When I posted a funny video about Bill Gates and Napoleon Dynamite, my intent was to see what impact that Digg could have on exposing my blog to others. As well, my intent was to show the after effects of the “Digg Effect”. Noah on Okdork is keeping me honest on this one.
“The Digg Effect” is the catapult in hits that your site obtains when you submit a story through Digg that other “Diggers” find interesting. The ultimate question is whether it would do anyone like me any good? (If you’d like to read Part I of this test, click here).
Statistics (The Digg Effect is the big bounce):
I might be reporting this a day early… you’ll notice the last point on the chart is quite low. That’s because the stats haven’t fully been reported for yesterday.
A week after my big hits, I’m still getting some trickles of traffic from Digg. However, the number of multiple visits vs. first-time visits is up from 6.38% to 11.77%. That means that some of my “diggers” have “dugg” my site. As well, the number of folks that are subscribed to my feed has tripled and are reading daily (stats by FeedPress). Overall, the number of visitors to my site on a daily basis is up 300%. It’s difficult to see on the graphs since the scale shoots up to cover the Digg event… but the trend after the event is up quite a bit.
Is this a good thing? Perhaps! Out of the 4,000 odd folks that came to my site during the Digg event, I probably added another 100 or so readers to my site on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, this is a terrible retention rate. In part, because such a small portion of the viewers of the video might actually be interested in my blog. It’s much like advertising your Yoga Studio in the newspaper. Sure, a million folks might glance at the ad… but virtually all of them won’t care.
Would I do it again?
Possibly. I think I would rather avoid the videos that are really not relevant to my readers/subscribers. If I have a video of something pertaining to Marketing, Automation, or Indianapolis… I’d probably take the chance of burying my site again. Outside of that, though, I’m not really worried about exposing my blog to folks who don’t give a hoot.