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    How to use Digg : The beginners guide

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    digg logo How to use Digg : The beginners guide After reading many articles across the broad spectrum of the Internet, that promise to make you a power user on Digg within a month’s time, I have come to the conclusion that many of these are utter rubbish and do not provide you with the key ingredients and knowledge to help you become a ravish user on Digg and how you can use Digg.

    Update: Diff has gone under lots of changes in recent past  (2014) and is sold to a new team. If you have heard amazing stories about Digg in context to traffic, all those things are stories of the past. Now, digg doesn’t drive thousands of traffic, and community has died completely in last 1-2 year. It will be hard to blame anyone for Digg downfall, but Kevin rose quitting Digg was biggest set back.

    Digg in 2012 has gone through many changes and key person Kevin rose leaving Digg was a big blowout. But, like any other social bookmarking site, Digg is constantly involving. Earlier, Digg effect used to have great impact on site traffic but now Digg homepage doesn’t give that amount of traffic. But, still hitting Digg front page will help you to get many natural backlinks and your brand will be noticed by many big bloggers. After reading this article I am not promising to make you the next Kevin Rose of Digg but it will give you tips and strategies to use and to subsequently improve your Digg experience.

    There is no exact rules or guidelines for a Digg phenomenon and no one has yet mastered the science of Digg algorithm. But it is important to follow some ground rules to become a part of this social community. This is why Digg has become so popular and it will definitely enhance your Digg experience and make you a success.

    If you used to Digg long time back, Digg has changed a lot and now it’s deeply integrated with Facebook and like Pinterest, you can add your Digg profile to Facebook timeline. If you are completely new to Digg, I suggest to go to their homepage and register/login with Facebook account and see what a great resources you can find on Digg. Though, future of Digg is very uncertain as they are losing subscriber and readers every day and other sites like Reddit, Pinterest is getting constant exposure. Even in latest Penguin algo update, Digg lost 30% search engine visibility. Anyhow, for social media signal digg signals plays a good role and therefor, I will highly recommend to have an active profile on Digg.

    Before you begin to use Digg, have you thought about what is your purpose of using it?

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    A lot of people and private companies use Digg to promote their own articles. Reaching the front page of Digg can lead to a flurry of 20,000 or more visitors reaching your submitted article in a single day. Imagine the kind of exposure for your brand and the increase in advertising revenue available through this increased traffic. But think again, is it really that easy? If it was that easy everyone would have got almost thousands of visitors every day. Even if you have not realized by now, Digg is not the place to constantly promote your own articles. If you are seen to submit your own articles, just to lead to a front-page feature, you will be seen as a  social media spammer within the community and this will definitely not help you in the long run.

    Digg is not a place where you just walk-in and people will welcome with you lots of Dugg, instead it is a place where when you walk in people will welcome you with lots of shouts, messages such as Digg my favorites to be my Digg friend, and some critics who will help you in the end to know your mistakes. Keeping the right approach and little luck is what you need to get noticed on Digg.

    How to use Digg for making your profile stronger:

    Here are some important points to remember when you use Digg:

    • Digg as much as you can and what you find most interesting. Digging articles on the front page and those of popular/active Diggers is also something that will help you.
    • Make comments on articles you like or on the other hand don’t like as well. However the comments should be sensible and constructive!
    • Submit unique, well-developed articles, which the Digg community will enjoy.
    • Look at Digg as a social networking community and make contacts with other users on the site. Making relationships can lead to developing key skills on the Internet and help you in the long run through the Digging of shouts you send.
    • For newbie’s if you are digging people shouts don’t forget to acknowledge them, in this way you will get noticed else you keep digging shouts at others and that will be a waste.
    • An empty profile means you are on Digg for promoting your shouts. It’s better to have a more than complete profile. Provide users with contact medium (AIM, Google Chat) so you can get in touch.
    • Use some profile picture which can make you stand out of the crowd (Don’t use your girl friend’s picture). I suggest using something with yellow background, which is easy to spot between lots of profile. Once you will start digging like me you will understand how any why is it important?

    Digg is a playground where you need to be in on the action to be seen and acknowledged.

    Another point to remember is that when you add friends DO NOT add just as many as you possibly can. You will not possibly be able to keep up with the vast amounts of shouts and submissions every day. Make friends with users who are active in the community, send them a shout; submit interesting articles and they will be interested in you, and you will develop a mutual friendship.

    Remember Digg is a combination of hard work and smart work. Initially you need to work hard to get noticed by the community and the active members. After that it’s your smart work, interesting articles and activity that can double your pop ratio.

    Check the quality of submission, the user’s pop ratio and his number of Digg’s and comments. By doing this you will have an idea of how active and appreciated the user is within the community.

    Though me and Aaron tried to cover all the important points, in case you feel that I missed one or two feel free to shout back.

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    Evy

    hai virgin, nice to be here. I’m Evy. First time visiting your site, I found it from google when searching about something, and here I land :D
    By the way, I use digg to. I like reading good articles there, and sometimes I use it for my online business too from subvert and profit. Also to publish my web there. And last but not least, when we submit our web on digg, google crawl our web very fast, only need 1-2 days to show up on google search engine result. Thanks for your sharing :)

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    Pavan Kumar

    Good one dude… Definitely helpful to the ones who want to startup with digg…

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    rockey

    found it really usefull especially in case of blogspammer thanks a lot for sharing i got this article on right time otherwise i would have been a blog spammer

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    lisa wijaya

    very nice tutorial. I also helped by saad kamal. He is a good friend.

    I almost get lost at Digg until two friend helped me and guide me through the hard time. Now, I still learn and learn from other digger.

    Learning never dies.

