Monday, March 03, 2008

Burning Question: What Would you Do for a Million Hits?

It has been quite a while since we had a burning question here at Culture Kills, but last week, a discussion emerged at Layercake because of that 3-year old critic of Star Wars.

That clip had about 46 thousand hits when Heidi first posted it, and then a few hours later it had over 1.2 million. Then I quipped "I am thinking about what I would do to get that kind of traffic. It is pretty extreme." And the slogan and music from those old Klondike Bar commercials played through my head.

So the burning question is: What would you do for a million hit day(one which won't kill your site or cost you hosting fees)?

Would you do something really embarrassing? Something frightening? Something against your better nature?

13 comments:

Heidi said...

I might post an embarrassing moment type of photo of myself with a black bar over the eyes to protect my identity. But alas I have no embarrassing moment photos of myself, only of others. Which is not to say that there have been no moments worthy of embarrassment, just that there is not photographic evidence of said moments. So instead I'll just wait around until I have kids so I can exploit their quirky antics. I kid. I kid.

I still think it's a CSI episode waiting to written.

Jeremy Barker said...

I will apparently cajole friends to digg an old entry and still come nowhere near a million hits. I'm not very good at this stuff. Thanks for the digg by the way.

MC said...

Jeremy: Well, it looks like someone stumbled it before I did... but you'll get there. You and I are both trying to crack the Digg enigma.

Heidi: Would you tell your most intimate secrets?

Heidi said...

Hmmm. Maybe my semi-most intimate secrets. I am working on a way to that semi-anonymously. I also love semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Would you tell yours?

thom said...

I would definitely post some embarrassing photos or stories of myself. That stuff is great. But I'll admit that the line is pretty low (or high, depending on how you look at it) for me. I wouldn't do anything that my family would cringe at.

MC said...

Heidi: I admitted to being an online female impersonator before, so I think that if I could spin them as Pop Culture nuggets, I probably would tell some pretty revealing things for a million hits.

Thom: I could be persuaded to go past family cringe worthy material for a million hits.

Jeremy Barker said...

I do seem to be getting a number of Stumbled Upon hits the past two days, but couldn't see where I was being linked from. I haven't spent enough time on it to get how it works.

The Last Supper collection also got referenced in a comment on slashdot and on an Aussie site called zgeek, so I've had a spike, which has been interesting.

The Digg enigma is right - I can't seem to figure out what/how something gets popular. Being the first to submit isn't it, but I will keep trying.

Heidi said...

:) Jeremy I use Mint for my stats and it lets you drill down on your referrers. So when I see Stumbled Upon referring I can tell which posts they are sending the most traffic. I think Mint costs about $30 per yr. I also use Google Analytics because it's free and it's good. What do most people you guys know use for stats? I'm kind of a stat whore myself. And yeah, I agree, Digg is an enigma. Oh and I love your Last Supper post, it rocks.

MC: What exactly does an online female impersonator do?

PS- Not sure if you guys know this about layercake but I removed that do not follow code so when you post comments on layercake, you get a link. Coolio:)

Megan said...

Um, I wouldn't want it. Just sayin'...

MC said...

Jeremy: Stumbleupon IS the site that you are getting linked from. Basically someone presses a button and if your site meets that person's criteria of what they want to see, it may come up in the mix. I do wish you'd make your Sitemeter public though. I like to compare and contrast stats sometimes.

Heidi: Me and Jeremy both use Sitemeter, which for most purposes does give you quite a bit of information(for instance, that you use a particular feed reader to get here on particular OS using a particular browser at a certain screen resolution, from a certain network assigned to a particular company, the page you entered and the page you left from). The only problem with the free version is it only keeps those records for the last 100 people through your site, but it does keep pretty accurate records of how many visits you've had overall as well.

And about the female impersonator thing. When I was in college, I pretended to be a normal female user (meaning I wasn't trying to play some fantasy girl etc) on a couple of telnet chat rooms.

Megan: Well, you do value privacy as well.

Tuffy said...

Meanwhile, I guess I'm the only person in the land who found that clip AMAZINGLY ANNOYING. I guess you either like kids or you don't.

Arjan said...

the easiest way is to post semi-pornographic stuff and add some random 'boob' 'sex' 'nude' words in posts. You can't imagine the kind of traffic that your blog will get from that.

MC said...

Tuffy: I think certain videos hit you at the right time.

Arjan: I've seen some of the things people search for when they get here. If I was guaranteed 1 million hits in a day, I might do just that.