5 more ways to make the digg front page

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Yesterday [SEO Black Hat](http://www.seoblackhat.com) wrote [10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page](http://seoblackhat.com/2006/10/02/10-steps-to-guarantee-you-make-the-digg-front-page/), which discusses 10 tips to help you get on the [digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) front page. Here are the tips he recommended.
1. Make a list or tutorial headline.
2. Write about digg.
3. Appeal to the Apple fanboys.
4. Doom and Gloom about how Global Warming will destroy us all.
5. Write about how great Firefox is.
6. Remember: Walmart, George Bush, and Fox News have NEVER done ANYTHING right.
7. Repeat after me: “Microsoft sucks, Microsoft Sucks, Microsoft Sucks.”
8. Make up outrageous statistics that you have not researched.
9. Insult as many groups as you can.
10. Include the world’s slowest loading plugin.
He mentioned some great tips, but here are a few more that guarantee a front page story.
1. Write about Google. Within the last 7 days [43 stories](http://digg.com/search/page1?s=google&area=promoted&type=both&search-buried=0&age=7&sort=new) that mention Google made it to the front page. In my experience, Google stories usually get more traffic then non Google stories. The most traffic I got from the digg front page was around 20,000 visitors and that was from a story called [Google’s growing list of domains](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/googles-growing-list-of-domains.html).
2. Write a catchy title. Most digg users digg a story based on the title and don’t even read the story. Cameron did an [interview with Guy Kawasaki](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/interview-with-guy-kawasaki.html) a couple of months ago and it made the homepage. The digg title was “[Yowser: The new Yahoo browser](http://digg.com/tech_news/Yowser_The_new_Yahoo_browser)” which was not even main focus of the interview. Guy Kawasaki touched on Yowser in the interview, but the story still made digg front page due its’ attractive title.
3. Write in-depth analysis. People like reading in-depth and detailed articles that they can get something out of. Within the last 7 days 4 stories that mentioned in-depth in the description made the digg front page.
4. Digg users love [YouTube](http://digg.com/tech_news/YouTube_The_Complete_Profile) and [Ubuntu](http://digg.com/search?area=promoted&age=7&sort=new&s=Ubuntu). Writing on those two topics is almost a guaranteed front page story. Even if you don’t provide much insight or say anything new about these two topics there is still a good chance of making the front page as long as the digg title and description is attractive.
5. Use buzz words. Digg users love [web 2.0](http://digg.com/search?area=promoted&age=7&sort=new&s=web+2.0), Ajax and all of the other hot terms. In many cases people find stories by using the digg search feature. By having buzzwords within your title and description you are increasing the visibility of your story which increases its chances of getting on the homepage.
If you have made the digg homepage or have noticed other ways that “guarantee” a front page story, feel free to leave a comment.

Neil Patel
Neil Patel is the co-founder of KISSmetrics, an analytics provider that helps companies make better business decisions. Neil also blogs about marketing and entrepreneurship at... Read Full Bio
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  • Oswald

    Another one great article. I found it useful for me. Those advices will get important one day for me, once I finished my personal page.
    Actually, I got bored a bit about articles of digg. Personally, I would like to hear something more from you, not just digg, digg and again digg.
    Anyway, you’re a good writer.
    Keep it up, dude.
    Best wishes

  • I have found that Digg users love Digg users. If you’re not ‘on the team’ you’re left out to dry.
    If they would utilize tags instead of categories, it would be much better.

  • Oswald, thanks for the input. The rest of this weeks post will be on topics other then digg.

  • Digg is overrated, it’s only a hype caused by a few.

  • rsds129

    Is there anyone that is not male, 18 to 24 and working in a tech related industry visiting Digg.com?

  • jsaltz

    Digg is just a receptory of random fecal matter. Plus, this Web 2.0 is something that “nobody even knows what it means” (Tim Berners-Lee). Result: it is an abomination.

  • But isn’t appealing to your target market all about finding them on their level? Digg is definitely a powerful source for social networking on the web. Hey, I say don’t hate the player, hate the game if you think Digg is an abomination.

  • You forgot to add bashing the RIAA and MPAA any chance you get to your list.