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How To Get A Story To The Digg Front Page

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I am sure many people know of the traffic-driving and link-buildling benefits that the efficient use of Digg can produce. In case you don’t know, in my case I have been able to drive from 600 to over 1.6 million pageviews and generate from 8 to over 700 editorially placed links pointing to sites that I have promoted to the Digg front page.

My first objective on the site was to communicate and get my profile known by other active users. In my mind, I told myself, “I was going to learn how to promote stories on this platform no matter what.” I quickly found out you should first promote other people’s work to get noticed. Then you have many ways of driving traffic to your platforms. It is easier to promote sites that have made the front page of Digg.com than newer web properties. Sites which are frequently promoted to the front page of Digg.com require less votes – Diggs – to make it. Further, sites are classified as mainstream publications such as the New York Times, Adweek, Washington Post are easier to promote. There are two reasons why you stand to benefit by promoting stories published on these sites:

  1. You can easily get your Digg profile befriended by other users.
  2. You can get to know writers and stakeholders of those publications that may later help you promote one of your web properties or help you in other ways; I have gotten client referrals, invitations to speaking engagements, jobs and more.

Other Digg users will want to befriend your profile when you reach the front page of Digg because their profiles receive more exposure when they Digg your story. People will be able to see their avatars on the Digg Who Dugg This? page; as per my social media policy, this documented activity creates a point of exposure – the first point of adoption in The Social Trinity on which the policy is based. You want active diggers to befriend your profile, so they could Digg your stories when you submit them. The first step I took was visit a tool that was built using the Digg API that told you which users were digging other active users’ submissions; I would query the Digg Dalai Lama, my good friend, MrBabyMan. Today, you could visit Friendstatistics.com and query a popular user such as MrBabyMan or another user you see whose submissions frequently reach the front page of Digg, like me. You will see all the Digg users who Dugg on the queried user’s submissions. For some users you will see who dugg up to their last 20 submissions, for others you will see who dugg up to their last 10. You want to befriend users who dugg most of the queried users’ – i.e. MrBabyMan – submissions whether it’s 10 or 20 stories. Each user can see who Dugg their last 10 stories; however, if you follow Friendstatistics on Twitter, it will allow you to see who dugg your last 20 submissions. The more influential a user is, the more users you will see who Digg their last 10 or 20 stories. You don’t have to do this on the first day, however, your ultimate objective is to befriend about 150 diggers and digg one to two of their submissions daily. I say one to two of their submissions because Digg has a limit as to how many submissions you could Digg on a daily basis. I perform this activity in a total of about 30 minutes time. Your objective can be met in about a month or less investing this amount of time on the platform.

Your friends’ submissions will appear on the friends’ submissions page. You will see your friends’ submission page typing http://digg.com/users/[your username]/friends/submissions into your favorite browser’s address bar. I subscribe to this page’s RSS feed and open up stories from Google reader. Once you click on one story holding down the Command button on a Mac or the CTRL button a PC, the story will load up in a neighboring tab and the next story moves up; it’s an assembly line of Diggs. You want to identify those users who submit more than twice a day. You only want to Digg a maximum of 2 stories per user, so you don’t run out of Diggs and can’t support as many of your friends as possible. You do this by subscribing to those multiple-submitting friends’ RSS feeds; visit the users submissions page by typing: http://digg.com/users/[typeusernamehere]/history/submissions You will still appear among diggers who Dugg most of that user’s submissions on Friendstatistics, and, if he is an active user, he’ll typically Digg you back. Digg only allows you to Digg about 200 to 250 stories. Once you reach your Digg limit a message pop ups stopping you from Digging any further for about 24 hours.

A Digger will typically query her own username on Friendstatistics to see which Diggers are digging on her stories. They want to know who is digging on their stories, so they can continue to Digg those people’s stories. They also want to see which diggers are not digging their stories, so they could stop digging their stories. Friendstatistics lists Diggers who don’t Digg your stories as Deadbeat Diggers at the bottom of the search results. You don’t want to waste Diggs on deadbeat diggers.

