Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Simple content can drive traffic

Look at how simple this page is:

Strange Things You Likely Didn't Know

However, it is an interesting page when you read it. It got picked up by and sent a lot of traffic to the site. You can see the spike if you look it up in Alexa.


At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Peter Cooper said...

It'd be cool to see a post mortem of how something like this spreads.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger pat said...

This is so bizarre. I think it attests more to the power of sites like than anything else.

Clearly poor Robin's server couldn't handle the traffic: her site 404's now. But not to worry: there is nothing new about this site. If you care to see her page, it's in the Internet Archive. However, the content is available verbatim on about a bazillion other sites.

It's not really relevant, I guess, that the content is full of misinformation, anyway. This is chainmail quality stuff.

It's resonant all right, but this sort of traffic spike seems to me to be utterly unreproducible. I agree with Peter, it would indeed be interesting to see how and why this one random page caught on. I suspect that it's simply a result of's new slashdot effect, and little else.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Peter Chen said...

I got something similar href="" and never smell that kind of traffic. Wonder if putting a link here will make a difference.

At 1:35 AM, Blogger Peter Chen said...

Got the html wrong. Give me a second chance: Amazing Things

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

True to Internet tradition: just copy your content from someone else and don't give credit!

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