50 Powerful DIGG Tactics

50 Powerful DIGG Tactics

I was reading an article that I could only find in PDF version. I’ve decided tonight that rather than expect everyone to wait for its download, it would be nicer to just post it here. A link to the original will be at the base.
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1. Sign up for an account, and plan to participate daily. A wishy-washy attitude will not work well with fellow Diggers.
2. Be sure you understand how Digg works before you begin actively participating.
3. Pay attention to user comments, and be prepared to respond as well as become an active part of the conversation.
4. Get a feel for how and why certain stories become popular. This will give you a better understanding of Digg, and also give you insight into how to make
your stories and postings more popular as well.
5. Try to accumulate as many friends as you can. Much like Twitter, you want as
many contacts and outreaches as you can garner so you can affect more
people that way.
6. Start a buddy list. This list is designed to give you a one on one ability within
Digg. It allows IM use, but be careful and try to not use this feature too much
or you’ll turn people off.
7. Build your profile up to make it look as thorough and professional as possible.
Just like any other website or service, this is the home base where people will
be looking to find out who you are and what you’re about. Make it as good as
you possibly can.
8. Look for the power users of the site, and then be friends with them. This is a
huge help to you because others will see that you’re associated with them,
and it will help you get much more exposure in the long run.
9. Only submit content that is worth something. Don’t bombard the site or your
page with worthless links and silly stories. Make sure they are interesting and
10. Send out shouts. On Digg, people can send out shouts to each other. This is
the single best way to get noticed and to get some feedback, so send shouts
11. Keywords are very important. Just like any articles or information on your
website, keywords are what get peoples’ attention, so think some through and
then use them in your posting title and in your content.
12. Aim to become a top user. The top users on this website get the most notice.
13. Do your homework and find out what people are talking about and then
expand on that with your own postings.
14. Learn the language and how people express themselves. Every website has
its own unique lingo that users pick up on, so be sure you are in the know.
15. Only keep friends who provide feedback, who link to you, and whom you can
link to as well. Get rid of any friends who are just idle or who are not
16. Try to dedicate yourself to taking time each and every day to focus on content
expansion and editing. Dedicating this time will really reflect on your profile.
17. Keep up on what the Digg users like and hate. For example, most users love
Apple products, but hate Microsoft (as a whole). Get a feeling for the pulse of
what is popular.
18. Overall, there are more male than female users on Digg. Get an idea of the
demographics of the site so you can have more success.
19. Relevant content is important, and currently topics like the environment,
science, breaking news, politics, technology, and comedy are hot topics. Use
these in relation to your business somehow, so that people will want to know
20. Do not vote thumbs up on too many of your own articles. This can raise a red
flag and could potentially get your account removed.
21. Make your title WOW viewers and visitors. This is your first line to people and
the best way to get noticed and get some Diggs.
22. Descriptions are also important, so be sure to write these well and with
important keywords included.
23. Use real numbers instead of written numbers. This really does get more
attention than a lot of people realize.
24. Try not to just comment on stories. Remember the purpose of Digg, and if you
like something, Digg away
25. Avoid spamming people with keywords. They are very important, but too
many of one particular thing can drive people away almost instantly. Savvy
users know spam when they see it, so DON’T DO IT!
26. Do not use any non-English websites or content. The temptation to post some
Chinese language website links to reach out to global users might be really
strong, but it’s not allowed on the website since it is an English speaking only
27. Subscribe to the RSS feed offered by Digg so you can keep up with the latest
updates and see what is the most popular post.
28. Check the upcoming stories, link to other’s postings, and push your way up to
the top by recommending others and making as many friends as you can.
29. Write about Digg. Although this may sound a little redundant, fans of Digg
actually want to hear more about how to get the most out of the website.
30. Discuss the latest technology, since many people who use the site are big
fans of the latest applications, websites, and electronics. Firefox noticed a
large influx of users after people discussed them on Digg, and this can
happen for your business as well.
31. Participate in the Digg Town Halls. The site now has occasional town hall
style discussions, where you can share information, ask questions, and meet
new users.
32. Be sure your content is a must see. Try to post things that have not been put
up before, and make them intriguing and tantalizing. Again, this is where the
effective title writing comes into play.
33. Unlike some other sites, users on Digg do not like for you to ask for Diggs.
Instead, let your content speak for itself.
34. Try to be selective about your friends. Too many friends will be overwhelming,
and your inbox will get overloaded. It’s good to have a lot of contacts and
friends, but too many can actually be a bad thing because it takes up way too
much of your space and time. Choose friends who will do you a favor, just as
you will do for them.
35. Do not Digg every single thing you see. By Digging every little posting, you
look less legitimate, and you’re giving certain people more credit than they
actually deserve. The goal is to Digg content that is relevant and well put
together, not just everyone’s postings.
36. Remind people to Digg your stuff from other sites, like your blogs and even
your home page.
37. Submit a good amount of posts, but don’t overdo it. Some people will submit
so much content every day that they overload the website and their profile. It’s
not a attractive habit, and it can make people leery. Instead, only post a few,
select things per day.
38. Think about the numbers involved with Digg, such as the number of hits per
hour, number of buries, and the number of popular articles that have hit within
the last day or so. All of these statistics and more are important and help you
gain a better grasp of your progress.
39. Don’t try to do it all on your own. If you’re a very busy business owner or
website host, recruit coworkers and friends to help post some things on Digg.
As long as they follow your own personal guidelines for posting, it can be a
huge help.
40. Be sure to include a picture for a thumbnail. Choose something that will get
peoples’ attention and make a statement, as well as something that defines
who you are.
41. Widgets are an awesome new way to get more people reading. These can be
personalized so you can make them all your own, and they really add
personality to your page.
42. Add the Digg button, image and all, to your company or personal website.
43. Numbered lists make for easy reading, and keep peoples’ interest. Write
some content with top 10 lists, or other forms of numbered lists, which create
small tidbits of information.
44. Keep in mind that the top 100 users on Digg control over half of the website’s
content ranking. Pay close attention to what they are looking at and
commenting on.
45. Be as unique and individual as you can. Try to stay with the feel of the site,
but go against the flow with your content.
46. Be open. The users of Digg are pretty open, honest, and out there when it
comes to how they feel about things. If you do not like something, don’t feel
like you cannot express it. Just do so with a bit of discretion so you are not
bashing people or businesses to the point of no return.
47. Focus on your audience, and decide what topics are of the most interest to
48. Do not make baseless claims. If you post some topics or information, do not
make promises you cannot keep. It’s never a good idea to sound like a
salesman or make pitches for things people may not want. Instead, entice
them to your site to make a purchase with relevant content.
49. Utilize the newest buzz on Digg to your advantage. While you never want to
copy others’ content, you can use the popular topics to give you fresh ideas
that will rope people in.
50. Have fun. While the purpose of using Digg in this context is to expand your
business and gain new contacts, remember to have fun!

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Comments (3)

  • Jeff Fuller

    Glad someone did this. I’ve been meaning to read the article, but Acrobat isn’t working on my computer anymore. Most of these are no-brainers, but there are a couple that I never thought of. Thank you for this repost

    September 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm
  • James

    Does it even matter? The guys on DIGG seem to bounce as heavily as the one on stumble-upon.
    What’s the good of getting them to your site if they’re just going to bounce off as soon as they get there?

    September 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm
  • Bri

    An easy solution for that is to do as the article points out. Make sure you write content worth reading. If the content is written in a manner that entices the reader, you’ll have more people stay. Obviously, you’ll still have a decent bounce off of sites like DIGG, but the point is to make it available as one of many streams of traffic.

    September 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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