After about a week of digging content, you want to submit a url to Digg, so you could see how many Diggs you get to a story. Initially you will find that you will get the same amount of Diggs as the number of ‘active’ users you have befriended. So if you have befriended 20 ‘active’ users who reciprocate support – Digg on each other’s stories – you can expect 20 to 40 Diggs on your story. The more Diggs you get from reciprocal support the more Diggs you will get from the rest of the community. This is because as you get more Diggs your story is promoted to more popular sections of the site such as the most Dugg upcoming section, and it is exposed to other users of the community. You should first study the popular section of Digg, which is the Digg front page – the 3rd degree of adoption in the Social Trinity: study popular sections of the digital network. Some factors of stories that have a good chance of being promoted to popularity constitute the following:

You can find domains that frequently make the front page of Digg by visiting Di66.net. You could view a list of domains which most frequently make the front page over a 24 hr to 365 day period. I would submit content from domains that most frequently made the front page of Digg over a 7-day period. Such domains are easier to promote as it takes less Diggs for them to make the front page or popular section of Digg. Mind you, social networks want to be associated with mainstream brands; it gives them credence. Remember, the more you promote stories, the easier it is going to be for people to befriend you because you will help expose their profile. Another way to get somebody to befriend your profile is to simply communicate with them through a form of private contact, which constitutes the second degree of adoption of the Social Trinity: identify points of private contact.

Once every submission generates 100 to 150 Diggs, more people will befriend your profile and Digg your submissions. If you work at it your profile can be built to generate more than 200 Diggs on almost every URL you submit. With this level of influence I have been able to promote my client’s sites, such as I noted on my social media strategy I used to drive 1.3 million pageviews to a microsite, which made up to $90k in ad revenue in 4 days.

A good proportion of Digg users constitute bloggers and active social media users of other platforms. Once you promote a story to the front page of Digg, your submission is exposed to this user base of publishers seeking great stories to feature on their sites and digital profiles. Thus Digg is a great link-building platform that can significantly boost your exposure on the search engines. You could facilitate this process by adding targeted keywords in your submission’s title. Many publishers will post a link using the title of the story as the anchor text. If you could get 200 organic links with targeted anchor text, you are in a great position to rank for that keyword in the search engines. Some pages will not automatically rank on the first page; however, I have had pages rank on pages 4, 3, 2 and the bottom of the first page of the search engine results that only needed a few more self published links – 20 to 100 -that I have been able to perform with an optimized press release or directory submissions to rank high on page one for competitive terms. Another link-building tactic is to promote stories for other websites on Digg to develop relationships with publishers. A publisher to whom you have sent hundreds of thousands or even tens of thousands of visitors will be very likely to post a link to your site using any anchor text you want. Over my entire 7-year career as a internet marketer, I have helped companies close a few million dollars in sales and donations by generating the leads for those sales through search engine traffic driven through the aforesaid link-building practices.

Neal Rodriguez features social media marketing tactics he has been able employ to his and clients monetary benefit on nealrodriguez.com.

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{ 139 comments }

Dino Vedo July 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

If someone with a huge DIGG following diggs your post, than more than likely it will go pretty high up there in the DIGG database, but if I do it myself, it usually doesn’t go anywhere.

So its definitely important to build your DIGG following first before even wasting your time doing it yourself…

Ewen Chia follower July 3, 2010 at 3:25 am

What if im starting from the scratch? When i can get lets say 100 000 pageviews? How long can this take according this mettod in article?

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

hi Ewen; it initially took me longer to build my following; however, i went through a hiatus of several months without activity on Digg and managed to build my following back in less than a month using the methods I list in the article. mind you, I did have a foundation from my previous activity, however, I have seen the same results with other people’s accounts who have built a community from scratch.

Thanks for checking it out.

Salesfist July 7, 2010 at 7:48 am

Sounds promising.

Bidet July 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I agree, having your article on the front page of digg will sure bring more traffic.

Dev @ Make Money Blogging July 3, 2010 at 6:49 am

Yeah, I have to agree with you first we need to have a good targeted digg followers. Thanks

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Digg or Twitter both have same story if you want to maximise the benefit of it.

Lee Ka Hoong July 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I believe that Facebook goes the same as well. I’m poor in social marketing, I’m going to find out more and learn it.

Bidet July 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Yes for both of them you need followers in order to get the max out of them.

Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek July 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

Awesome tip – thanks Dino.

I’ve never been a big Digg user, but this post really makes me want to get more into it. Seems like I’ve been missing out.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

thanks for checking it out, Eric. it is really a great digital asset you could use to drive traffic to your own web properties and build relationships with people who run websites to which you drive traffic.

d3so July 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

Thanks for bringing this up Dino.
I would just digg my own posts and leave it up to luck to see if it gets any attention.
But building a following is something that can help tremendously.

