5 Niche Social Media Sites for Web Designers

Social media can be a huge source of traffic, but making it to the front page of a major site like Digg is difficult, and the traffic is not usually as targeted as many other forms of traffic. For these reasons niche social media sites are a great solution. While traffic volume may not be as high, it will be much more targeted and it’s more realistic that your submissions will be noticed.

If you are a web designer, there are a number of niche sites that you should be aware of. Here are five with a brief description of each.

1. DZone

Dzone

DZone is a community of web developers and software developers, and it probably provides the most technical content of any of the sites listed here. As the largest community listed, DZone also has the potential to send more traffic than any of the others.

How it works:

  • You create an account.
  • Users can submit a link to an article that is development-related.
  • Members can vote up or down for the articles.
  • Anyone can subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Currently, there are over 9,000 subscribers to the feed of popular links.
  • Currently, there are over 1,000 subscribers to the feed of new links.

A submitted link doesn’t need to get that many votes in order to be made popular, but votes don’t come easily. The content is highly targeted, and anything non-developer related will be shot down and probably deleted. If one of your links makes it to the front page (and gets sent out to the 9,000+ subscribers) you can easily receive 500 or more visitors in a day. The DZone community seems to include a large number of del.icio.us users as I have had several posts rack up bookmarks and make it to the front page of del.icio.us immediately following traffic from DZone.


2. CSS Globe

CSS Globe

CSS Globe is not a typical social media site where members vote on submissions. It specializes in web standards and design-related content.

How it works:

  • Members create an account (have to be approved).
  • Members can submit links with brief descriptions.
  • The links go out to CSS Globes RSS subscribers.

So essentially CSS Globe is more of a user-controlled blog than a social media website. But it sends links with descriptions rather than full blog posts. Links can receive as much as 200 or more visitors in a day from CSS Globe. Actually, this week I’ve had over 400 visitors in a day from CSS Globe. If you have quality design-related content and a good headline, CSS Globe is easy traffic.

3. Pixel Groovy

Pixel Groovy

Pixel Groovy is a user-controlled tutorial directory. Topics include CSS, PHP, JavaScript, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more.

How it works:

  • Members create an account.
  • Members submit links to tutorials/articles.
  • Submissions are voted up and down by users.

Pixel Groovy’s RSS feed currently has over 1200 subscribers. I’m not sure how much traffic it sends to top stories because I have not used it very much.

4. Design Float

Design Float

Design Float is a Digg-Style social media site that focuses on design related content, as opposed to Digg’s general approach.

How it works:

  • Members create accounts.
  • Members can submit links and vote (actually “float”) on other submissions.
  • Much like Digg, users can add friends.
  • Top stories are posted on the front page.

I’ve submitted to articles to Design Float and been pleasantly surprised with the results (100 – 200 visitors to each). It appears to be an up-and-coming community for designers.

5. DevelopersNiche

DevelopersNiche

Like Design Float, DevelopersNiche is a Digg-style site, with a niche focus. It works exactly the same as Design Float, so I won’t re-write that information. DevelopersNiche is the smallest community of the sites listed here and will send the least amount of traffic. However, that means it is easier to get your submissions to the front page and get a little bit of exposure.

If you know of any other social media sites in this niche please leave a link in the comments.

EDIT: You can add Design Bump and Design Related to this list.

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  • Lee, October 11, 2007

    Great list!

    Thanks

  • Vandelay Design, October 11, 2007

    Lee,
    Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you liked the list.

  • Karen Zara, October 12, 2007

    It’s a pity I’m not a designer. :( Otherwise I’d be putting this list to use right now. If only I had the time to study and learn all this web design thing…

  • Karthik, October 12, 2007

    Steven, that reminds me, I’d done some looking around to find out if there were any SNWs in my “niche” – I didn’t have a lot of luck though, would you know any places to look at offhand?

  • Tay, October 12, 2007

    Thank you! This is very helpful. :)

  • Felix Ker, October 12, 2007

    Pretty useful site to discover new pages/sites!

  • Tim Wall, October 12, 2007

    Thanks for this list. As marketing director for a web company I am always on the lookout for more sites like these. I had not heard of all of these so thanks for bringing them out.

  • Vandelay Design, October 12, 2007

    Karthik,
    I’ve found a few from time to time by visiting forums. Find some forums in your niche, do a search of past posts and leave a new one if you don’t find anything. Talking to other people in the niche is a good way since they are most likely to know. You could email other bloggers maybe.

    Tay, Felix, and Tim,
    I’m glad this list will be helpful to you all.

  • Sell Website, October 12, 2007

    Pretty good list there. I’m definitely forwarding your site to my friend, he could really use this info. Awesome.

  • jaux, October 13, 2007

    Nice list.

    I found myself visited DZone much more than Digg after I fist met it. It makes more sense to me, as a CS student, than Digg.

    People don’t like to comment on it, though. Maybe because developers prefer coding and reading to speaking ;)

  • Vandelay Design, October 13, 2007

    Jaux,
    Thanks for visiting and reading. Yes, I like the targeted traffic from Dzone. You’re right, it doesn’t seem to generate comments though.

  • goyin, October 14, 2007

    I like the photoshop tutorials from pixelgroovy. Each mini tutorial is like a new little nugget to have under my belt.

