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How To Become a Power User on Digg in One Week

written by John Chow on March 20, 2008

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This post was guest blogged by Aditya Mahesh of BlogOnExpo, a social media site for “Make Money Online” and “Make Money Blogging” articles.

Zero to 500,000 in 40 Days

My site received 500,000 page views within 40 days. This is not a well established site that I have spend years working on or already have backlinks and traffic sources in place. It is a new site that I promoted heavily on social media sites, especially The following article will show you how I became a power user in Digg and successfully drove traffic to my sites using the social media site.

I first spent a few days looking over the structure of and how stories are promoted to the homepage. Then, I found the perfect way to get 50% of my submissions to the homepage without breaking any of Digg’s TOS or even being unethical.

Shouting To Diggers

First, I would write a story that I thought would do well on Digg. This was usually a tech related story or something funny/strange/interesting. After I had my post submitted to Digg, I would use the shout feature to send the story to 100 of my Digg friends. These friends were the Digg users who digg hundreds of stories a day and look at everything. When you “shout” a story to these diggers, they digg it most of the time. I became friends with a number of these “big diggers” as well as a few other users who I shared content with and had developed a relationship. Then it became very simple. They would send me stories and I would send them stories using the Digg “shout feature. We would all digg only the stories we found interesting (not every story I received).

*SideNote: Its very important to note here that you ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY CANNOT SPAM. DO NOT send more than a shout or two a day and do not shout anything promotional in nature. Only shout quality content that Digg users like from a wide variety of websites (not just your own). If you Spam, everything you submit will be buried.

Don’t Just Summit Your Own Stories

However, because I submitted stories from dozens of sites (including my own) and the content I submitted interested the audience, every story I submitted received 80+ diggs. Due to the algorithm, my stories often took 120+ Diggs to get to the homepage, and I reached this figure about 50% of the time. Whats more is that because I submitted interesting stories, my submissions often were the top submissions of the day driving 50,000+ unique visitors.

It is really that simple. To sum it up: Submit Quality Content, Make Friends of Digg, Send and Receive Shouts, and if you submit quality stories from all over the web instead of acting like a marketer only submitting your stories, you will do well.

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SEO Love March 20, 2008 at 3:53 pm

It’s a nice technique but it takes times to hunt for original stories and submit them.

Hannah March 21, 2008 at 8:31 am

Yes, but it’s not through doing nothing and spending 30 seconds on a website that you’re going to find yourself with 500 000 new pageviews.

Aaron at March 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Great post Aditya.

If you feel free to share…

What per visitor or per page view value did you get from those visits?

Eastwood March 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

you gotta know how to please the digg crowd though!

Robert March 20, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Yes, and that takes some unique talent. It seems like the Digg crown diggs either the popular current event of the day OR something really wacky and weird.

Art of Webhosting - Jeremy March 21, 2008 at 3:00 am

Getting on the front page of Digg is not that easy as a newbie. At least that’s what I think. :D Btw there are some really weird stories on Digg. :D

alam March 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Will give it a try, thanks :wink:

Blogging Experiment March 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

The title of this post is misleading. You mention that you’d developed relationships with top diggers and that takes more than a single week.

SEO Optimization March 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm

To some people it comes naturally to create relationship (yeah fast and interesting talkers with great spirit is what I mean). In either case, the article makes sense it is indeed a good strategy, but as Ben takes a bit longer then just a week maybe.

Syed Balkhi March 21, 2008 at 4:41 am

agreed … It does take longer than a week because you have to get the right type of people to be your friends.

Albert March 21, 2008 at 11:21 am

I agree. It’s kind of hard to form relationships on Digg because many top users close themselves to shouts, so how else are you supposed to contact them?

wisdom March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I haven’t really tried this. Thanks for the heads up I’ll have to look into it.

Aaron at March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I found that once I bought new Dell XPS laptops for the top 100 Digg users my posts seemed to rank more highly.

SiteHoppers March 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm
SiteHoppers March 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

no diggs, no bullshit,

here’s my site:

If you can do that with digg, this is a great post, if you can’t, John, can we get some better “guest bloggers” here?

Really, we are not stupid here.

3magin8 March 20, 2008 at 6:01 pm

this is something i have to try!
I never use Digg for some reason :p

Mayank Rocks March 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm

What was the need to plug in the site? :shock:

justin March 20, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I thought John had gotten banned from Digg ? Didn’t he write a post on that ?

Mayank Rocks March 20, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Yeah. I think he is banned. :(

Robert March 20, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Hhmm, still seems like a load of work because you have to send other stories that people will be interested in. That means you have to surf the net and find interesting, strange, or tech things that people will read and digg.

Start Blogging March 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Pretty bland article, should have gone a bit more in depth I believe.

Mayank Rocks March 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I think it was short and compact and carried the views as well as tips pretty well.

Syed Balkhi March 21, 2008 at 4:33 am

bah .. I wanted the names of the people who are frequent diggers :p

Hannah March 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

Hahaha! It’s funny how when you give people valuable information they are never satisfied. On a network I blog on for Real Estate (related to one of my other sites) I posted about viral marketing and got about 10 e-mails from people asking me “hey can you give me ideas for what is a good viral marketing idea to get me more clients????”

JGirl4You March 20, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Great post mr. Chow ! Thanks for the advice ! I’ll try to do that with by blog.

Tony March 20, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I heard there’s no money from digg crowd. Is it true?