Caleb aka Weez July 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

It has been said that digging your own posts is frowned upon, but we gotta get in somehow

Bidet July 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I would do the same thing, so much goes into digg and theres so many things you can do to improve your chances.

ffl license July 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

It does open your eyes to the potential of digg doesn’t it?

Expert Marketing Reviews July 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Building your DIgg following base is something you must do if you want to get that huge exposure factor. The only problem is that takes some time.

Gotta love social media. The more friends you make, the more you get rewarded.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

absolutely; thanks for your feedback, Dino; as on any other social media platform, you definitely want to network with other active users and build a community before trying to extract value.

Gary David | Build Your List Fast July 4, 2010 at 12:51 am

I agree. Just like in list building, we have to build our subscribers list first before we can do anything by ourselves. Without a list, we don’t have instant traffic. Once we have huge followers, we can do whatever we want and get instant traffic.

Shanker Bakshi July 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

Thats also true in case of StubleUpon, If a Power Stumbler Stumble your post then it is likely to bring huge traffic to your blog.

Web Yazilim Tasarim July 6, 2010 at 2:43 am

I didn’t know it had that kind of effect on diggs Dino. Thanks for mentioning it :)

Sohail July 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Great article Neal. Digg’s new features look promising and make it possible to get good traffic without making it to the home page if you have large network of friends.
I don’t use digg any more. For me, SU is better where you get traffic even having a few stumbles. lets see how new features in digg change the way it works

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

thank you for reading, Sohail. you are right; the new Digg appears to be more Twitter-like, as everything you Digg will be spread to your following; however, there is a section on new.digg.com called Top News that will publish stories that are promoted to popularity. i am not sure if the Top News page will constitute the Digg homepage, so I guess they are testing how much traffic it receives as a tab as opposed to the first page a person sees when surfing to Digg.

frog July 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I never try with Digg. Now I change my mind

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

thank you for reading, frog; welcome with open arms ;)

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

We all try but with such depth analysis, few of us.

Thanks to Neal.

Web Yazilim Tasarim July 6, 2010 at 6:59 am

Really lovely one Neal :) Thanks!

ffl license July 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Astonishing 90k in 4 days from Digg to a microsite. A good idea, ten dollars on a domain name and a days work on the site and 90k!!! Amazing.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

thank you for reading, ffl license; well the microsite took a few weeks to build; the traffic that generated $90K, however, was driven in less than 4 days.

ffl license July 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

Glad you replied. Even for a few weeks that is a fantastic return.

Expert Marketing Reviews July 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

That is absolutely ridiculous! The real question is… will you be able to beat the $90k?

Bidet July 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Thats a crazy amount in just 4 days. Its amazing what power Digg has.

ffl license July 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Actually if you took the exact process you used for that 4 day revenue system and sold it as an e-book to unenlightened internet marketers like myself you would probably generate another 90k but in about 4 hours!!!

Alex Whinfield July 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I completely agree :P

d3so July 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

I bet you anything that someone from the underground already did it ;)
I’m thinking about doing it myself *evil smile*

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

great idea, ffl license; i teach a course on SEO and social media engagement at the MediaBistro employing some of the techniques I wrote here; and I am definitely putting together a more thorough training package in the near future. thnx for the feedback.

ffl license July 4, 2010 at 5:01 am

Keep us here updated for the new training package, I would say you already have a few converts.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Yes Neal you are always welcome here in John’s commentator community.

We will be regular visitor of your blog as well.

neal rodriguez July 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

thank you, ZK and ffl; appreciate the support; and i’ll stay abreast.

ffl license July 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm

In fact on second thoughts why don’t you write another article about your process. I am sure every other reader and commenter here would agree with me! Pretty please with cherries and chocolate sauce and fudge and hundreds and thousands sprinkled on top!!!

Nabeel | Create Your First Website July 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Yeah I agree. It would be great if you could tell us the process for that 4 day revenue system.

Nabeel

Fique July 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Wow..1655 words. Superb details explanation..Thanks for sharing :)

Email List Building July 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Yes , I agree that the post is one of the best on Digg I’ve ever read.

Using Digg can obviously pay off if one does it correctly and devotes a great deal of time to it.

Thanks for sharing Neal.

