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The most popular Digg users & domains

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Using data from SocialBlade.com, I thought I'd have a quick look at  the stories that have made the Digg front page and see which sites are getting the most exposure from Digg.com.  The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.  The UK is also well represented with three sites in the top 10 - the BBC, the DailyMail and the Telegraph newspaper.


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Domain
www.youtube.com
Front pages
217
arstechnica.com103
www.nytimes.com93
news.bbc.co.uk87
www.huffingtonpost.com85
gizmodo.com79
www.dailymail.co.uk77
www.cnn.com69
www.msnbc.msn.com66
www.telegraph.co.uk60
news.yahoo.com58
www.engadget.com55
torrentfreak.com54
www.flickr.com49
kotaku.com47
www.cracked.com46
www.reuters.com45
apod.nasa.gov44
rawstory.com42
online.wsj.com37
www.guardian.co.uk33
www.washingtonpost.com33
blog.wired.com31
www.wired.com30
www.dailykos.com29


We also see who has got the most front pages in this time period - no surprises here with Mr.BabyMan top, getting 4% front page coverage. Obviously not going to mention where we came in list ;-)  The other top users are:

                                                                                                                                                                       
RankUsernameFrontpages Percentage
1MrBabyMan2094.18%
2MakiMaki1643.28%
3msaleem971.94%
4TalSiach831.66%
5pizzler771.54%
6hdar3415651.30%
7zaibatsu641.28%
8cosmikdebris591.18%
9FameMoney561.12%
10maheshee11541.08%
11mklopez531.06%
12adrian67511.02%
13skored480.96%
14badwithcomputer470.94%
15chris1234460.92%
16bamafun450.90%
17putergirl420.84%
18Bukowsky400.80%
19supernova17400.80%
20suxmonkey400.80%

Finally, what have people been most interested in?  Here we show the most popular categories:

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
CategoryDIGGs
2008_us_elections383
tech_news316
odd_stuff295
general_sciences285
world_news259
comedy256
people193
space188
politics183
environment179
movies179
health160
apple145
business_finance144
gaming_news132
arts_culture109
linux_unix109
pets_animals102
design94
educational84
travel_places84
gadgets82
music80
software75
political_opinion67
television65
nintendo64
hardware60
comics_animation59
celebrity58
xbox51
autos45
basketball45
pc_games43
playstation43
microsoft42
food_drink40
other_sports37
baseball36
security34
playable_web_games16
football15
programming14
extreme_sports13
golf9
mods9
motorsport6
hockey5
tennis4
soccer3

Any other data you would like to see?  Leave a comment and I'll run a quick query - one query I can think of is what words appear most in Frontpage stories? - for instance "Digg" appears 57 times, "Facebook" 20 times, "Obama" 81 times, and "Clinton" 72 times.    

Comments

MarkeD

I'll follow up with some pretty graphs soon, all the data is available as well if anyone needs it just ask.

Teddie

MarkeD. You could actually take this a little further and use it as a method for estimating the value of a good DIGG strategy. For instance if we assume, based on experience that an average DIGG homepage presence could result in between 1000-6000 visitors (3000) for the sake of estimating then since February the 18th DIGG may have been worth the following in terms of visitor numbers to these sites:

Domain Estimated Visitors?
www.youtube.com 651000
arstechnica.com 309000
www.nytimes.com 279000
news.bbc.co.uk 261000
www.huffingtonpost.com 255000
gizmodo.com 237000
www.dailymail.co.uk 231000
www.cnn.com 207000
www.msnbc.msn.com 198000
www.telegraph.co.uk 180000
news.yahoo.com 174000
www.engadget.com 165000
torrentfreak.com 162000
www.flickr.com 147000
kotaku.com 141000
www.cracked.com 138000
www.reuters.com 135000
apod.nasa.gov 132000
rawstory.com 126000
online.wsj.com 111000
www.guardian.co.uk 99000
www.washingtonpost.com 99000
blog.wired.com 93000
www.wired.com 90000
www.dailykos.com 87000

As a lot of them generate revenue from CPM adserving deals it's not hard to factor in average page views per visitor and CPM costs to assign approximate $ or £ values :-)

Free Trade Leads

Amazing stats. This tempts me to make new post and look forward to be on the home page of Digg for atleast one day. I am going for it.

