How to 'Still' Get On the Digg Homepage

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Lately a lot of people who used to get on the [Digg homepage]( constantly have been complaining that they can’t make the homepage anymore. In most cases these people are doing the exact same thing as they used to do before. Here is how you can still get on the homepage:
* Don’t sell sandals to an Eskimo – understand the Digg audience before you start trying to get stuff on the homepage that doesn’t relate to them. In the past, you may have been able to get spammy stuff such as articles about [Forex trading]( on Digg, but now you can’t. When people bury your story it hurts you more than before so give them something they want and not something they don’t care about.
* Power isn’t everything – if you think it is best to have a power user submit a story, you are wrong. From what I have tested if you have a normal user submit a story and tons of top users end up digging that story, there are high chances that it will hit the homepage with a lot less votes. The main reason this works so well is because normal users usually don’t have tons of Digg friends so votes from these power users are very effective.
* Being greedy isn’t smart – if you feel all of your content is Digg worthy, you are wrong. Don’t vote on non-worthy content and more importantly don’t place [Digg this buttons]( on your website unless you really feel your content is great.
* Don’t assume content is king – many people think that all you need is great content to make the homepage, but that’s not true. A good portion of Digg users don’t read stories, but instead just vote on what they like based on the submission title and description. So before you submit a story analyze your title and description because it can make a world of difference.
If you feel it is hard to get on the Digg homepage, don’t complain, do something about it. Learn from your mistakes and get involved with the community on a personal level.

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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  • Brian Clark

    >>don’t complain, do something about it.
    Yeah, like submit to Reddit instead. πŸ˜‰

  • Jeremy Steele

    If all else fails, just pay people to digg it up πŸ˜›
    (note: don’t do this!)

  • supernova17

    I think Digg changed their algorithm to punish the top users once again. This is some bullshit.

  • clearthought

    Digg is so much better than Reddit. I just got a popular submission “Who killed more in the Bible (image)”. All it is is a graph of a rough number I didn’t come up with. If it’s interesting, people will Digg — especially if they have not seen much of it that day. Even the best blog post might not make it.
    (My Digg name is cafzal.)

  • Maki :: Dosh Dosh

    I think the question should be.. why do people still want to get on the Digg Homepage? I’ll personally rather Stumble or WTF it..

  • Branding

    At the end of the day it’s really just the content. Either content is king or you have to pay people πŸ˜‰

  • Gerard McGarry

    Hi Neil. I liked your closing comment about particpating in the community. I think that’s something which linkbaiters tend to ignore in the hopes of exploiting the system.
    If you are an active member in the community, then there’s nothing wrong with leveraging the system, especially if you’ve got worthy content that people will benefit from. If you’re just spraying all the social bookmarking services with links, then you’re doing something wrong!

  • HMTKSteve

    You do realize that the people complaining about not being on Digg anymore are in the same boat as pronetadvertising?
    The name of the boat is “auto-bury”. It is a boat we sit in where, no matter who submits it, the content gets buried because of the source.

  • Dawud Miracle

    Yeah, I understand. But how do you feel about all the negative commenting that seems to go on on Digg? It seems that people just tear up posts for the sake of tearing them up. So if you’re just going to be mocked and lambasted, is it worth the extra traffic?
    And what about retained readers? I’d love to see some stats from bloggers who have reached Digg’s homepage. Before traffic levels, during, and a few weeks after. What’s the avearage percentage of reader retainment? I’m going to guess it’s quite low.
    Sorry for being a bit of a downer. I’m just trying to wrap my mind around all this.

  • Steve

    I think with Digg you gotta either get involved in the community or not even bother – i’m one to just not bother. Digg is a victim of its own success.

  • Austin

    Bah! Who cares about Digg anymore. The model is hopelessly broken, and who needs the drama from that whiny userbase? I’m all about reddit.