Vance

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

thank you, Vance; you are right initially you put some time into learning how to network; however, once you understand what it takes to build that following, as I noted in the article, I devote about 30 to 40 minutes on Digg; digging my friends’ articles and submitting a good story.

if i have some f off time; i’ll sometimes just enjoy the pics of pregnant women balancing wine bottles on their stomach.

Expert Marketing Reviews July 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

Don’t you think outsourcing this time spent building up your social networks would be a better bang for your buck?

Or do you truly just enjoy surfing around digg?

It can be addicting…

Caleb aka Weez July 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

That probably depends on your budget..

ffl license July 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I agree Vance an excellent post with great detail, easy to understand concepts and a sound business model anyone can act on.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

my pleasure, Fique; thank you for reading.

Keyla Hendrik July 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It’s great story. Now, I begin to really understand how to use digg. Thank you.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

thank you, Keyla, for reading; i’m glad i could help;

PPC Ian July 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm

To be honest, I thought digg was a thing of the past, especially with the current popularity of Facebook at Twitter. This article changed my mind and I’m looking forward to learning more about digg.
Best,
Ian

d3so July 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

Stumbleupon, digg , and the others are still great sources for traffic.

PPC Ian July 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Stumbleupon is another one I need to add to my list!

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

thank you for reading, d3so;

you’re right! these are platforms to which the mainstream is not paying attention. what’s great about Digg is that many of their users are also on stumbleupon and reddit and twitter and facebook. i had a story receive 25k views from stumbleupon after making the front page of digg; you get a good proportion of the thousands of visitors you get supporting your content on other platforms; so you could rack up hundreds of tweets, stumbles, upvotes; it’s cross-pollination mayhem.

Expert Marketing Reviews July 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I’m a big fan of Stumbleupon more than Digg. The quality of traffic is much better on Stumble.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

thank you for reading, PPC Ian;

i deem Digg as one of the hardest traffic drivers, link building distributors, and powerful networking tools; if you have content appropriate for their community, you should definitely not ignore it. as an example, that mashup to which i drove over 1.3 million pageviews got the attention of ashton kutchter and he tweeted it out:

Neal’s Ashton Kutcher Tweet

d3so July 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

I’ve found easy success with reddit, you just need to choose your keywords correctly.

neal rodriguez July 5, 2010 at 9:41 am

reddit also has some serious driving potential; i used to push content on reddit; but i find that as long you don’t have an account with any filters/penalties, and your content is appropriate for the community you’ve got a great shot of success.

Email List Building July 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

I was thinking in similar fashion but what Neal writes here is a pretty good proof that sometimes the most popular things divert attention from what also works very well.

I too will have a very close look at Digg and try to implement what Neal has been doing.

Vance

hokya July 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

so i need to online on Digg longer than in FaceBook :-)

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

hi hokya; thank you for your reading;

it depends on your objectives; if you have more of your target community on Facebook, you should definitely be on Facebook longer; however, i know people that have built sites that receive over a million pageviews a day built from news aggregation sites like Digg, Stumbleupon and Reddit, and they live off of ad revenue.

Pool Companies July 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I find it so important but it is so difficult to find the time to do all the SEO to i=ones site. How would you recommend finding someone to help you with articles, and Ive seen people talk about using spinners, do you recommend that?

ffl license July 3, 2010 at 4:56 am

I would never use a spinner. you need the content of each article to be unique. Spinning does not fool Google.

Ed | Htmlpress.net July 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thank for the post. It certainly has brought clarity to the social norms of Digg users.

Would adding a Digg button to your blog help as well???

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

thanks for reading, Ed; a digg button may be good once your site has frequently reached the front page of Digg. active users will stay abreast of your updates and compete to submit your content. the drawback is that sometimes inactive users will submit the content, and you wont get many diggs.

you stand to benefit by building an account that has a following, so when you compose a piece appropriate for the community, you could trade a submission with another active user with similar influence; you would submit his story and he would submit yours;

reciprocity is the key to all relationships

Email List Building July 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

I never realized that if inactive users submit your content you won’t get many diggs.

This is very helpful.

neal rodriguez July 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

in some rare cases, inactive accounts may pop a story out of straight organic exposure – one person sees the story and it gets passed around until it gets promoted to popularity. however, it barely happens; i have been more successful networking with the community.

thank you for reading, Email List Building

Web Yazilim Tasarim July 6, 2010 at 7:01 am

Wow Neal… That’s a pretty interesting case!

