Dugg Trends
Thursday, July 13, 2006
  Digg Stats: How & What we are digging
We can generally categorize sources/submitters of all the digg stories into two types Below are some of the important factors which affect the traffic and how fast they make it to the frontpage
  1. Title of your story
  2. Content of your story
  3. Category of the story
  4. Time & day promoted to homepage
In detail... Both Title & Content of your story are THE MOST important things, these are not covered in this article. We will post another article about keywords in Title. To check how traffic and probability of a story making to front page depends on the time and the day you post, we have run some scripts on our database and gathered some valuable information through the various statistical tables and graphs.
Total Stories SubmittedStories Made to Front PageStories Buried(after making it to front page)%age stories made to frontpage
Sun (25/06) 1077 98 23 10.99
Mon (26/06) 3566 317 30 11.25
Tue (27/06) 4018 256 23 15.70
Wed (28/06) 3759 227 33 16.56
Thurs (29/06) 3498 234 29 14.95
Fri (30/06) 3178 177 25 17.95
Sat (01/07) 1969 145 23 13.58
Sun (02/07) 1592 141 15 11.29
Mon (03/07) 2507 196 41 12.79
Tue (04/07) 2292 127 15 18.05
Wed (05/07) 2978 202 23 14.74
Thurs (06/07) 3348 177 19 18.92
Fri (07/07) 3158 161 33 19.61
Sat (08/07) 1920 78 18 24.62
Table 1: Stories submitted The above table shows 2 week report on how many stories submitted, how many of them made to front page and how many were burried. But what we really care about is about the percentage of stories making to the front page which defines and delineates the pattern of how stories get to front page and their dependency on the day they are submitted. By sorting the % column which depicts the rate at which stories make to front page, you can clearly see Sunday and Monday being the least active days. Also you can see that apart from the number of stories submitted being less even the percentage of stories making to front page is less. If I were a publisher I would avoid publishing those days.
Chart 1: Total Stories Submitted in Two Weeks (June 25th - July 8th) (Click on image to enlarge)
This clearly shows there is a big variation with sunday being the least active day and thursday (graph here is little skewed because of the digg v3 release) as the most active day. Below is a chart of Total Stories Submitted & Stories made to FrontPage plotted over a 24 hour period(UTC Time). As you can notice a big spike from 13:00 (i.e 9:00 AM EST). This clearly tells many office goers start digging as soon as they step in office, probably 9:00 AM EST is the best time to submit a story.
Chart 2: Total Stories Submitted & Stories made to Frontpage on 24 (UTC) hour period (on July 6th) (Click on image to enlarge)
With the release of digg V3, now we have more options in selecting a category while submitting a story. Since there is a new option of viewing only selected categories, selecting the right category has now become very important. Below are tables & graphs which show category wise statistics.
Total Diggs for week Sun (02/07) Mon (03/07) Tue (04/07) Wed (05/07) Thurs (06/07) Fri (07/07) Sat (08/07)
Apple 649 44 89 55 133 144 118 66
Design 616 42 81 81 115 116 113 68
Gadgets 687 55 84 78 112 186 120 52
Hardware 471 36 70 62 81 84 86 52
Tech Industry News 2184 163 328 226 358 448 438 223
Linux/Unix 339 36 49 40 47 58 61 48
Mods 135 12 25 16 21 25 19 17
Programming 470 29 80 68 68 90 75 60
Security 498 49 47 61 76 107 88 70
Software 986 81 141 126 162 188 180 108
Tech Deals 292 20 46 28 45 46 66 41
Space 331 30 71 70 46 50 33 31
Environment 340 34 45 40 78 69 56 18
Health 613 57 92 105 84 109 101 65
General Sciences 536 51 74 91 86 97 89 48
Business & Finance 929 65 114 95 217 167 186 85
Politics 919 88 134 125 165 165 141 101
World News 1287 144 174 229 229 183 197 131
Offbeat News 1077 134 182 132 170 178 178 103
Animation Videos 127 15 24 21 16 18 15 18
Comedy Videos 734 76 96 103 97 107 157 98
Educational Videos 200 16 33 33 36 24 34 24
Music Videos 162 18 20 28 29 17 32 18
People Videos 395 32 45 55 73 87 55 48
Gaming Videos 119 15 21 18 16 17 22 10
Celebrity 377 43 45 50 50 64 72 53
Movies 410 41 52 46 66 79 73 53
Music 334 34 41 28 61 73 67 30
Television 295 29 50 33 52 62 39 30
Gaming News 990 67 123 119 135 234 203 109
Playable Web Games 293 36 31 30 54 56 44 42
Table 2: Stories submitted by categories (Click on headers to sort the table)
"Tech Industry News" is the most popular one with about 2184 stories submitted in one week, next being "World News" and is just about half of it. Stories submitted in this category probably will have fewer chances to make it to FrontPage. Most of the time these stories get pushed back in Upcoming Stories within few minutes. Below table shows no of stories made to FrontPage by categories.
Total Diggs for week Sun (02/07) Mon (03/07) Tue (04/07) Wed (05/07) Thurs (06/07) Fri (07/07) Sat (08/07)
Apple 55 6 11 8 12 8 5 5
Design 29 1 6 7 4 4 5 2
Gadgets 13 1 3 1 1 5 1 1
Hardware 21 0 6 1 4 5 3 2
Tech Industry News 120 16 22 6 23 22 17 14
Linux/Unix 51 8 7 9 7 8 6 6
Mods 13 3 4 1 1 2 2 0
Programming 23 2 6 3 5 3 0 4
Security 35 5 2 4 10 4 4 6
Software 42 9 9 7 6 4 3 4
Tech Deals 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Space 22 3 4 2 5 3 4 1
Environment 33 6 6 0 6 5 9 1
Health 35 2 9 7 8 3 4 2
General Sciences 58 7 13 8 7 9 10 4
Business & Finance 70 4 12 9 13 11 14 7
Politics 100 19 14 10 16 15 13 13
World News 77 8 14 5 15 13 11 11
Offbeat News 55 10 7 7 14 5 5 7
Animation Videos 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
Comedy Videos 68 10 7 11 6 10 16 8
Educational Videos 26 1 8 3 5 3 2 4
Music Videos 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
People Videos 27 2 3 6 2 6 3 5
Gaming Videos 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Celebrity 10 2 1 1 2 3 1 0
Movies 17 1 2 2 4 2 3 3
Music 17 1 3 2 6 3 2 0
Television 15 1 4 2 2 3 3 0
Gaming News 62 7 10 6 11 14 11 3
Playable Web Games 18 4 0 0 6 4 3 1
Table 3: Stories made to frontpage by categories (Click on headers to sort the table)
Chart 3: Total Stories Submitted By Categories in One Week (July 2nd - July 8th) (Click on image to enlarge)
Below table shows % of the stories making to front page, this clearly tells about the digg audience. 15% of stories submitted in Linux/Unix category has made it to home page 2nd and 3rd being new categories Educational Videos & Politics. One notable point is Gaming News category though is one of the popular ones, only one story from Gaming Videos made it to front page in one week. From four categories Gaming Videos, Tech Deals, Music Videos, Animation Videos Only 11 stories in total made it to home page.
Total Submitted FrontPage %age stories made to frontpage
Apple 649 55 8.47
Design 616 29 4.71
Gadgets 687 13 1.89
Hardware 471 21 4.46
Tech Industry News 2184 120 5.49
Linux/Unix 339 51 15.04
Mods 135 13 9.63
Programming 470 23 4.89
Security 498 35 7.03
Software 986 42 4.26
Tech Deals 292 3 1.03
Space 331 22 6.65
Environment 340 33 9.71
Health 613 35 5.71
General Sciences 536 58 10.82
Business & Finance 929 70 7.53
Politics 919 100 10.88
World News 1287 77 5.98
Offbeat News 1077 55 5.11
Animation Videos 127 4 3.15
Comedy Videos 734 68 9.26
Educational Videos 200 26 13.00
Music Videos 162 3 1.85
People Videos 395 27 6.84
Gaming Videos 119 1 0.84
Celebrity 377 10 2.65
Movies 410 17 4.15
Music 334 17 5.09
Television 295 15 5.08
Gaming News 990 62 6.26
Playable Web Games 293 18 6.14
Table 4: %age of FrontPage Stories by categories (Click on headers to sort the table)
If you like this article please digg it. If you are looking more stats and have any ideas, please use our idea-box or feedback form to submit us your valuable ideas and queries and we will surely work on them. Disclaimer: Most the numbers quoted here might not be 100% accurate but they sure do represent the trends.
 
