News Sites That Send The Most Traffic

Sending out a news release to sites in your field is one of the quickest and effective ways of getting traffic to a new site. When I have a new article published, the first thing I do is send a news release to my news list. However, there are three news sites that won’t accept emailed releases, but will required you to do a little extra. This little extra is worth doing because if these sites post your news, you’ll see a flood of traffic. Who are they?

Slashdot covers “News for Nerds. Stuff that matters.” It’s basically the biggest geek site on the net. They don’t post many stories, but the stories they do post gets a huge amount of traffic. How huge? So huge that your website won’t be able to handle it. Being “Slashdotted” normally means a server crash or having your web host shutting down your site because he think it’s under a DOS attack.

You see, at any given time there are up to 85,000 users logged onto Slashdot reading the news. So when a new article gets posted, all these readers click on the link to read the full story. The problem with that is most people don’t have the server power to handle a Slashdot. The end results; your server dies from the flood of Slashdot readers trying to read your article. As the day goes by, your news will make its way down the Slashdot page until it’s moved to page 2. Then the huge flood of traffic suddenly stops, just like that. Slashdot has been described as an internet rave party. These Slashdotters come crashing into your server, makes a huge mess of the place and then leaves you to clean it up.

A Slashdot sends huge traffic, and traffic equals money. For The TechZone, a Slashdot means an extra $1,000 of income. Slashdot get tons of submissions everyday, so the chances of them posting your story are pretty slim. They’re looking for unique tech stories and news. They like stuff that are pro Linux and anti Microsoft. It takes a bit more effort to submit a story to Slashdot but if it gets posted, you’ll either be jumping for joy or cursing your web host for shutting you down. You can submit stories to Slashdot here.

Fark was started by Drew Curtis. The word Fark doesn’t mean anything. It’s a word Drew used instead of saying F*** in chat rooms and online games back in the early 90s. He became known for saying it at random intervals just for the hell of it, so one day in late 1997 he decided to go out and register the domain.

Fark post many different types of news, but the more out of the ordinary, the better. Each news link is labeled by the type of news it represents. The labels range from “interesting” to “Dumbass”. Less than 5% of submissions make it to the Fark front page.

I have never been Farked before. However, from talking to webmasters who has been farked, I can tell you that they can send traffic almost equaling Slashdot. To submit a news link to Fark, you must sign up for a Fark account. Then you can submit the link here.

Digg is a relatively new site – it was started in 2004. What sets Digg apart from Slashdot and Fark is that editors don’t decide what goes on the front page. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

Once a story is submitted by a user it is instantly posted in the digg area queue. This is a temporary holding place where stories wait to be promoted to the homepage. To help promote stories to the homepage, simply visit the digg area and digg stories you think are cool. Once a story has received enough diggs, it is instantly promoted. Should the story not receive enough diggs, or is reported, it eventually falls out of the digg area queue.

Depending on a number of factors, it can take 75 to 200 diggs before a story is sent to the front page. Having your story on the front page of Digg will not send you as much traffic as Slashdot, but the traffic Digg sends will be quite large. The last time The TechZone got “Dugg”, we received 50,000 digg visitors. To submit a story to Digg, you must first create an account. After that you just log in and enter your story here.

21 thoughts on “News Sites That Send The Most Traffic”

  1. Vlad says:

    The thing is, if you have quality content (especially in the tech field), there is plenty of wonderful people who will willingly pick up your news story and swamp you with excess traffic. That is why it’s worth the while investing time and energy in quality content.

  2. Steve Gill says:

    Excellent post. I had a webpage Farked in 2002 and although it didn’t crash our (University grade) server it did make for welcome surprise. 🙂

    Aside from potentially having your server crash, one problem with getting traffic from these places is that it’s often not targetted and therefore very difficult to monetize.

    i.e. I recently saw a spike in hits to one of our sites with a page related to that face transplant story, but no adsense ads appear for the topic and other attempts to capitalize have (so far) been less than stellar (i.e. amazon link to books about dog attacks).

    But a boost in visitors will at least give you a *chance* at making some extra money, whihc is much better than being ignored altogether. 🙂

    Thanks for the post!


  3. John Chow says:

    I guess the main reason I don’t submit stuff to Fark is because of its un-targetted traffic. However, Slashdot and Digg are both tech news sites and targetted exactly to what I do.

  4. Vlad says:

    I believe traffic can always be converted somehow. You just have to get a feel for the traffic and react quickly, once it comes rushing in your door to party! Obviously, traffic that’s allergic to dairy won’t want your cheese crackers…

  5. Steve Gill says:

    You’re preaching to the choir, Vlad! 🙂

    I too believe that even generic incoming traffic can be converted somehow, but sometimes it’s tougher than others – especially when there are no ads for adsense to show. (Not many people advertising products for dog attacks or facial transpants .. yet). 🙂

    As mentioned, I popped in some amazon ads so hopefully that’ll earn something – perhaps I’ll see if has any posters of dog attacks too. lol


  6. Steve Gill says:

    and p.s…
    I believe that even the lactose intollerent can be convinced to buy my cheese crackers if I can convince them they’d make a great gift for their spouse or they can make money by selling the crackers themselves (i.e. via my affiliate program)! *baha*

    Also btw – good point, John, about Fark being far less targeted than Slashdot or Digg when it comes to your tech sites.
    Now we just need a list of similar huge community sites for all the various niches we can target and promote to. 🙂

  7. Vlad says:

    When everything else fails, try to upsell to dating sites with free trials. Does well with any sort of traffic.

  8. Steve Gill says:

    Dammit, Vlad – where were you 3 days ago! 🙂

    I actually read that very same thing elsewhere a month or two back (believe it was the blackhat seo blog), and *should* have done that with the blog page I mentioned above (getting a spike from the face transplant story)!

    Oh well, I’m still receiving residual traffic to that page from “Johnny come lately’s”, so am off to add the dating banners I’m already promoting elsewhere.

    Thanks for the tip!

  9. Vlad says:

    No problem mate, glad I could help.

  10. brian says:

    Sounds good but hard. Digg seems the best and easiest one to do.

    Always Free Information

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