Nabeel | Create Your First Website July 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

This article certainly shows the power of Digg. I never thought it would be this powerful, but you have to apply certain techniques and steps like mentioned.

How about getting this post to the front page of digg?

Nabeel

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

thank you for reading, Nabeel.

as noted in the article, according to the third level of adoption of the Social Trinity, which is the foundation of the social media policy i have used to help companies make money using social media, you should study popular sections of the digital network on which you wish to launch a campaign; imho, most diggers, which constitute the consumers of the content that mostly read stuff off the front page, don’t like to read what it takes to be a influential user on their site. it is ironic but it is the nature of the beast – each digital community, whether twitter, facebook, the booger-pickin’ forums ;) has its own unique idiosyncrasies; the social trinity teaches us how to understand these quirks and best engage participants to effect business change. that said, i have seen where mainstream publications such as businessweek and adweek post somebody’s success on Digg and make the front page; however, most sites get buried when submitting a marketing article. i believe the innate ability of mainstream publications to reach the front page of Digg and popular sections of other platforms is the administration’s need to be associated with mainstream publications to show off their third party credence; it helps build their community.

neal rodriguez July 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

that said; this article made the front page of sphinn, which is a digital network that works like Digg but for internet marketers: http://sphinn.com/story/153536

Nabeel | Create Your First Website July 8, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hi,

Thanks for replying. I went to sphinn, and it was VERY interesting to read the Sphinn’s Admin/Editor-At-Large (Danny Sullivan) comments:

“This is why I don’t bother with Digg, nor do I find that it makes any sense for people to have Digg buttons on your site. By and large, to be successful at Digg, you have to be a heavy, active user. A drive by submitter seems unlikely to get a story to go hot. A drive by submitter using your Digg button probably does more harm than good. If my job were only to do internet marketing, then I’d invest the time to be working Digg all the time for my site and for other content, to become a power player. But it’s not. That’s just too much time for me. It’s too much time for many people, I’d wager. Instead, when I remember that I should care about Digg, my strategy is more to befriend the power players on Digg. Make sure they know about good content that I have that might help them in their overall efforts. That’s a win-win. I say when I remember, because Search Engine Land pretty much seems to be on Digg’s mythical auto-bury list. Doesn’t matter how good our content is, some idiot or idiot algorithm at Digg ensures it won’t go popular unless the planets are all aligned in a rare moment. I’d love to see more stories about that strategy, because I think it’s more applicable to the majority of people. How do you strike up a relationship with key Diggers and make sure both parties are happy? Of course, for those companies without great content — say businesses and so on — the situation is even worse. Unless you develop some linkbait internally, I think you’re going to have to partner up with a social media company if you want any success on Digg.”

Harshad July 3, 2010 at 1:03 am

I don’t remember reading these tips to get lot of diggs. I am sure this helps.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm

it’s what helped me breathe this far, Harshad; thank you for reading.

Web Yazilim Tasarim July 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’m glad that you benefited from this Neal. I hope everyone can also after this post of yours :)

Irish Garden Home July 3, 2010 at 1:11 am

Excellent and very detailed post, Neal. One piece of info I am missing is how to convert this digg traffic into email subscriptions, ad-clickers or buyers? Just traffic is not enough, it has to be ‘buying traffic’ and in my experience social media like digg give very low ROI when it comes to this. So, why do you think digging is worth the time? SY

ffl license July 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

Catch them with a squeeze page with a free giveaway about the topic and get their email address.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

hi Irish Garden Home; thank you for reading.

as noted in the article i have been able to close a few million in back end sales by the search engine exposure i have been able to acquire using Digg. it is a very efficient link-building tool; link-building comprises the most heavily-weighted factor a search engine gauges to decide which websites to publish on page one of search engine results. my advice is to add targeted keywords to your Digg submissions’ titles. you stand a good chance that most of the webmasters who link to your site will use the title or the keyword in the title as anchor text, which puts you in a great position to rank for a targeted keyword.

Irish Garden Home July 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

Thanks for the insight info ;-) SY

ffl license July 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

This concept I have not considered before. I will utilize digg from now on and see what long tail key phrases i can rank for. Thanks Neal.

