Quick note on a DIGG

Just the other day, Green Llama dot net was Dugg – in fact, one of my posts got over 1,000 Digg’s – not too shabby. The traffic came pouring in and was quickly shut off to a trickle. The Digg Bury Brigade came through, as they often do, and shut down my story before my server had a chance to overload and explode. Quite frankly, I wanted to see if it could handle the load; I’ve never been Dugg before.

Overall I ended up getting just under 8,000 visitors from Digg, and a few more thousand from other sites that picked up the story. That’s quite a bit of traffic for this site, but way less than it should’ve gotten. What’s the number of buries needed to kill off a story – something like 10 right? Seems a bit lopsided that over 1,000 people vote for a story, 10 vote against it, and the story disappears. Someone at Digg needs to rethink this and make some adjustments – it just doesn’t seem to make much sense.

As far as money earned from Digg, forget about it. It’s times like these when I’m actually glad that Google doesn’t allow reporting of Adsense CTR, because it’s quite embarrassing. Total revenue increase vs what this site normally earns in a day? About six bucks. Let’s see.. six dollars divided by 8,000 visitors…. I don’t even want to do the math.

Hopefully over the course of the next few days, I’ll start to see some of the reported link benefit from Digg. Lots of sites tend to link to a dugg article, as the story goes. I’ve seen a few links already – about 10 or so. Hopefully I’ll see that number go way up – I’ll update with the results in a few days.


  1. Jeremy Steele said

    March 16 2007 @ 11:16 am


    By the way, do you run WP-Cache? Turn that sucker on and even a pentium can handle the Digg-effect.

  2. Leroy Brown said

    March 16 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    Thanks. I do use WP-Cache – I wouldn’t run a blog without it.
    I guess I don’t have to worry about a server crash, even if the bury brigade doesn’t come around. Good to know.

  3. Jeremy Steele said

    March 16 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    Well if you get hit by a really big Digg (30,000 visitors) then you might have problems… but an average Digg shouldn’t kill the server.

  4. Shawn Knight said

    March 22 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    Hey, congrats on the digg. I had my first digg about a month ago on my tech site and it instantly brought the server down. I was disappointed and after another failed digg, I upgraded to a dedicated server which solved the problem.

    As for effects from a digg, mine were all positive (well aside from 99.9% of digg users being hateful in comments). But, I got about 30k hits in two days and a nice ‘bonus’ as far as ad money goes. But now I think I have been put on the “secret ban” list, as my stuff just disappears for no reason now.

  5. Leroy Brown said

    March 23 2007 @ 10:10 am

    Thanks Shawn. I probably should move to a dedicated server just to reduce the possibility of a crash in the future, but the cost seems a tad prohibitive for now.

    In the mean time, I’d love to see if a full-scale digg can kill this site for a while. I guess I better writ something truly fantastic, eh?

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