.) I was still pleased that they got back to me and so quickly. The least Reddit could do is send me an email back saying you are a spamming scum bag so your site has been banned.

Unjustified banning aside reddit is an awesome site with many great users.

Visit – reddit

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

5 Reasons Why The New Digg Interface Rocks

Digg Logo It is nearly two weeks since the new Digg was launched and now that I have got used to it I think it is a big improvement, once the picture channel and the new comment system get added it will be even better. Here are 5 good reasons why the new Digg interface rocks.

1/ Hot entries are now shown in all channels

With the old system you could only see what was hot in upcoming on the homepage and in the main topic channels, with the new one all of the channels have a hot section in upcoming. This gives you the ability to pick up on popular stories much sooner.

2/ Videos are now shown on the homepage

Some of the videos submitted definitely deserve a little bit of homepage exposure and the ones that I have seen on there so far have all been worth a watch (if you do not like seeing videos on the homepage you can set your homepage to the news channel, you do this by going to your profile and clicking on manage topics).

3/ Navigating to different channels is easier

The new system makes it much quicker and easier to access the different channels, you click on the drop down menu next to the news channel, you click on a main topic channel and you then have access to all of the sub topic channels without leaving the page that you are on.

4/ Seeing what your friends are up to is easier

With the old system you used to have to click on profile, then click on friends and then click on submitted to see what your friends were submitting. With the new system you can access all of your friends activity from any page on the site simply by clicking the drop down menu next to the friends activity button at the top of the page.

5/ You can now bury spam entries with one click

It is now quicker and easier to bury spam entries and once you have buried them they disappear so that you no longer have to have your eyes offended by the sight of them.

Also check out MSaleem’s post on the new Digg Interface

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.

Sphinn.com: New Social Media Site For Search Engine Marketing

Sphinn LogoI have had my head buried in the sand for the last few days (working on a new project) and I have only just discovered Sphinn.com it’s a new social media site just for search engine marketing that I expect will be a huge success, already the site seems to be taking off and many of the most notable SEO’s in the industry have registered. The site itself is awesome in terms of both design and functionality, I particularly like the profile pages that are totally geared up for link builders. Digg and Reddit can be a nightmare sometimes because the vast majority of the members hate SEO’s and it will be nice to have a descent shot at getting some of my SEO articles noticed. If you are interested in SEO/SEM I suggest you get yourself over there and register, there are some great articles flying about and it looks like a good place to learn.

Visit – Sphinn.com

My profile at Sphinn – Eavesy

Posted in Social Media News By David Eaves a UK search engine optimisation specialist.