The Perfect Digg Bait

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The other day I was browsing the Digg homepage and noticed something really weird. It seems Craigslist made the homepage for an article that was about “[why geeks and nerds make the best boyfriends](” and to top it off it did really well.

The date shows this article was written on April 3, 2005 so it is probably safe to say that it is not “digg bait” and it was written for fun. The article contains no sales pitch and seems like it was written by a geek. The important thing to take from this is that if random stories such as ones from Craigslist or ones about [Kevin Federline]( can make the Digg homepage, then you can too with a little creativity.

Neil Patel
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  • Chip

    I agree with you Alister. There are too many lousy stories on the digg homepage.
    I guess digg is all about networking.
    This is one of the reasons reddit seems better to me. I have no friends in my list and I still made the homepage with two stories.

  • Pete Wailes

    You have no friends? Aww… Poor Chip…
    Seriously though, I think Alister has hit the nail on the head – Digg isn’t a news reporting site. It’s a site for interesting tidbits. Nothing more.
    If you can get a story up, great. If not, sucks to be you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Neil Patel

    I agree that there are better stories that don’t make the homepage, but the reason this story did so well is because it was stupid and entertaining.
    As for power users causing stories to reach the homepage, that isn’t the case anymore. Digg’s algorithm is quite complex and from what I have noticed non-power users can get stories on the homepage as easily.

  • Chip

    In my post I did not want to say that “I have no friends… poor little old me”. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I just wanted to emphasize the fact that, unlike digg, in reddit you do not need to have a network of friends to get to the front page.