  • Frank C, October 14, 2007

    DZone is great for bringing in software development traffic. On my .NET related blog I’ve had days where I’ve gotten over 1000 views from DZone. General or controversial topics bring the most traffic while nuts-and-bolts articles will provide less traffic although it will be more sticky.

    DotNetKicks is a great social media site for .NET developers. While it doesn’t get the traffic of DZone it’s audience is highly targeted on development with Microsoft products.

  • Vandelay Design, October 14, 2007

    Frank,
    Thanks for mentioning DotNetKicks. I’m compiling a list of social networks, so I’ll be sure to add that one.

  • Christine OKelly, October 14, 2007

    Great post ~

    I just got a link on a health social media site called http://v.mercola.com/blogs/ and it generated about 1000 visits to my site and currently has 1746 hits to post on Mercola. There’s no way to add your post to the site, but emailing Dr. Mercola – the site owner with a related post may result in a placement!

  • Vandelay Design, October 14, 2007

    Hi Christine,
    Thanks for clicking through on my comment at your blog. I’m glad to hear that a niche site has brought some targeted traffic to you. I’ll have to add that site to a list I’m compiling.

  • Acopic - Web Designers, October 15, 2007

    Hey. Thanks for that. CSS Globe looks cool.

  • Rick, October 15, 2007

    Although it is watered down with amateur art and anime. I think Deviantart.com is still a great source for feedback on projects and also finding inspiration…

  • Vandelay Design, October 15, 2007

    Acopic,
    I really like CSS Globe, try it out sometime.

    Rick,
    That’s true. I haven’t really used it, by I’ve heard others say the same thing. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Cole Haan, October 16, 2007

    Out of these 5 I am use Dzone for a while, and it so have nice amount of traffic to send your way. I will also try your other recommendations, Thanks!

  • Jenny, October 17, 2007

    Awesome list. I’m off to look at all the sites.

  • Anna Vester, November 5, 2007

    Great Links, thanks for those. I have never heard of DevelopersNiche website, it looks like it will be a very interesting one. Thanks again!

  • Ah my goddess, November 20, 2007

    Thanks for the links, I was using DZone before but I like the other sites too, especially Pixel Groovy.

  • Vandelay Design, November 20, 2007

    Yeah, DZone is probably the most well know on the list. Pixel Groovy is nice because there’s also some graphic design content as well.

  • Rachel Goldstein, December 18, 2007

    Great list. I just launched a Digg-like site for designers called Design Sites Up. My favorite on this list above is Design Float, I’m on there every day.

    Thanks.
    Rachel

  • matt, December 29, 2007

    Don’t forget about design:related™ ;)

  • Herrmann, January 2, 2008

    perfect to notify !

  • idesigner, January 3, 2008

    styleignite.com is also worth a look

  • TheDogsBloggers.info, March 3, 2008

    Some Top tools will be sure to check out. Many Thanks

  • peri oyunları, March 9, 2008

    designrelated looks cool

  • enfopedia, March 16, 2008

    thanks for the article, i use dzone as well and i love it.

  • Erwin, June 16, 2008

    Very helpful. Thx.

  • Kredi, July 24, 2008

    Very nice article, all of them are bookmarked on del.icio.us :)

  • Mobde3, July 24, 2008

    good article , helpful!

    my best social site current now its Design Float.

  • Stephen Cronin, July 24, 2008

    Hi Steven,

    I’ve recently gotten into Design Float and DZone (and I rediscovered your blog through there too).

    I’ll have to try the other three. Cheers.

  • Stephen Cronin, July 24, 2008

    Actually, some of these are a little stale.

    The latest published item on Developer’s Niche is 129 days old and the latest upcoming is 14 days old.

    With Pixel Groove, the last published items are 252 days old. The Groove (upcoming) section has something from within the last hour, but the feed to the Groove section throws a FeedBurner error. There’s also a lot of spam (the last entry is about locating mortgage rates in Oakland, Ohio!).

    Probably not worth worrying about these two.

  • Banka Kredileri, August 29, 2008

    thanks for the article, i use dzone as well and i love it.

  • Utah SEO, September 8, 2008

    I had never heard of these. I am going to check them out

  • aaydin, January 31, 2009

    Very nice article, all of them are bookmarked on del.icio.us

  • 4design, July 15, 2009

    Very nice list of Social Media Sites for Web Designers. The only question is: Is registration free everywhere, or anywhere there is a fee, or on invitations?

  • Build Solar, November 18, 2009

    that is awesome i will be checking these out! thanks.

    SirNicoalus

  • James, November 24, 2009

    Really its a nice list. I will take my time to visit the sites and see which ones I will invest my time on.

  • Anam, November 29, 2009

    Thanks for this list. As marketing director for a web company I am always on the lookout for more sites like these. I had not heard of all of these so thanks for bringing them out.

  • Download Photoshop, February 27, 2010

    For me the most suitable Design Float, try to use. Some more specialized social networks are there? For example, a network for designers interested in banner ads.

  • Utah Seo Inc, March 4, 2010

    I can’t believe I haven’t used these sites yet, thanks for letting me know to get started.

  • inyourgrill, June 2, 2010

    what a great resource

  • Daveido, March 20, 2011

    Great post! Thanks, I’ve been looking for something like this for a while! I’ll definately try the last three. I wonder how hard is it to get to the headline on CSSGlobe. Maybe I’ll try that also.

  • EasyAzon, July 1, 2013

    I seriously never heard of this sites until now! I will go check it out! Thanks.