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Unbanned From Digg

written by John Chow on February 23, 2007

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I just got an email from Skitzzo at SEO Refugee that John Chow dot Com has been unbanned from Digg. At first I thought this maybe a joke so I tested it out by submitting the 10 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid post and sure enough, the submission made it.

It looks like Digg finally came to their sense. Thanks for unbanning me and thanks to all the readers for supporting me. I’m sure the ton of emails you sent to Digg had something to do with the unbanning.

I wonder if anyone else got unbanned?

list of sites unbanned by Digg.

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Justin AKA Shocker February 23, 2007 at 10:24 am

Sweetness in a bottle!

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Mr. Stockshaker.com February 23, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Im glad your bitch slappin’ digg.

Too bad I’m getting bitch slapped by eBay…



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HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 10:25 am

Unbanned from Digg? The world really is coming to an end!

Great news though, I wonder what happened?

Jane May February 23, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Serious…Make way for John Chow! Might as well call you John “Homepage” Chow from now on!!! ;)

Allen.H February 24, 2007 at 1:48 am

I heard some guys sat together and decided which sites were banned without a proper justification. Obviously John was one of them.


HMTKSteve February 24, 2007 at 2:11 am

I don’t know if it was that bad but… A lot of good sites have been banned as “blog spam” or “middle man” sites while sits that truly are middle-men i.e. boingboing never get banned.

Jack February 23, 2007 at 10:26 am

Digg giveth traffic and Digg taketh the traffic away.

Glad you are free of the red-tape.

Saman Sadeghi February 23, 2007 at 10:43 am

Yep, It’s good to hear that we can share John’s tips with the rest of the World again!

45n5 February 23, 2007 at 10:27 am

congrats, now how long until you get banned again?


HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 10:29 am

John, now that you are back on Digg I’m curious to see:

1) How long until you get banned again
2) How fast your stories get buried (mine get buried quick)
3) If a ton of your posts from the ‘banned’ period get submitted to Digg.

Marc February 23, 2007 at 10:33 am

-1 Evil point for John. Being banned just added to your root of all evil characteristics.

On the bright side, congratulations since you’ll now have a whole new set of readers to influence :)

Saman Sadeghi February 23, 2007 at 11:44 am

We may have to dock John one evil point, but now we can resume our assault on the World! :evil:

Jane May February 23, 2007 at 5:21 pm

This adds +1 to John Chow the “Humanitarian.”

Joseph.C February 23, 2007 at 10:35 am

Good always prevail…..good to have you back John.

Paul February 23, 2007 at 11:14 am

Good Evil always prevails

luca February 23, 2007 at 10:37 am

Yes, my blog has been unbanned as well. It’s funny they haven’t advised about it.

WesleyTech.com February 23, 2007 at 10:41 am

Back in action!

Leftblank February 23, 2007 at 10:44 am

Nice to see you’re added again; will you be mass-submitting stories again now, or don’t you want to take the risk of being banned again? ;) Anyway, nice to see, at least Digg seems to listen a bit to their community.

HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 10:48 am

Maybe it is just a software glitch?

Ali February 23, 2007 at 10:57 am

LOL! yep, blame the software.

Saman Sadeghi February 23, 2007 at 11:42 am

No, it wasn’t a glitch. There was a anti-John Chow clan out there for a while and they were marking all of the post from John as spam.

HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 11:44 am

I meant a glitch in letting John back on Digg!

Saman Sadeghi February 23, 2007 at 2:08 pm

:oops: Now I get it!

Jeff February 23, 2007 at 10:51 am

I’m surprised it took this long!

Ron Johnson February 23, 2007 at 11:00 am

Congrats John. ProNetAdvertising has a post that lists some of the sites that have been unbanned: http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/digg-lets-banned-domains-back-in.html .

HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 11:35 am

With a list that long it must be a software glitch!

Allen.H February 24, 2007 at 1:51 am

Why do you think it’s a glitch? don’t you think the unbanning of John Chow and sites like the superficial is justified?


HMTKSteve February 24, 2007 at 2:12 am

I belive it is justified. I also belive that Digg would have announced something like this before doing it.

Paula Neal Mooney February 23, 2007 at 11:03 am

Woo hoo!

I’m unbanned too!

Thanks for the heads up.

I just Dugg my “Is The Secret Anti-Christian?” post and it actually Dugg!

Wonder what those DiggNation guys are up to that gave them a change of heart?

Now I’d better go put all those big “Digg this Story!” below each of my future posts.

Oh happy day,

SEO Mash February 23, 2007 at 11:08 am

Finally they came to their senses and I hope that it lasts. With this news I expect you to make a minimum of $7000 in March. :)

Mr. Gary Lee February 23, 2007 at 11:23 am

Congrats John! I can’t wait to see how fast your blog grows now that you can post on digg again!

Ryan February 23, 2007 at 11:27 am

What would Digg be like without the root of all evil?!

I’m sure some boneheads will try to bury your posts again, but hopefully Digg has made the banning system a little more common-sensical.

Saman Sadeghi February 23, 2007 at 11:46 am

The guys at Digg are pretty smart, I’m sure the algorithm has been improved again!

Michael Yurechko February 23, 2007 at 11:46 am

Paul Stamatiou (http://paulstamatiou.com) was unbanned from digg today along with his other domain (pstam.com).

thepaperbull February 23, 2007 at 11:49 am

My guess – Digg realized the amount of traffic viewing John’s post (and others) on being banned was poor advertising and decided to act.

Hoever I doubt that this does anything to stop the misguided vigilante groups from doing it again.

Dave February 23, 2007 at 11:51 am

Congrats on the unban!

Matt608 February 23, 2007 at 11:58 am

Congrats John,

BTW I felt like BRAGGING to you that if you type in ‘John Chow AGLOCO’ into google, Guess who will come up first?


