There Is More to Digg than the Homepage

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Sites like [Digg]( are well known for driving thousands of visitors to a website within a very short period of time. Because of this everyone is scrambling to get a story on the [homepage]( without realizing that they could get hundreds of hits from Digg on a daily basis without even getting their site on Digg’s homepage.
If you are the first to comment on a story that reaches the homepage and you link back to your website within the comments area, you will notice that it can drive a few hundred visitors. So if you want to get a few hundred visitors by commenting on these social sites, here is what you do:
1. First find upcoming stories that have the potential to reach the homepage, are related to your site, and have little to no comments.
2. Then you want to read the story and make sure you have something useful to say.
3. If you have something worthy to say and can relate it to a page on your website then you can try to comment and add a link to your website.
If you do this you can expect a few hundred visitors from Digg. Before you start adding comments like crazy make sure that your link benefits the community and most importantly that you don’t spam. If you [spam]( the community your comment will be buried and you can damage your sites reputation on Digg. So no matter what, you should always do what’s best for the community and when in doubt don’t do it.
Update: By all means, I am not telling anyone to spam Digg. I am just pointing out that people are doing this to get traffic from Digg.

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

    A Digg-bait barnacle huh?
    I think people should likely focus on creating better content than this stuff. Imagine all the time you would have to spend doing this just to get a bunch of Diggers visiting your site to call you a spammer.

  • Neil Patel

    Brian, I agree with you. I am not a fan of adding links within comments, but there are times when it is appropriate and can drive a lot of traffic.

  • Bryan Liles

    Is SPAM by any other name not SPAM? I find it hard to believe that you would actually suggest doing this.
    I expected more from a blog bearing the 9rules logo.

  • Neil Patel

    Bryan, I hope I did not offend you in away way. The goal of this article is to show how others are getting traffic from Digg by commenting.
    Maybe I should have wrote the article from a different perspective.

  • mad4

    I got a site banned for doing exactly this about a year ago. The article was related to the site. Not worth the risk IMO.

  • Neil Patel

    Mad4, thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Dave Dugdale

    Thanks for the heads up, I better get spamming, oops i mean commenting.

  • Adam Audette

    It’s an efficient way to get some easy traffic. Problems – you’re spamming (even if you add quality comments you’re intentionally making them noteworthy to elicit a click response), you’re capturing the Digg or Slashdot or [insert] demographic which may not be the best converting depending on your niche, and you’re spending valuable time that could be put to better use. I think this method works best when content on your site truly dovetails with the content on digg, slash, etc. Then your comments and link become add-on to the original post, they’ll get the best response, and you won’t look like a total tool. 🙂

  • Josh

    Im in agreement with the rest of the commenters. I think commenting on blogs with your homepage link in your name or making a forum post with your link in the signature is a lot less spammy and can still give you results.
    As far as digg goes, there are a lot of haters that pick up on this very thing. If they suspect a spammer, they will devote a whole comment section tearing you and your site apart. Its not worth it in my mind.

  • Jacob Wyke

    Taking it away from the spam conversation a minute – I think that this is true with any blog or forum and is probably easier to do on other sites than on Digg because of the fact people digg down your posts.
    A good comment that is in the first 10 on techcrunch for example has got me over a 100 hits before – and depending on the audience your blog is aimed towards your more likely to get relevant people visiting than on Digg.
    Unless your relying solely on the number of eye-balls for advertising then I think your better off getting 10 people from your target audience, who might subscribe and visit often, than 100 people who arent interested in your particular niche.

  • Zach Katkin

    Great points, never thought about this.