More likely crashed site/server from “digg effect”

SiteHoppers March 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Well, as long as you can handle the traffic, meaning you have a dedicated server with lots of caching, you will make money but it’s true that digg users don’t click much as your regular internet users.

Neil Duckett March 20, 2008 at 7:23 pm

This sort of a post should be backed up with some graphical data and the method used is extremely hit and miss, there’s no merit in it whatsoever.

SiteHoppers March 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

yeah, there’s no reply for the stats i asked about, probably a “dreamer”

Syed Balkhi March 21, 2008 at 4:45 am

agreed it would establish alot of credibility to the author if it was backed up with stats.

AhTim March 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I’ve experienced the traffics of social media last week! :smile:

–blog for dream–

Affiliate Confession March 20, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Excellent info, I’ve been trying to figure out Digg for months. I’ll have to put this to the test.

Syed Balkhi March 21, 2008 at 4:34 am

yeah Alan, this works for sure. I have been doing it for a while now and it has been working like a charm.

Aditya March 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Neil Duckett March 20, 2008 at 10:27 pm

That doesn’t show anything more than an increase in reach over a given period. The page views don’t reflect the numbers quoted above.

Lets have a look at some analytics stats or similar.

SiteHoppers March 21, 2008 at 9:24 am

Yeah, that’s not digg, check out this stats:

The first spike for, THATS called DIGG.

That was about 2 years ago when got digged for the first time, I am sure the spike is a lot bigger now.

Wade Shuler March 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

It is something to give a shot. At least use different little techniques. I don’t recommend putting tons of time into one thing. As JC has said before, “Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket”. Even if you get a few thousand people to see it, it is worth it.

Ditto Rahmat March 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Hi Aditya,

You mentioned that you usually digg tech related news or funny stories. Does your method works on other niches?

Sorry for the newbie comments, since that what I am :smile:

Affiliate Confession March 21, 2008 at 5:35 am

I imagine it would work for any Digg related category.

nis March 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm

this is not real deal.
Whatever he is doing is not legitimate…

Know The Ledge March 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm

How effective is Digg at providing long term readers? I know it has a lot to do with the quality of your site and how well it aligns with the Digg readers’ interests, but just in general how well has Digg traffic translated into regular readers?

Joseph March 20, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Didn’t know digg could generate so much traffic.

Mayank Rocks March 20, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Digg generated enormous traffic for many sites. And with the help of that traffic, john chow also got plenty of subscribers.!

L. Ron Hubbard March 20, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Good article but why bother with Digg? So many of them are AdBlock-using, WoW-addicted geeks who hate anything even remotely commercial.

Should be called “How to get lots of worthless traffic in one week.”

Affiliate Confession March 21, 2008 at 6:01 am

Except for the fact that they did purchase a copy of WoW. So soome of them do spend money.

ElectroGeek March 20, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I agree Digg is a great way to build traffic. A good portion of my traffic comes from Digg which is amazing. It is however tough to write a unique and interesting post on a daily basis which will get to the front page. Not impossible I’ve done it, you can to.

Random crap blog March 20, 2008 at 9:05 pm

I dugg it :D

kashif March 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

This has also worked for me but like you said the story has to be interesting and not entirely promotional . I received a surge in traffic from digg which I had never experienced before .

Dave from Welcome Back Rosenthal March 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Hmmmmm.. I’ve spent about 3 months submitting stories and I think maybe I’ve gotten 10 diggs at most. And the nature of my submissions is pretty diverse. I also have only about 75 friends that do receive shouts (of my maybe 600 friends). What I do get is loooooonnnggg term daily hits from digg for like my weird stories like my half man half tree piece. But otherwise no giant leaps in traffic that have crashed a server.

Niro March 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Hmmm john.. well pretty common article I guess… Not new to us though.. :roll:

Mayank Rocks March 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Wow. Thanks. Great Tip. The friends thing is so important. It will come top if they digg.

Manpreet Singh March 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

I hope John I’m not wrong but I found a mistake You worte in last para Don’t Just Summit Your Own Stories I think it should be Submit instead of Summit.

Hence overall a nice article

Mike Huang March 21, 2008 at 12:05 am

The guest poster’s blog seems sooo much like a SPLOG…, but it’s not :???:


Syed Balkhi March 21, 2008 at 4:32 am

I use this trick very often and have to agree yes it works…

Albert March 21, 2008 at 7:16 am

Can’t people just say they don’t like it and then not pay?

Bibokz March 21, 2008 at 9:00 am

Nice strategies… Do you think it will work much better in StumbleUpon?

matt March 21, 2008 at 9:40 am

digg traffic is usless, a complete waste of bandwidth!

eGirlHelp March 21, 2008 at 11:58 am

Uh, how do you ‘Shout’ to friends?

eGirlHelp March 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

How do I shout?

natespost March 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Love the advice! I need to make some Digg friends. Any friends would be nice, but definetely need some Digg friends!

Young Online Millionaire March 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Excellent article but I tend to agree that it will take more than a week to gain quality friendships that will be beneficial for the long term. Either way, good info. Thank you.

Princess Leia March 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm

I recently made friends with a Digger that sent me like 10 shouts a day. It pizzed me off. I ended up turning my shouts off.

wwattcha March 22, 2008 at 10:39 am

Digg traffic makes you no money they are all banner blind your better off spending your time developing another strategy for getting high quality traffic. I had 180,000 hit from digg in one day and made 45 bucks. :neutral:

PS I love digg!

unnikuttan March 22, 2008 at 1:41 pm

very good information.

shyam March 31, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Its really an interesting way,goona try this out very soon and get loads of traffic from