If you look at the list of domains banned by the socially driven news and content behemoth Digg.com, you will find that a majority of them are SEO-related sites. While many people think that Digg has an irrational vendetta against these sites, it’s not entirely irrational, rather it’s simply driven by a mentality of generalizing.
It’s not often that we come across such a perfect case study of what consistent social media traffic can do for your site in terms of site rank, traffic, and exposure. The case study is the rise of [Knuttz.net](http://www.knuttz.net).
A few days ago Neil reported on an article that I had written about how a few users were abusing Netscape.com’s site-mail feature to get their content promoted to the home page. While the feature on its own is a great idea, the abuse made it almost unbearable to use. Netscape has announced what appears to be a first step towards combating this problem.
Let’s assume that the ratio of referral traffic to social media traffic (by way of social bookmarking and socially driven sites) is 1:10. The question is quite simple actually, but the answer isn’t. Would you rather have 5000 unique visitors from Digg.com or would you rather have 500 visitors from everywhere else on the web?
Every once in a while I will come across a beautifully orchestrated hoax and ask myself, why would someone do this? Having too much free time on your hands and temporary Internet celebrity aside, a carefully crafted hoax can be leveraged to your advantage.
YouTube is one of the most popular web sites on the Internet, beating the next biggest website, MySpace, by a hefty margin. Millions of people visit YouTube to watch the latest viral videos and to take a look at the featured content on the site.