Although I have been a member of Digg for a long time, I have not been using it. I decided to research how to use the site and its features effectively and I found a recent blog post that fits the bill nicely called: Build traffic with Digg that I’d like to share with my readers. I also found two others that are topical and you will find them below under references.
What follows is only an brief summary please refer to the post linked to above for more detailed information.
How it works
Digg dot com is social bookmarking community where a great number of bloggers meet to read posts and “digg” their articles to get more visitors to their blogs. The website and it maintains credibility by using a “voting” process . The better the article submitted is the more diggs it gets and, the best of all appear on the front pages. If you’re not member of Digg yet you can register now.
If you have a post that you think could hit the front page on Digg, you can notify other blogger friends and ask for their support in advance. Once you submit the post for listing, you can use shout-outs to encourage others to digg your article within the first 15 – 20 minutes of listing. Also note that by posting the Digg button on your wordpress.com posts you make it easier for others to digg your article.
The right stuff
The important things to consider when assessing whether or not you should submit a post to Digg include:
- submit only original well written content
- include exceptionally good images
- well written technical, tutorials and how to posts tend to fare better than others
A word to the wise
In 2006 randfish wrote “Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg’s HomePage Content”
“At Digg, a very select group of users is dominating the popular homepage content. Far from being a mass of opinion, Digg is instead showing, primarily, the content opinions of just a few, select folks.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with this – it’s not a secret or a problem and it isn’t hurting Digg’s popularity, reputation or importance. But, it is something that many folks who use the site don’t realize and many marketers or folks attempting to use it to promote their content should be aware of. Like the college frathouse, it pays to know the right people at Digg.”
SearchRank made five suggestions on social media friendliness that may help you be Dugg in a big way.
1. Remove Blog Name and/or Sections From Title: all you need is the title of the post.
2. Include Appealing Descriptions (Stay Within Character Limitations): if you want to practice writing tighter copy, and you should, sign up for Twitter and practice summarizing your post in 140 characters, including a link.
3. Submit to the Most Relevant Category (Avoid Multiples if Allowed): stay on topic; to be specific, stay on one topic.
4. Stay Within The Topic of the Social News Site: SearchRank noted how sites like Sphinn and Small Business Brief cater to a dedicated niche. Your submission to these sites should do likewise. At bigger sites like Digg, keep to the most relevant category.
5. Will Others Find Your Submission of Interest? Boring only gets clicked when the facts are truly staggering; think about the recent revelations about major leaguer Roger Clemens and his friendship with country singer Mindy McBride.