What Happens When Gizmodo Unleashes a Flood of 42,000+ People on Your Blog
December 9th, 2010: 5:01PM: “It’s up! It’s up! GO GO GO.” I received this IM from my friend Lindsay who had been watching Gizmodo like a hawk ever since I told her that my travel-hacking article, "How to Travel the World for $418" was going to be syndicated on the tech giant's website.
For the next 48 hours, it felt like I had taken over the internet.
A week later, I was still trying to get caught up on the hundreds upon hundreds of emails, almost a thousand new subscribers to the site, and even crazy radio interview requests including one with a station in Tokyo, Japan. As of today, that article on Gizmodo has been viewed 330,000 times on Gizmodo, shared thousands and thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, and was their #2 How-To article for 2010.
That day, I learned the true power of the connected world in which we live...it's freaking awesome.
While on my big trip around the globe, I reached out to my friend Corbett and asked if I could put together an article for Think Traffic that showed what happened to my site when it was “Gizmodo’d.” Fortunately, he agreed, and right on time (...five months late), here’s that breakdown on what happened, why it happened, and what resulted because of it.