Most new Digg users are baffled with the amount of information and resources that exists on how to get to the front page of Digg. I’ve read many articles suggesting that adding thousands of friends, submitting hundreds of stories per month, or simply going on a digg and commenting rampage will help you get to the front page. As you may have found out, none of these strategies work when trying to build an authoritative profile on Digg or getting stories on the front page. Here are some determining factors and theories that are important when promoting stories to hit Digg’s front page.

Digg-Worthy Content – The #1 factor in hitting the front page of Digg is submitting the highest quality content. If you submit a good story it will hit the front page naturally with minimal promotion efforts. Top 10 lists seem to do very well along with breaking news. Be sure to write a catchy title and description when submitting your story to Digg. This is your first chance at getting people to vote for your story. Refer to dosh dosh’s post on how to create digg-friendly content using Cracked.com’s Template for help in this process. Also, be sure not too submit duplicate stories because Digg users love to bury them.

Story Topic – Digg users enjoy a wide range of topics but certain niches do better than others. Technology, business, comedy, and politics make the front page of digg more often then science, gaming, entertainment, and sports.

Time Sensitive (Coinciding) Submissions – A submission that coincides with current events is usually more likely to be dugg. Prime examples of this are Olympic related stories during the 2008 Olympics season and political related stories during the 2008 presidential election season.

Domain – The domain directly effects the likeliness of a story hitting the front page of Digg. Digg trusts a short list of sites that deliver the highest quality articles and news in their industries. These sites include:

  1. YouTube
  2. ARS Technica
  3. Huffington Post
  4. NY Times
  5. Gizmodo
  6. Cracked
  7. CNN
  8. Engadget
  9. BBC News
  10. Yahoo News

For a more extensive list of trusted domains check out the Top 100 Sites on Digg’s Front Page.

Digg User Authority – If you are one of the top 100 users on Digg (in terms of front page diggs) you have a higher chance of hitting the front page of Digg. It was said in the past that the Top 100 Digg Users Control 56% of Digg’s HomePage Content, I don’t believe this number is completely accurate anymore but it is close. I would say its somewhere in the 30-50% range after launch of the Digg recommendation engine.

Digging from Unique Locations – When getting digg’s for your story be sure to get them from unique sources. This includes:

  • Natural diggs through the recommendation engine
  • Diggs from non-friends
  • Diggs from the original article page
  • Diggs in the "all" upcoming section – http://digg.com/all/upcoming
  • Diggs in the "category" upcoming section – http://digg.com/apple/upcoming
  • Diggs from the "hot" section on the right side of the upcoming section. *You can also sort upcoming section using the most recent, most diggs, and most comments tabs to get votes from these locations.

Get Votes – The following resources are great ways to get votes for your stories, but don’t use any excessively or your story will get buried.

  • Digg Shout – Using the digg shout function is a great way to get votes, but it would be a good idea to use it one time per story. Shouting more than once looks spammy and will negatively effect your submissions chances of hitting the front page Digg.
  • Digg Favorites – Adding the story to your favorites is a great way to get more overall views and possible votes for you story. Each time a user visits your profile they will see the story at the top of your page.
  • Instant Messenger -Using Google Talk, Yahoo chat, (AIM) AOL instant messenger, and MSN chats are very helpful when getting votes for your story.
  • Twitter – If you have an authoritative twitter profile with a nice following than asking for votes from your friends can help push your story.
  • E-Mail – If you communicate with your friends or colleagues through e-mail most often, then sharing your story via e-mail could help spread the word and get you votes.

Friends vs. Non Friends Digg Ratio – The amount of Digg’s you’ve received from friends vs. non-friends per submission. You can easily check how many digg you’ve received from friends vs. non friends by going to your stories url, clicking on the Who Dugg It? tab just right of the comments tab. You can also reach this page by adding a /who to the end of the url, example provided below:

http://digg.com/business_finance/The_difference_between_a_living_trust_and_a_living_will/who

The goal of viewing the who dugg module in Digg is to check your friends vs. non-friends digg ratio. When you’ve received diggs only from your Digg friends it doesn’t look like a naturaly voting pattern. It’s a much better tactic to have 50% of your votes come from your digg friends and 50% from non-friends. This tells the Digg engine that people have naturally Dugg your story without overusing digg’s profile leverage. The friend vs. non-friend Digg ratio can be calculated very easily using the following equation:

# of Digg from Friends = Friend Digg Ratio Total Diggs

# of Digg from Non-Friends = Non-friend Digg Ratio Total Diggs

Conclusion

Digg’s algorithm is constantly evolving to provide the best news on its home page: the recommendation engine was implemented, bad users were permanently banned from Digg, and the algorithm was changed to make it more difficult for users to &quot

;influence the system." Consequently, users have to grow with the Digg community and adapt to the algorithm changes. Hopefully this article has provided some value for those who want become active Digg users and have front page success.

 

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FirstDigg • 9 years ago

Don't forget to check out http://SocialBlade.com for all sorts of statistics on digg front page stories. How many diggs it took to get there, # of diggs from friends, etc. Also has list of banned users in the digg graveyard.

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Balaji • 9 years ago

Hi , You way to hit dig's fron page is really a worthy information. Can you please give me an interview to post on my blog about hitting the Digg's front page?. My blog is just a new one and doesnt have so much of visitors but am engaged totally to promote it. Looking forward to hear from you. Regards, Prakash Balaji

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Guillermo Bravo • 9 years ago

Thank You for the comment Prakash, yes I'd be willing to do an interview with you for your SEO Blog.  What is the best way to get in contact with you?

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seobro • 9 years ago

Imagine my inDIGGnation when I broke a major story, well, not as big as the Hudson Miracle, but up there and got only three diggs and then a day later when the story was old hat and there were 15 copycats with my desc and pic. Suddenly a power DIGGer jumps in and gets in less than one hour over 500 votes, c'mon like he stole my story. I was spittin' mad, and then some!

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kartik • 9 years ago

HP( The Social Computing lab) has released a research papers,which show corelation between the popularity of your post or content on Digg and the time when you submit your post or content to digg. According to this research the best time to submit a new post or story on Digg is a weekday afternoon in the US. So, if you are live on the other side of the world , make sure you postpone all Digg submissions until midnight for maximum diggs exposure and do take a Digg-break on weekends.read more at http://useful-informations.blogspot.com/2009/08/best-time-to-digg-your-postwant-that.html

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