Using HitTail to Get Dugg

HitTail Best Practices Dec 5, 2006

How might HitTail be of use to top Diggers? A HitTail user named eConsultant recounted his experience getting a page Dugg to the main homepage, and watching the HitTail real-time search hit report as people followed the Digg link to his site.

Watching the real-time flow of referrals flow in is one place where HitTail really shines. You don’t have to wait a whole day for Google Analytics data to come back, and you don’t even need to struggle with your log files. Just install HitTail on your site, submit articles to Digg, and watch for the referrals to start pouring in… maybe.

Many people think that a submitted article is only a success if lots of folks digg it. Otherwise, it scrolls off of the Upcoming Stories list rather quickly. But that’s not true. Unbeknownst to you, your submitted article could be generating dozens of visits by people investigating your story deciding whether to digg it. And most users would never know.

So, how does HitTail help get you get dugg? Easy! You watch the referrals and take notice of which submitted articles are “almost working”. In the same spirit that HitTail tells you which search engine referrals are “almost working” for you, it can tip Digg’s hand about which stories you almost got dugg. Then, you take measures to improve the next submission.

There is great value in generating visits even if you don’t get the vote. This will tell you that your headline-writing skills are adequate, but your landing page failed. Conversely, if you submit articles and never get any referrers, you know that your headline writing skills (or story selection) needs a little work too.

In short, HitTail speeds up the Digg information feedback loop, letting you see a lot more about the near-success of your submissions. Armed with this information, you can adjust your future articles.

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