Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Two ways to get traffic

Here's one way to get a lot of traffic -- launch a satellite that crashes into a comet:

Comet collision a historic one

From the article: "NASA's Deep Impact Web site registered nearly 1 billion hits when the space probe collided with comet Tempel 1 late Sunday -- about twice as many hits as the twin Mars rovers got when they parachuted to the Red Planet last year."

If you look up in Alexa you will see a huge traffic spike over the weekend that took NASA into the top-100 sites.

If you don't have the budget to launch your own space probe, then here's a far more down-to-earth alternative:

A good way to waste time online

From the article:
    LifeHacker is a regularly updated blog where you can spend hours and hours learning how to make better use of your time.

    Launched in January (and attracting 188,000 visitors in its first eleven days), LifeHacker welcomes visitors with the observation, 'Computers make us more productive. Yea, right.' and then proceeds to try and take at least some of the irony out of the first statement by collecting efficiency aids from around the Web. LifeHacker is a blog in the style of a links collection rather than an online diary. New posts are added more frequently than at most such sites (averaging a dozen or so each weekday) and simply supply a few lines of introduction, the related URL, and, when the story has been discovered on another blog, a 'credit' link to the original source.
If you look this one up in Alexa, you will find that it jumped to a decent rank very quickly and settled into a pattern. It will be an interesting one to watch going forward. It does show that very simple ideas can get a lot of traction. Read the article for details.

If you are looking for a way to generate cash quickly, here's another possibility: Best. Phone. Sex. Ever.


At 2:12 AM, Blogger dustin said...

It gets kind of annoying how you mention sites alexa charts but only link to your 'alexa lesson' page. It would be more useful to us human readers if you would provide a link to the alexa page in question that you are commenting on.

At 2:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about saving time, this is most true!

At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell me how to get a steady flow of real traffic. After you've gotten your site listed in the major search engines, joined PPC programs with the big names, increased your link popularity, and submitted articles to e-magazines, where do you suggest buying traffic? The forementioned ways only bring so much.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Ray said...

How do you get traffic? Three ways:

1) Content
2) Content
3) Content

On the web, content is King. If you put up garbage, prepare to be relegated to the darkest corners of Google.

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, content is not the king; fresh, good and keyword rich content is the king! You have to do some serious SEO if you want to go from a handfull of visitors to a few thousand visitors a day.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger syl said...


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At 3:30 PM, Blogger tuffkident said...

#1 thing is to be creative!
#2 is content
#3 is using SEO.

I guarantee there are many more web sites you have to compete with. Make a youtube account, broadcast yourself, use keywords on blogs linking to your site. Look at what I'm doing right now haha!

At 11:34 PM, Blogger issakar said...

i started a blog after reading this one. it's nothing special yet, lol. the hardest thing i am finding is figuring out what to write about. i decided to debut my blog with an entry about an experience i had at a local restaurant and how bad it was. i dont know if i am really on the right track or not but i guess it's a start right?

anyway thanks for the advice!


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