Irish Garden Home July 7, 2010 at 7:37 am

I don’t think that Digg will help you much in ranking for long tail keywords, Digg is all about human visitors, not so much backlinks (they are nofollow on Digg), SY

Dean Saliba July 3, 2010 at 3:28 am

Digg is something I’ve wanted to try for quite some time. Am tempted to give it as a go now.:)

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

hi Dean; thank you for reading; welcome to our Diggdom ;)

Timeshare Reviews July 3, 2010 at 4:29 am

Great Neal, thanks. Everything you wanted to know about Digg and didn’t dare ask….. :-)

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

thank you for reading, Timeshare Reviews.

top weight loss tips July 3, 2010 at 4:52 am

I just cant get my head around this digg thing.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

yeah; it’s a bit involved, top weight loss tips. do reach out if there is anything that’s unclear in the article.

thank you for reading.

Dev @ Make Money Blogging July 3, 2010 at 6:46 am

Hey Neal,

Really Great Post. I tried digg before but not got much success. Now i think i should try it again.

One thing i learned is submit big sites posts(like mashable, techcrunch) instead of submitting your own posts.

Thanks for sharing this great post.

~Dev

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

hey Dev; most definitely submit from popular sites so you could grow your influence on the site; further you could make some tough contacts with the writers and stakeholders of those sites. as noted, more people will want to befriend you and help you grow your influence even more… a domino effect of sorts.

Michael S July 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

Thanks for the DIGG guide. It will be very useful for me.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

you are very welcome, Michael; thank you for checking it out; i look forward to your guide on using static FBML to build facebook fan pages. great work!

Ahmad July 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

Great info neal,
there a lot juicy information just awaken me after reading your digg guide

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

thank you for reading it, Ahmad

ffl license July 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

Digg is ultra powerful, but I’m unsure about the quality of the traffic. I’ve been on the first page before, and you do get a ton of traffic, but the traffic is extremely untargeted.

ffl license July 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

This is attributed to warrior forum, the link, not me. Must be an error.

neal rodriguez July 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm

i recommend to add targeted keywords to your titles, so you could better rank on the search engines when those keywords are queried. moreover, if you have a blog that regularly reaches the front page of Digg; i have a friend that grew his blog to over 50k RSS subscribers frequently making the front page of Digg. you’ll have a easier time converting a proportion of a community of that size into email subscribers, brand ambassadors, or possible buyers of your product or service.

Email List Building July 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

Hey Neal,

I appreciate your answering the comments. I’ve learned a lot from your answers in addidion to the wealth of knowledge found in the post.

Vance

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Main benefit of reaching at front page is recognition.

Yes your blog will get recognition.

earn cash fast oscar July 4, 2010 at 5:41 am

Is digg really that powerful?

d3so July 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

Yes, it still is powerful. Even though it’s not talked about that much, it’s a great resource for traffic.

Survival Blog July 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I’ve never had much luck with digg – I think other niches have more of an advantage with this medium.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm

These are some great and in depth tips.

Lets try this one and I will give you feedback here or in your blog.Neal.

Expert Marketing Reviews July 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

I agree with you Survival… Digg is definitely not very friendly to some niches.

Gary David | Build Your List Fast July 4, 2010 at 12:57 am

We have to build huge followers for us to do this. Without followers, we can not get the result what we want. Same thing in list building, if we don’t have thousands of subscribers, then our presence online will not be felt. In twitter, we have to build followers as well so that more people will see our tweets.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I think in Digg followers are not the correct term. Instead of followers we can call them friends or contacts or friend circle.

Badminton Life July 4, 2010 at 1:55 am

I feel like DIGG is a lot less influential these days. A few years ago all people could talk about was DIGG, now it’s kind of fading. I wonder if they’ll ever get acquired???

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

If your website will be at first page of Digg than you will realise it.

Believe me people still love digg.

earn cash fast oscar July 4, 2010 at 3:47 am

*silently envies you*

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Why silently ??? Lollzz :P

earn cash fast oscar July 4, 2010 at 3:47 am

but I usualy don’t find anything on digg :(

earn cash fast oscar July 4, 2010 at 3:49 am

usually*

Expert Marketing Reviews July 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Digg has its own niche. Try stumbleupon… i find it much better to find useful info.