Guillaume

Just so you guys know, as I've seen several Google Analytics stats after several dozens of homepages on different domains, an average digg homepage will bring 20 000 up to 100 000 visitors within 36hours, and a few hundred a week after.

Those numbers are very very underestimated!

Teddie

Guillaume, it's purely an estimate of the average number of visitors based on stats I have seen, and is an example of how one could use the data to calculate a value. MarkeD's also talking about stories that made it to the frontpage, and not all frontpage stories go on to be 'Top in' stories, many dissapear quite quickly.

Liam Vickery

Only five comments here so far, yet 189 Diggs? Wow.
Interesting article, thanks.

Cheers - @liamvickery

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As a lot of them generate revenue from CPM adserving deals it's not hard to factor in average page views per visitor and CPM costs to assign approximate $ or £ values :-)

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It's purely an estimate of the average number of visitors based on stats I have seen, and is an example of how one could use the data to calculate a value.Cheers

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The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.

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The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.Thanks

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Well...The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.CHEERS

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Thats a lot of frontpages for those people are they paid to post articles or are they just that good at hunting down cool stuff?

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Guillaume, it's purely an estimate of the average number of visitors based on stats I have seen, and is an example of how one could use the data to calculate a value. MarkeD's also talking about stories that made it to the frontpage

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The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.Thanks

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The UK is also well represented with three sites in the top 10 - the BBC, the DailyMail and the Telegraph newspaper.

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The data only goes back to Feb 18th but includes the last 5000 front page stories. Before analysis we thought youtube.com would be the top dugg domain, and that proved right with 217 frontpage stories.Thanks

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Digg used to be the king of social bookmarking sites some years ago. The system was really democratic, and any website, albeit small or new, had a chance of making it to the front page. Sure, there were many people trying to game the system, but the mass of users made a good job filtering what was good content and what was not.

Then the strange things started to happen. First of all some domain names started getting banned. What is worse, the ban was not clearly outlined or official, but it was a “behind the scenes” thing. Almost like a censorship. There were plenty of stories around the web about Digg submissions vanishing, getting magically buried and so on.

After some time people also started suspecting that Digg went on to use editors who would manually decide what stories were allowed to hit the front page, and what stories were not.
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Rose criticized the DiggBar's user experience as "inconsistent" and "wonky," and called the feature "bad for the Internet." According to Rose, the company will instead choose to focus on its browser extensions, which offer many of the same features that could be found in the DiggBar. Rose said Digg will overhaul these add-ons in a few months.

Along with the removal of the DiggBar, Digg plans to un-ban all domains that have been banned in the past. This could open up the site to a lot of junk, but Rose said that a set of "automated filters" will catch items that violate the site's terms of service.

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There's more user unrest in the community of popular social news site Digg, after the all-time number 3 ranked user Zaibatsu, a.k.a. Reg Saddler, was banned for alleged multiple violations of the Digg Terms of Use. That decision is "final and irreversible", according to an email Saddler got from Digg today. JD Rucker of Social News Watch interviewed Saddler to discuss the ban - we have the exclusive audio below.

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We sought a response from Digg on the banning, since Zaibatsu was a high ranking user who had seemingly put in a lot of effort and work into the community.

Digg's Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications, Beth Murphy, responded that "this user has been banned for multiple violations of the Digg Terms of Use over period of time and not just a single incidence."

So Digg's position is clearly that Zaibatsu has a history of TOS violations, not just the latest one.

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InvespBlog has published what it claims is an interview with a top Digg user – someone who has a 34% success ratio in getting submitted stories to the home page of Digg. The Digg user isn’t named – he or she says “I have a reputation to withhold” (we know what they meant).

In the interview the user talks a little about how he’s able to get stories to the home page of the Digg news site and drive significant traffic back to the destination, despite the increasing popularity of the site. There isn’t much that will surprise people, the user simply does a lot of networking and reciprocal voting with other top users.

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