Matt608 February 23, 2007 at 11:59 am

Whoops I entred the URL worng for my homepage – It works now :D

JosefVirek February 23, 2007 at 11:59 am


Kiltak February 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Yep, same here! we just got unbanned.. :)

Leif Hearne February 23, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Congrats John. I knew it was only a matter of time.

Dinner February 23, 2007 at 12:38 pm

That’s good to hear! Congrats!

Corey February 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Hooray! Back on digg! They cant stop you!

baron February 23, 2007 at 12:43 pm

This is great. John, time to put the Digg buttons back on!

This plugin should blow the competiton away (with the new smart digg buttons):

I think the question now is, “How many John Chow stories can we get on the front page at once?”

Tomorrow’s going to be a field day with all these oldies but goodies flooding Digg!!! lol

HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Indeed, we have several months worth of Johnchow.com content to get on Digg!

Andy February 23, 2007 at 10:28 pm

congrats John, and yep Digg is gonna be flooded with unbanned sites content ;)

David February 23, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Finally…haha…now you will get even more traffic!!!

Ronald Lewis February 23, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Congrats, John, but do you really need Digg?

I’ve stopped submitting my own articles, since the digg community claims I’m submitting “blog spam”. Just explain how on f*cking earth original material is “spam”?

One disadvantage to “user generated/controlled” content sites is that they attract far too many “power brokers” who get off on being “in control”.

The “malicious users” of digg went so far to prevent my Kevin Rose interview from appearing on the front page, that they attacked my host provider to the sum of 1 Terabyte in data.

All of this because I e-mailed some digg users to interest them in my interview with Kevin Rose and maybe digg the interview? These guys got their panties in a damn bunch and launched a massive offensive.

This is why I just go for the content these days, because I really don’t have time to revisit the days of kindergarten.

HMTKSteve February 23, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Wow! Most stories that mention Kevin rose in the title spend all day on the home page.

wpthemes February 23, 2007 at 1:05 pm

Sweet beans, congrats on being unbanned..not that it matter too much does it? :P

Gareth February 23, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Good news for world domination :)

Seopher February 23, 2007 at 1:12 pm

John, that’s great news for you. Digg is a nice broadcasting platform and with this many loyal followers you’re guaranteed success. Not that you need it!

Adam February 23, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Congratulations. Glad to see that they’re looking into cases where people were banned because the system was abuse. :)

Heywood February 23, 2007 at 1:53 pm

I think the tech 100 party just moved from Mid March to march 3rd.

Teddy February 23, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Looks like there’s a glitch or the story was submitted in twice:


John Chow February 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Ya, there was a glitch. I think Digg pulled the story because of it.

Matthew Berman February 23, 2007 at 2:24 pm

time to spam digg again!!

Bes Z February 23, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Interesting, and congrats. Do you think one can ever find out why the sites were unbanned [the criteria that was used]?

Scott McCullough February 23, 2007 at 2:29 pm

It looks like your first attempt to get back on Digg got buried.

….and the funny part is if you look up the post using the search mechanism on digg (check buried stories) it comes up twice and are two distinct pages at the same URL. It is like the search is drawing from two separate databases.

This unbanning might very well be a glitch.

Ralph Dagza February 23, 2007 at 2:50 pm

My other site is not banned anymore pinkprank.com

home of the infamous ms nevada pics

Soultrance February 23, 2007 at 3:13 pm

I’m wondering why they unbanned a bunch of people, cause my site was on the list of unbanned sites as well.

I never should have been banned to begin with since they banned me for content on a site I linked to, not my own site, but hey, glad to be back. Digg didn’t effect my traffic much either way, but its nice to have people able to digg my stuff again.

Nomar February 23, 2007 at 3:28 pm

That is great news !! congratz

Fredrik Gyllensten February 23, 2007 at 4:37 pm


I’m soon going to begin ‘digging’ myself, looking forward to it :)

Eli February 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Congratulations John :)

Gdog February 23, 2007 at 6:07 pm

This should have happened a loooong tim ago. Wake up, Digg!

Swollen Pickles February 23, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Swollen Pickles has been unbanned as well! Woo hoo!
Still, I’m waiting for the sting in the tail…

Nate W. February 23, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations, John! Hopefully your readership will double now! :)

yan February 23, 2007 at 7:06 pm


I came across this post. Take a look.

Interesting analysis of top 1000 blogs (by Alexa) and what Digg is doing wrong.

Steve February 23, 2007 at 9:41 pm


You can link me later, I pulled some strings for you & the fellas ;)


James Britton February 24, 2007 at 1:01 am

We’ll see how long this lasts with people like chaunceysmith gaming John’s site with comment spam and the like.

Allen.H February 24, 2007 at 1:54 am

Wow, I see a lot of people were unbanned yesterday. I wonder why most of them got banned from the first place..? I mean, obviously Chow had some influential guys standing against him and burying his stories, but why are so many relatively unknown people were banned?


HMTKSteve February 24, 2007 at 2:15 am

Most people blame the bury brigade. After seeing Alex and Kevin getting a “free” ride on a jet from Virgin Air I am begining to think that the bury brigade might actually be Digg itself.

Think about it, who else is out there that can take money and insure a story sits on the home page? Digg got jealous of the possibility of the top diggers getting paid to put content on the home page because it cuts them out.

aibek February 24, 2007 at 4:18 am

congrats John, your blog deserve to be digged. Hope to see your posts on digg’s homepage

Ajith February 24, 2007 at 10:38 pm

Hi John
its really good that at last Digg came to realise their mistake. But actually I think that was more about a measure for self existance coz if Digg continued the old system and got many bloggers aganst them it would be ruined (now Netscape is also a ompetitor). So that is an act of mere self conciousness.