It started very long time ago (to be exact December 27, 2008), when I created my first promotional article with 40 promotional links in it. Then I was just starting and I was excited, there exist such things like user news and sites like DesignBump or DesignFloat.
Time passed, and I needed to update my article, add more links, delete old ones because I have been promoting EVERY article in these sites. Now this promotional article consists of 70 sites, but again I wasn’t sure how all links work – I mean how much traffic they return. And now you will hear why this article is so outstanding and extremely valuable for every design-related blogger! Since I’ve been submitting all my article on those sites this whole time, I have also very precise statistics based on several months.
Now I completely reviewed whole article and here TOP 53 sites are arranged in ascending order – from the most valuable websites to less ones. Unique visit count and information is based on my Google Analytics latest 3 months statistics. At the end I added several new and unverified but promising promotional websites.
Needless to say I will update this article regularly, so be sure to bookmark it for later reference! This is really assured list because I’ve tested it and I can tell – these sites really deliver impressive traffic! If you need that traffic – go ahead and take it now! I give you tools, you just need to realize them in the same way I did!
1. StumbleUpon* ( 160,154 unique visits)
StumbleUpon is no different – you need a lot of friends, good network to bring traffic. But if you have that all, again it totally pays off 10 times. You should have few powerful stumbler friends as well, who could discover or maybe even share your stories – returning you with easy traffic in that way!
2. Digg* (80,214 unique visits)
Certainly not easy traffic, but when you get the first time of Digg FrontPage you will never doubt it’s power and beautiful traffic income source. Building community takes a lot of time, so be sure you build contacts with few power diggers in your niche.
3. SmashingMagazine + Noupe (74,494 unique visits)
*Updated: in the next day, when I published this article SM and Noupe took off their user news and now there are only SmashingNetwork news in sidebar, so for most of us, this traffic isn’t available more.
Since now SM owns Noupe, their design news are now tied together. This number is not so accurate because I am on SmashingNetwork and get traffic from their features as well, but certainly worth submitting – 2 in 1!
4. Twitter* (22,119 unique visits)
Seems like now Twitter is getting even more popular as it is – if it is possible! It’s good to have powerful account or powerful friends with big networks to share your links with.
5. CSSGlobe* (7,528 unique visits)
If your links will be accepted in this site, you will get serious traffic regularly! This site is my big discovery, I was surprised how valuable it is and what kind of traffic it can deliver.
6. Facebook* (6,574 unique visits)
You need here to think seriously about community building or fan page, because it can really be good traffic income source.
7. DesignBump* (5,921 unique visits)
8. Dezinerfolio (3,678 unique visits)
9. Design-Newz (3,436 unique visits)
10. WebdesignNe.Ws (2,709 unique visits)
11. InstantShift (2,525 unique visits)
12. CSSDrive (2,145 unique visits)
13. DesignrFix (2,083 unique visits)
14. Devsnippets (1,831 unique visits)
15. Designm.Ag (1,692 unique visits)
16. Dzone* (1,400 unique visits)
17. Abduzeedo* (1,381 unique visits)
18. Psdfan (1,337 unique visits)
19. Reddit* (1,308 unique visits)
20. TripWireMagazine (1,219 unique visits)
21. DesignMoo* (1,185 unique visits)
22. DesignYourWay (1,171 unique visits)
23. DesignFloat* ( 1,003 unique visits)
24. 10Steps.sg (948 unique visits)
25. ShareBrain (942 unique visits)
26. Graphic-Design-Links* (753 unique visits)
27. Hongkiat (735 unique visits)
28. InspiredN (733 unique visits)
29. TheDesignMag (686 unique visits)
30. SpeckyBoy (570 unique visits)
31. BlogFreakz (557 unique visits)
32. FuelYourCreativity (521 unique visits)
33. NaldzGraphics (516 unique visits)
34. DesiznTech (499 unique visits)
34. TheWebBlend* (342 unique visits)
35.ZaBox* (383 unique visits)
36. MyInkBlog (250 unique visits)
37. ScriptAndStyle (249 unique visits)
38. CSSLeak (209 unique visits)
39. WhoFreelance (207 unique visits)
40. PVM Garage (151 unique visits)
41. PSD.Tutplus (1,019 unique visits)
You need to submit in those 3 sites articles one by one, because spam filter somehow work between these sites, I mean if all three pages are open you need to refresh page to get valid CAPTCHA numbers.
42. Net.Tutplus (550 unique visits)
43. Vector.Tutplus (538 unique visits)
I will add here constantly new websites I will find or our readers will suggest and test it myself so I can drop out worthless sites out and put great websites higher in main list.
49. AnimHut (right sidebar)
50. PSDVibe (right sidebar)
53. DesignInformer (right sidebar)
If you know more VALUABLE promotional sites or links, where we could submit articles, let us know and I’ll consider about showcasing that site as well here!