The Key To Being Anti-Social – How To Deal With Diggs, Slashdot, Delicious, ect

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We had a few off the wall questions during last weeks radio show about how I deal with digg and the other social networks. Well I have a dedicated server that I use pretty much just for my blog so its not that hard however some people made the point that most bloggers that do shared hosting or whatever just cant handle the traffic that a DIGG or something brings and that my friends is just not planning for success!

If your server is having problems dealing with diggs put this code in your .htaccess and it will redirect them to a cached mirror of your page.

!start code

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^192.168.1.2$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !^CoralWebPrx
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !(^|&)coral-no-serve$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?digg.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?slashdot.org [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?slashdot.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?fark.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?somethingawful.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?engadget.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?boingboing.net [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?del.icio.us
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.shoemoney.com.nyud.net:8080/$1 [R,L]

!end code

What you need to edit:

RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^192.168.1.2$ – This should be your ip so you dont see the cached version

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.shoemoney.com.nyud.net:8080/$1 [R,L] – change the shoemoney.com part to our website but make sure you keep the nyud.net:8080 part intact.

How this works? Your webserver sees the referal from the social site and points people to the mirrored cached copy of your website thus not hammering on yours.

(This tip is also included in a lot of digg comments)

For the demonstration of this article I will use it. If you come from the digg link you will be redirected (dont feel that you need to digg this article though)

51 thoughts on “The Key To Being Anti-Social – How To Deal With Diggs, Slashdot, Delicious, ect

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  2. micsaund

    How often does nyud.net slurp content into the cache? Maybe it will pull the cache upon the first access so there is effectively no waiting period required.

  3. Bob

    Dumb question: How does one get or set up a, as it says above, “the mirrored cached copy of your website” ?

  4. Bob

    Dumb question: How does one get, find or set up a, as it says above, “mirrored cached copy of your website” ?

  5. PreZ

    I got dugg pretty hard just last week and what I did was save the page of my blog as .htm upload it to my server and did a 301 redirect to that html page. The load and bandwidth significantly dropped.

  6. SirNuke

    CoralCDN does not automatically rewrite links, so any pages that do not contain a referer from Digg/* will not get redirected. Many anaylists of the Digg/* Effect show that most vistors don’t go past the first page, so this may not be a problem.

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  9. Mike Papageorge

    This code looks to be useful, but if the user doesn’t pass referers (many firewalls block sending referers) they won’t get redirected.

    Also, I tested the code today from the Digg article and went thru to your homepage where the current title is “One Year Of Blogging…. Pretty Wild”. Kinda confusing to the user (me) who clicked a link in Digg marked “Be Anti-Social – How To Deal With Diggs, Slashdots, Delicious And The Like”.

    Something amiss in your .htaccess file?

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  15. Dave

    Isn’t it true that this requires that the user’s browser sends a referrer, which many people block, negating the solution in many cases?

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