Posts Tagged ‘digg’

Social Networking Blunders of the year

December 30, 2009

Digg Shout feature – wow, was this a doozy. I know Digg has undergone major changes this year but this was a really bad idea. Hello spammers! The digg shout feature opening things up likened to that of a email spam list. “Hey, this is a cool article, digg it and I will digg yours”. Is/was there such a thing of digg exchange like there is link exchange? Hmm, certainly a lot of articles found their way on the front page with the assistance of shouting.

Facebook privacy – what happens to my stuff when I delete my account? How long is my data kept for? Why am I getting all of these advertisements? Facebook privacy issues were thrust into the limelight and had to rectify this shortcoming in their platform. Hmm, I wonder how many late nights those coding monkeys were forced to work? Nothing like getting fired after your boss read your Facebook comments about him (oops).

Google Wave – invite only? WTF? Great in theory, major fail in reality. Proved to be useful in some specific situation but overall not the experience people thought it was going to be. So much for everybody working on solutions real time. People are still waiting for their invites.

Twitter security – what security? Hackers busted in and stole a bunch of passwords and probably did some tweeting of their own. So don’t use one of these common passwords. While it’s a cosmetic communication tool, it’s a big deal when someone else takes control of it. Hey Twitter, upgrade your servers, I’m tired of you being down all the time.

Don’t be a Digg-whore

December 10, 2008

Social media site Digg can be incredibly useful and entertaining. However it is important to remember that it is not MySpace or Facebook. Having tons of friends does not make you a superstar. More often than not Digg is increasingly becoming a marketing tool to push traffic to sites for SEO purposes. Part of the problem is blind diggers.

Users who digg articles without reading them simply because one of their ‘digg friends’ sent them a shout asking them to digg something. The value of a single digg is nothing, however harnessed a few hundred by an SEO company and you have front page material.

Don’t be a digg-whore! Be careful who you decide to friend. If you get a few dozen shouts every day. You might want to un-friend that user. Only you can keep digg unpolluted.

Getting on Digg

October 8, 2008

While difficult it can be done. First of all be prepared to invest a lot of time in the community. Build up friendships, make interesting and funny comments, and of course submit good content. If you’re looking for a quick fix SEO solution don’t look to Digg, unless you’re prepared to spend $1,200. The recent clean up that’s happened has removed many of the old users who were perceived to be taking advantage of the situation and profiting. A few tips for submitting articles.

Be descriptive. Choose a good headline. Videos and pictures will more likely get clicked (please no porn). Link to the source article and not a spam blog. Don’t be anti Apple. Let’s face it, most users on Digg are pro-Apple and pro-Steve Jobs. If you have to fake it, do it, or just avoid the topic all together. Most importantly submit/write good content. Even if the community disagrees with you, thoughtful, well written, and fact based articles will win you respect. Good luck.

*also if your article gets dugg, be prepared to have your servers crashed by the Digg effect. Congrats!

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Kevin Rose: 8 tips for getting on the front page of Digg

Is $1,200 for front page of Digg worth it?

September 3, 2008

A recent interview with a Digg user revealed that some top users are using their clout for profit. Digg is one of the more popular social media sites regularly crashing servers from large influx of traffic by getting Dugg.

The Digg user says he charges “$300 – 500” for basic submissions. Actual article promotion will cost you $700 total. This is regardless of the traffic or Digg success. On top of this if the article actually makes it to the front page this will cost you another $500. This brings you to a total of $1200 for a Digg submission, promotion and an appearance on the front page.

The big question: is it worth it? Is the one time large influx of server crashing traffic worth the expense? If this one Digg user is any indication, yes. He’s making money and continues to offer his services. However, now that the cat’s out of the bag, ultimately the Digg community will seek out the perpetrator and probably exile him if he’s discovered. The Digg user took a big risk in doing the interview, but he also got paid.

He goes on to say that good content is still the key in addition to building a strong network within the community. With enough time and dedication you too can become a top digger, and who knows? Maybe you will one day be charging $500 per submission. So get digging.