I stumbled across DiggBait 101: 8 Ways to Help You Get to Digg’s Front Page today. I appreciated both the helpful tips themselves, and also the picture-in-a-picture-ness of it all (How to get a blog post Dugg? Make it about Digg and include “8 Ways to…” in the title).
Most of the tips were standard how to link bait stuff, but two really stuck out, as I think they’re the ones that most bloggers miss.
4. Get a Few People To Digg for You:
Sending some emails and bugging some friends to Digg you is not gaming the system. It's just savvy marketing. Don't necessarily expect the momentum to build unless you put in some effort to make it so. It also affords you the ability to control the title and description for the Digg. You can count on your competition to do the same, making it even more necessary. If you're really against this, then send the article around anyway, but without explicitly asking them to digg it.
Didn’t Calacanis say something to the effect of, “it’s all about the IM list”? Stop being so dang high and mighty. You need to promote yourself a bit — others sure as heck aren’t going to, if you don’t!
6. Keep trying. Don't give up. Don't expect Instant Gratification:
I tried for awhile and posted lots of interesting stuff. I still didn't get Dugg. I never expected it with the aforementioned post either; but 100 or so posts later I finally got it. I didn't look for it; I just posted good stuff with a few of the above tips in mind and eventually got what I wanted.
Ya know what? Maybe I shouldn’t have written this post. I’ll be happy to let everyone else not ask their friends for bumps, and get frustrated after a few flops… meanwhile, my sites can continue get on the frontpage 😉