I woke up this morning to find a nice little surprise waiting for me in my Google Analytics account:
Woah! Where did all that traffic come from? After looking at the referrers, I discovered that the Fake Name Generator was featured on Existenz.se (sort of a Swedish version of I Am Bored, I think..).
So how much money did those extra 20,000 visitors earn me? $0.
The thing is, people that visit the big “look at this” sites (Reddit, Digg, Slashdot, StumbleUpon, etc etc) don’t click ads. Based on my stats in Google AdSense and ValueClick, a surprisingly large number of them don’t even see the ads. I don’t hold this against them though. I use AdBlock and on the few sites that have ads that aren’t automatically blocked, I am rarely tempted to click an ad.
So why bother getting your site listed on Digg or Existenz? One word: backlinks! A backlink is a link to your site from somebody else’s. Getting listed on a big site like Existenz comes with several backlink advantages:
These backlinks are where the money comes from. People that find your site through someone else’s blog are likely to click ads. People that find your site through your newly improved search engine listings are likely to click ads.
So get your site on social media sites. Submit it to StumbleUpon, ask some friends to blog about it, and make some money!