    Lisa

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    azulfi

    very useful words… A month ago one of my site was rated spam on digg and because of it i didn’t able to promote that website alot now. But i have learned the lesson from it…..Totally agree with you.

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    P@r@noid

    I understand azulfi how frustrating it is when your site is banned on few top bookmarking and traffic driven site.
    Though thats why every webmaster suggest ” Excess of everything is bad”.
    But you can always write a mail to digg people and ask them to unban your website.

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    Brian

    I loved this posting. You really did a great job breaking down Digg and how to properly integrate yourself within the Digg community. Many of the things you said do not do are rookie mistakes I made. Now that I’m engaging with fellow Diggers and really just enjoying the community, it’s a whole different and rewarding experience. It’s tough work, but in the end it’s worth it.

    I have about 230 or so friends and 400 fans. Most of the fans have the ratio that is pretty terrible. I have a few favorite friends that have posted in this article. Pavan, Azulfi & Lisa. P@r@noid, what’s your Digg name?

    Again, great job. I enjoyed reading your well thought out and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

    Brian

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    Brian

    Yeah, I do the same thing. I stick with mongo22, which confuses everyone. :)

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    P@r@noid

    Thanks for dropping by brian.
    Most of these mistakes I made when I started digging two years back and digg and social networking is something which you learn by mistakes and experience.

    Right now I have 250 active Digg mutuals and 500 fans.
    i wish if i can accept them but most of the profile are from people who pop once in a while or else they are blogspammer and I considered digging using feeds so few time I miss to read some items which I digg when its from my freinds submission so I better try to have quality 200 frds rather then quantity one.

    here is my Digg profile

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    Nina

    Thanks! This is gold for a newbie like me. I was starting to feel overwhelmed.

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    P@r@noid

    @ Brian I would rather try to stick with an individual ID p@r@noid or denharsh
    Virgintech is something I had to pick as I was not left with better option.

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    P@r@noid

    @ JIm and @ Nina

    Thanks for the acknowledgment, In case if you want to know more or any question regarding Digg you can drop a message here, Either me or someone from power digger team will answer your query

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    Sachin BHutani

    Hi

    I found really good information from here but i m still confused with some points.

    1. How many shouts we can make in a day with we will not get spammer in digg community.

    2. most of the popular diggers have thousands of fans how they communicate with there fans.

    3. once you subbmit your new subbmition how you talk to your fans about that.

    Waiting for some response

    thanks
    Sachin

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    P@r@noid

    @ Sachin
    As per record there is no limit for shouts but shouts always hamper your submissions.

    Well…There are good ways like twitter, IM which is feasible and reachable both. Do you really think power digger need to communicate with all the thousand fans ?
    Once you have created an identity for your self as power digger or guy who submit great posts. People will automatically recognize you.

    I hope i answered your query..Feel free to put any other query if you have.

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    Gautam

    You should also make a post on Digg Basics which should cover what is Digg & what are shouts, etc with Screenshots.

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    P@r@noid

    @ Gautam
    I will keep that in mind and I will make one post on Digg and stumble basic for sure very soon.
    Right now Im working on Stumble upon: The beginners guide.
    Will start writing post on Digg n Stumble upon Basic guide after this.

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    Marlene

    I was active on Digg before but some people were sending shouts more than twice a day and my mailbox was overloaded. I remember one dugg(er) complained about it too. But I agree that Digg needs hardwork to achieve the attention you deserve.

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    Raseel

    Nice good clean to-the-point article. You earned my RSS feed subscription.

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    LoneWolf

    I tried Digg a couple of months ago, and I just couldn’t see how to make good use of it at the time. I suppose that I’ll have to come back to Digg at some point, but for now I’m focusing on learning the ropes in Twitter and StumbleUpon.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    DIgg need lots of time and good quality. Its a place worth spending time.. be there for a while and I’m sure you will fall in love with Digg community.

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    LoneWolf

    The problem that I have is limited access speed so everything takes 5 to 10 times longer for me. Once the broadband access makes it here then I’ll have more time to spend with Digg. Delicious and Twitter are a quicker turn around (although Twitter is slowing down lately) and make it easier to use them.

    I will be back to Digg soon though.

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    PShankar

    Nice article and very good introduction, I did not know about Digg before.

    By the way, your site takes time to load (10 secs or more with my 15mbps connection).

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Shankar last time I took the speed test of my blog it comes out to be 7 sec. Though I think it might be because of the Server or social widgets I’m using.

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    venkat

    Very useful for new digg starter like me ,hope to learn more things from your blog in future.

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    Brian

    As I mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of this post. The way you broke down the ins and outs of Digg helped me quite a bit when starting Digg. Though I never have the time to get back into Digg at this time, I’ll definitely be referring to this post in the future once I get more time.

    If Digg had a simple and easy to use iPhone or Blackberry App, I’d be back on board. That’s why I’ve fully engaged in Twitter, it’s a little more flexible and I do all my tweeting from my iPod Touch when I’m in my bed, on the couch, etc.

    If you know of a good Digg App, please let me know.

    Brian

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    Amal Roy

    This Post is Worth. I had finally made it to the digg fp 2 times. And as you said it was a sudden boom of visitors to my site. Digg is just a good place i love. Keep going.

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    Paramendra Bhagat

    I signed up for both Digg and StumbleUpon a long time ago, but have not really used either, although I am an avid user of Twitter. Am I missing out?

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    Bonnie Browne

    I “stumbled upon” this site accidentally and am grateful that I did. Appreciate the tips that you have passed on. I have been into digg a number of times, usually when time is limited, and just got out again. So am looking forward to tackling both digg and stumble upon with renewed vigor.

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