Simon Bunker July 4, 2010 at 5:37 am

Interesting article. I was thinking that digg had lost its appeal over the last year or so, but maybe it still has some relevance.
Will look into this and see what results I get.
Thanks for the post and the advice/tips

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Still there is magic in Digg and still maintaining 115 alexa ranking.

arkhanantacom July 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

digg is one of the traffic, may still be many others ….

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm

First page in Digg is simply awesome and equal difficult as well.

Melvin July 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Isn’t it just me who think that getting dugg into the frontpage is already a decent memory? I mean before its really easy for anyone doing it well to write something intriguing and then land into the frontpage. Right now it seems like its as saturated as ever..

What do you think?

neal rodriguez July 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

hi Melvin,

i am a living testament that if you put the month in to build your network, and you submit content that the community will most likely enjoy, you will stand a great chance of promoting content to the front page with little effort.

Bidet July 5, 2010 at 4:20 am

Thanks for this guide, I didnt know so much went into getting your digg to the front page. I would just digg and leave it.

neal rodriguez July 5, 2010 at 9:46 am

thank you for reading, Bidet; you really improve the chances of promoting a story to the front page by following the steps I listed above.

Insurance Izzy July 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

Sounds like pretty good advice, but it also seems like you’d definitely need a lot of time to get your digg content to the top.

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

thnx for reading Insurance Izzy; i spend about 30 minutes digging content daily.

Robert Antwi July 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

This post was amazing, very powerful – i will have no problems actioning this and understanding the importance of digg and its users. The only thing im thinking about is – i have to provide relative unique content that brings a spark to ones mind and gives them something great to talk about after dinner etc…on the course of doing that the kind of market say for instance advising people how to make money online – do you cleverly siphen in a unique blog post on the same level as the unique content you have been digging to not totally throw your people of wanting to digg your own blog post etc

Expert Marketing Reviews July 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

I find “controversial” topics work best on digg. Pick a current event or something in the media and put your own weird or negative spin on it.

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Thank you for bringing this up, Robert. the one thing i will bring up is that although the digg community loves a wide variety of topics, marketing and money-making properties are not that welcome on Digg; however, as marketers you can help clients or other webmasters to use Digg in exchange for links, joint ventures, and you could build web properties covering the topics in which diggers are interested pretty quickly. sphinn is a good digg-like community that is solely for marketers.

home depot store hours July 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I love digg, i got many friends from digg. When i post something to the digg. About 2 minute, my post has been appear on page 1 Google! Thanks John for your tips!

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

thank you for reading, Home Depot Store Hours; digg on!

Web Yazilim Tasarim July 6, 2010 at 12:58 am

A Nice, long post and a great read! Thanks Neal :)

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm

thank you for reading it Web Yazilim

kumo July 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

I never received good results in Digg. Seems like I need to try out Digg from a different angle. Thanks for sharing. I actually prefer to get a long term effects of dofollow from Digg rather than just a spike of traffic.

Earl July 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

Most awesome post on DIGG – I’ve always wondered how to make it work. Now I’ve got an idea… what do you look for in a JV? :)

Daniel Snyder July 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Really appreciated this article. Looks like a bit of work, and an investment of time, but worth it for sure. I wonder will this work as well or the same on the new digg?

Synthetic Turf July 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Great post as always John. I think that placement is the most important behind quality of content to get DUGG. but some of the other tips you mentioned are also useful.

Lee Ka Hoong July 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I’ve been submitting my blog post to Digg but I’ve never realized about the potential of traffic generation. Seems that I have to start building friend list from Digg. Great post Neal!

Regards,
Lee

Saki July 8, 2010 at 3:26 am

Digg will change in couple of months now, so the whole process will be a lot different.

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

thnx for reading, Saki; i am no fortune teller, but i have seen new.digg.com and have found a popular section called Top News. if they make Top News the front page the methodology may still apply. the only thing that may hurt the use of this guide is if they eradicate the popular section. Either way building an account will make it more influential and position it with a high following when the new Digg rolls out.

Directory Sieve July 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

to be honest, this is not as simple as you have presented it. making a power digg profile is a very difficult thing, requires years of hard work, and even after that, only the best social media type stories hits the front page…

neal rodriguez July 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

thank you for reading, Directory Sieve. you could actually build a pretty influential profile with a decent community around it in less than a month.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog July 15, 2010 at 7:17 am

Hey Neal when we can expect next update from you.

Harshit Singhal July 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

yeah basically it boils down to interesting news or pictures. That does the trick.