3 Common Misconceptions Regarding Digg

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There are several misconceptions people have when it comes to content being promoted on Digg. The three main ones, though, pertain to the lifetime of an upcoming story, the number if Diggs required for a story to be promoted, and the number of friends you should have on the site and how you can benefit from that. Here’s a look at the actual situation.
1. People generally think that a story has 24 hours of life after which it is dead and cannot be promoted to the front-page of Digg. However, I have seen stories last for much longer than that quite a few times and I have even seen a story that was promoted 5 days after being submitted. Of course this doesn’t happen very frequently but it has been known to happen.
2. People think that there is a set number of Diggs you need to get, after which your story is promoted. There is absolutely no set number of Diggs. I have recently seen stories being promoted around 35 Diggs while others don’t get promoted even if after 400 Diggs. Story promotion is based on a number of factors, some of which we don’t know, but there are a three things that we know. First, one of the things that matters is the number of Diggs you get on a story relative to other stories on Digg and other stories in the specific category you submitted the story to. Second is the speed with which you get those Diggs. And last is the ratio of Diggs to buries that you get on a story.
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3. Many people believe this and even I used to believe that the higher the number of friends you have the better your chances of having your content promoted on Digg. It doesn’t quite work that way. Up until 2 weeks ago I had around 550 friends and now I have about 150. I removed 400 friends because I realize that these users had either become inactive, had their accounts banned from Digg, or where simply not interested in and not following my submissions. You should only friend people that have similar interests as you and who follow your content (and whose content you enjoy following).

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