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Every blogger knows that social bookmarking can help you tremendously getting a lot of viewers in a short amount of time. Sites such as StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit and many more bring readers to your article. But what if all those bookmarking sites like one article? Be prepared for a whole lot of viewers...

Social Bookmarking

My articled called Top 40 Demotivational Posters was a big and totally unexpected success on social bookmarking sites. At first I hoped that the article I've written before the posters, naming the Ultimate Photoshop Design Resources, would get a lot of attention, but the posters did it way better.

My website is build on Joomla!, a great open source CMS. At the back-end of the website, it has a hitcounter for each article separately. Here's the one from the Top 40 demotivational posters article.

Article Hits

At this time, the post had 526457 hits. For a small blog like mine, this is really a lot. How this happened? Social networking sites is the anwer.

Digg

Digg

User rockouttomcr submitted the article to Digg. This social networking site is well known for its "Hard to get many thumbs up", so I was suprised to see that the article was already Digged for 5383 times. Truth is, that when an article on Digg gets big, it really drives a lot of viewers to your page.

Reddit

Reddit

Lobsters, a user from Reddit, submitted the post to that social networking website. Not such a success as on Digg, the article still received a nice 126 points. Additionally, Reddit send a nice amount of viewers to the post.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

My favorite social bookmarking site has to be StumbleUpon. I submitted the article myself to SU, not to other social networking sites. The StumbleUpon users seemed to like the post and give it a lot of thumbs up, causing it to send more and more SU users to my page. It must have been one (or more) SU users that added the page to the other social networking websites.

Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us doesn't work the same as Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and other social bookmarking websites. These users save their pages and that's why the chances are bigger of coming back. I was very pleased to see the URL saved by 776 other people, being it one of the most popular saved pages on the website.

Technorati

Technorati

To keep a close watch on the blogosphere, you have to check on Technorati. Make sure you view your own blog reactions to view which other blogs are linking to your own page. As you can see in the graph below, many other blogs reffered to the article about the demotivational posters.

Technorati Chart

Feedburner

Feedburner

This is the ultimate goal when setting up a blog: Getting as much readers as possible. There is the problem with the social bookmarking sites: They provide you visitors, not directly readers. As you can see in the graph, many people subsribed to my feed after hitting the hearts of the social networking sites. Unfortunately, you also see that many people removed my feed and / or Feedburner is giving wrong statistics. Feedburner also sees bots such as the Google Feedfetcher as readers. When you have a hot article, those bots will check your blog more often, letting it look like you have a lot of readers. After a while, those bots will stop checking and down goes your feedcounter.

Alexa

Alexa

Your pagerank from the WWW can be viewed on Alexa. You see a big amount of users coming to my website on one date, causing it to make a huge peak in the graph. As you can see, social networking sites helped me getting my blog off the ground since I got a lot of viewers from all over the world.

Hosting Statistics

Hosting Statistics

My website isn't online for too long now. I started blogging in August without thinking to grow big in any way. But as you can see in the hosting chart, the data traffic for this month is 509178145 kB. It simply means that my website consumed a stunning 485.5 GB on traffic this month! Okay, I hear you say "But you have many more other posts" and I agree with that. 80% from that traffic is from the demotivational posters article.

I'm very pleased with my host, offering unlimited bandwith. Otherwise your website will go offline when generating too much traffic, which is something that you really don't want to happen.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics - 1 Google Analytics - 2

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyse what your visitors are doing. You see the peak of the graph on the same day is Alexa displays. In the second image you see the traffic sources, being StumbleUpon and Digg #1 and 2.

Conclusion

As expected, social bookmarking can get you a lot of viewers and help you spread the word. This doesn't necessarily mean that they'll turn in to readers which is something that you want. Readers come back to read articles on your website, viewers just "come and go". Anyway, you now know what can happen if one (or more) articles are loved in the mysterious world called social bookmarking.


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