The social news revolution has exploded into all areas of media now with players like yahoo, mixx and digg all now competing for the mass traffic in an already overcrowded market. We already know that if you blog posts is lucky enough to make the front page of digg you can expect between 60k and 100k of visits depending on time of day etc. With so many blogs on the larger sites receiving 2 – 5 votes are there any alternatives dealing only in blog posts? actually there are quite a few niche social news sites catering only for bloggers they wont bring a digg effect of traffic but they will help get your content more exposure than a 2 dugg digg link.
After writing our article a few days ago titled “45 Social News Websites That Can Get You More Traffic” we got to thinking about what are the actual real world rewards of submitting your blog post to the larger social news sites, especially if the submitted post only gets a small number of votes between 2 and 10. As you can imagine a 2 – 10 voted article on digg isn’t going to bring lots of traffic, truth be told the best you can hope for are a few pingbacks from people who have blogged your post and your post quickly being indexed in Google.
Another drawback of not getting a lot of votes is how quickly your submission can become lost amongst 1000’s of other 2 – 10 vote submissions in these larger sites upcoming news sections. The side effect of site popularity and lots of submissions has the complete opposite effect from the same popularity in numbers traffic that a published story would benefit from.
Believe it or not there is a side effect (Apart From Server Load and Bandwidth) to being published on a large Social News Site i will call the “hit and run effect”, visitors from digg usually read your content then head back to digg or off somewhere else. Simply because you hit the Front Page of Digg doesn’t mean a new 60K per day solid following of return visitors to your blog, the traffic will fade over usually a three day period.
Some bloggers will go for the big hit and why not, if you do make the front page of digg for example you can bask in the glory of your triumph. But why not use smaller niche Social News Sites as well that are dedicated to blog posts, granted the traffic isn’t as high but you have a better chance of picking up followers and being recognized more than having 100 posts on digg with 2 -10 votes.
Our overall philosophy is build up your following by utilizing smaller niche resources first, once you have a following they will digg articles you post more regularly hopefully putting on course for that front page spot. Also your content wont disappear from their upcoming sections as fast as on the larger sites giving people more chance to find, read and rate your content.
Rss as we mentioned is a great way to keep visitors returning make sure you RSS subscription is easy to find and also include email subscription if you can.
Social News Sites That Are Dedicated To Bloggers.
BloggingZoom is a place for people to discover and share content from any blog on the web. From the biggest online blog to the most obscure blog, BloggingZoom surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users
If you blog like we do sometimes on subjects covering design you really should submit to designfloat as it’s one site in particular we we have had really good results from, credit to Andrew the owner of designfloat for keeping things going great over there.
Category: Social News