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
  DiggTrends listed in various news sites
We are glad to see diggtrends.com listed in a couple of popular tech news sites. On June 25' 2006, diggtrends listed on waxy.org. On June 26' 2006, diggtrends listed on lifehacker.com. On June 28' 2006, diggtrends mentioned on searchenginewatch.com. and a couple of more references on various sites like bloglines, stumbleupon & delicious and digg.com itself. We thank everyone. :)
 
Monday, June 26, 2006
  DiggTrends Updated for Digg Version 3.0
Today morning Digg released its version 3.0. We updated our DiggTrends accordingly to add the new categories. There were 16 categories and in the V3.0 release there are 31 categories. We were able to upgrate our whole system with almost no downtime. But since we couldnt update our system instantly there are few digg links which may show weird graphs like sudden spikes and a few category mis-matches. But after the update, the links are just fine. You can use the category filters on the right hand side of the page for quick viewing. We are soon going to provide a much better interface for the filters and some exciting stats please visit back to find updates. Please send us your feedback.
 
Thursday, June 22, 2006
  DiggTrends - Beta Release, Quench Your Thirst of Curiosity
Hello World.... Today we are releasing our DiggTrends.com. Diggtrends is not a "digg clone" but it complements digg.com. Our main goal is to provide more insight of what & how we are digging. Heres is what you can find on our site: To end this post, we are buckling up for the V3.0 release of Digg.com and will keep you updated thru this blog.
 



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