Traffic Here Yesterday

Yesterday was quite a traffic day here on yafla.

After seeing a continuous low-level amount of interest comingfrom Reddit.com, continuingfrom Wednesday afternoon, mid-yesterday I happened to check thestats to find it reporting ~3500 simultaneous visitors (of coursethey weren’t actually simultaneous GETs, but rather weresimultaneous from the perspective of sessions). Initially Ipresumed that it was a software defect, but I quicklydiscovered it was real, and was due to the domain nameentry appearing on Digg‘sfront page. Along with a number of other great sites linking in,later in the day add to that some Slashdotting as another entry wasapparently referenced in a story there.

Many impressive sites feeding in thousands upon thousands ofvisitors an hour. All told, from when the interest really kickedoff early in the afternoon some 36,000 visitors came through bymidnight, browsing well over 100,000 pages. This high level oftraffic has continued through today.

I want to give my host a breather (the excellent ISQSolutions), so I’m going tohold off publishing the follow-up to the domain name entry (where Iinclude stats such as dictionary values, phrase variations, etc)for a day or two to let the traffic settle a bit.

Through it all the site never failed to serve up pages (duringthe height of it the server continued to serve pagesvirtually instantly), courtesy of the fact that I publish thesepages rendered into static form. Not only does this avoid theunnecessary overhead of script interpreting or database access, italso allows IIS 6 to kernel-cache the pages, allowing it to servecached pages without even leaving kernel mode.

I should also say that Digg’s influence is vastly greater than Ipostulatedpreviously. I’ve had several pages as the primary focus ofSlashdot stories before, and they didn’t yield the simultaneousinflux that a Digg front page did.