Why You’re Not Getting on the Digg Homepage

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 😉

9 thoughts on “Why You’re Not Getting on the Digg Homepage

  1. Digg sends a lot of traffic to my blog – even if some articles don’t get Dugg. I find this interesting and the traffic measure means more to me than someone clicking. In saying that, some of my new articles are fairing quite well.

  2. 5. Consult Captain Obvious for Advice about Content:
    Captain Obvious recommends that the actual content be useful and relevant as well. A cool title with a bunch of turds in a list won’t fly. Duh.

    That’s bollocks.

    And, uh, Brian and Andy, could you digg the story about the Top 3 Turds in a list?

  3. And when you do get Dugg, have a thick skin for the hired monkeys who will insult your article in every which way.

  4. > Getting a group to digg your stuff is just basic defense against all the other people doing it. I know that’s escalation, but that’s how it is.


    Idealists don’t like it.

    Who’s here to win?

  5. Andy, will you go bookmark my latest post at Copyblogger on Delicious? I want to keep it up on the popular page all day.

    How was that?

  6. … so if you don’t game the system you will never get anywhere on it. I don’t think its life expectancy is high because people give up after watching cabals of friends promote useless stories that are on the front page of every news service being dugg the most.

    Getting a group to digg your stuff is just basic defense against all the other people doing it. I know that’s escalation, but that’s how it is.

  7. Those first diggs are the most important, the first 100 the hardest. If you have a network big enough and you believe in the content then why not? Is it gaming the system? I don’t think so, most people won’t get to see your digg entry unless it has been given some visibility.

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