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Journal Safety Cap's Journal: Slashdot just isn't "it" anymore 2

My current gig is working on a major newspaper's website. Now that I have access to logs and stuff of a MSM, it is very interesting to see where the traffic comes from—and slashdot doesn't really figure into the mix, even though we've been linked.

The three biggest sources of hits are Drudge, Digg and Fark, in that order, with Drudge being larger than #2 by an order of magnitude.

Least you think this is a small-time site, the whole enchilada gets 6 million hits a month by users, sans bots.

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Slashdot just isn't "it" anymore

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  • drudge (Score:3, Interesting)

    by nocomment ( 239368 ) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @03:45PM (#18803059) Homepage Journal
    Drudge is big one. Well used to be for us as well. We've been linked the dot a couple times, but drudge could kill the servers.

    A couple years ago we were migrating offices and moving web servers a new T1 located in a new office. We started by setting up web servers at the new location and using apache's proxy to pull from the servers still located in the old office. Well wouldn't ya know it but we get hit by drudge on this day. So much bandwidth was going over the T1's that they couldn't move the pages to the press and much of the office was paralyzed. WE had to generate a static duplicate of the website and move them to the caching servers, and turn off the real webservers so we could go to press that day.

    What a nightmare.

    Now we've been reduced to a twice weekly paper....I miss the life of a daily.

  • Terminology (Score:3, Funny)

    by bettiwettiwoo ( 239665 ) <bettiwettiwoo AT gmail DOT com> on Friday April 20, 2007 @03:07AM (#18809181) Homepage Journal
    So the proper terminology isn't slashdotted anymore, it's drudged?!?

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