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Why StumbleUpon is better than Digg to build your Blog Traffic

10 June 2007 45 Comments

I got the feeling that StumbleUpon users are better than Digg users. Do you know why? They stay longer at your page and browse more pages.

Then I read three good blog posts on this topic Stumbleupon vs Digg – Voyeurs vs Sheep by Venture Skills, My StumbleUpon vs Digg Experience by Cucirca and then finally StumbleUpon Defined vs. Digg, Google, MySpace and More by SE journal.

I think StumbleUpon (SU) has a better model of user interaction that suits every user – you will be presented a web page on your browser – then you either rate with “I like it” or “I dont like it”. Very simple – users just have to stumble to the next site. Perfect for a lazy web browsers.

so, with SU – people see a story and evaluate.

When it comes to Digg – you will be presented with a link – with a Catchy title , then a small description, and user has to click on it to go to the web page. Big job for the lazy users.

with Digg, majority of the people see ‘who the Digger is’ and ‘digg it’ even without visiting the story page.

Now, I observed my blog stats over the last few months – how the digg and stumbleupon users behaved at my sites.

StumbleUpon (SU) is better, why is that?

1) Digg users always visit a page and then leave immediately. They do not subscribe to feeds, do not bother to see other blog posts. You may experience spikes in your visitor graph, but there will be no regular increase in traffic flow. Readers of SU have subscribed more times and stayed for longer times, read more stories in my websites.

2) For the newbies, Digg is hard to play. You may submit an article which might be stunning good – but don’t surprised if doesn’t get past 10 diggs. SU is very easya good post will guarantee a regular flow of visitors – year long – no catch involved.

3) Blog posts from blogspot.com, wordpress.com – do not generally make it to the Digg’s frontpage. Not only this, only the top digger’s stories (who have more friends) make it to the front page. SU readers don’t bother where the story is coming from, they look if the content is good – if it is, then they ‘give thumbs up’.

4) Sometimes, stupid stories make it to the Digg’s frontpage. But, with SU, the users do not simply put a vote for the sake of it (how stupid that would be?). If the readers dont like a page, they either say ‘ i dislike it’ or stumble next without saying anything.

5) Your server will not get choked up by SU users. Digg will do a considerable damage to your server (page not found), and your bandwidth – with not adding any regular traffic. SU is very smooth – as the day progresses, you will get a natural increase in the traffic – no sudden Digg spikes will occur.

6) People love surprises – what may come next. SU is highly addictive and very fast – SU users react very quick. With Digg, you see plenty of stories and choose one among them. In which format, do you think you will perform better? I will go with SU – where my post is judged individually as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ rather with a group of 20 upcoming stories in Digg.

8) If a blog post is good, SU users bookmark your blog as well (they go back to the root URL) and stumble it as well. SU readers have subscribed to my RSS many a times as I had previously mentioned. How many times that has happened with Digg users?

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