July 3, 2009

Anatomy of a slashdotting

Filed under: Uncategorized — marwatk @ 4:43 pm

Well, it’s been a little under two weeks since I made the front page of slashdot. What did the traffic look like? Well, here’s the week before:

Visits pre-slashdot

Visits pre-slashdot

Around 300 hits per day on average. Here’s the slashdotting:

Visits post-slashdot

Visits post-slashdot

10,000 hits the half day it hit, and about 18,000 the day after. About 60 times my normal traffic. But, what did people visit?

Slashdotting Content

Slashdotting Content

The vast majority just read the story, as I expected. But, traffic on other pages was up as much as 200%. The OTA traffic, though, where people would actually download PodTrapper only saw a 32% increase, even with all that traffic. The new trial users looked like this:

Slashdot Impact on Trial User Count

Slashdot Impact on Trial User Count

So while slashdot drove a lot of traffic, it had near zero immediate impact on trial user counts.  Interesting.

I haven’t had a chance to do any thorough analysis, mostly because I’m not sure what kind of analysis would have value. If there are any numbers you’d like to see let me know in the forums.


  1. Hey is that the google analytic software that gives you all that website visit data?

    Comment by Logan — August 13, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  2. I really like your work. I tried podtrapper a few months ago, liked it and then forgot about it until the trial expired. Then went out and bought it about two months after my trial had expired. Its a real nice app (I didnt see the previous release, so wouldnt know how it looked before the new skin) although i dont use it much at the moment :(
    Anyways, im commenting to let you know that i appreciate you sharing this data with us!

    Comment by mozami — September 8, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  3. PS. The navigation on your site need a little TLC. Its not very consistent, and in some places e.g the forum and blog, its hard to reach the “main” site. Something you may want to work on if you want to improve on that last graph. Every little thing counts!

    Comment by mozami — September 8, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  4. Thanks! Sorry for the delays in posting, apparently I don’t have wordpress set up to send me an email when I get comments. Gotta fix that.

    Comment by marwatk — October 12, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

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