Don’t Submit this Story to Digg

BuriedWarning: submitting this story to Digg will result in a quick burial.

Over the last two months, we’ve had a lot of fun with this blog, thinking of stories and headlines that would appeal to social media users.  Since social news is the topic, we didn’t think it would be that hard.  All three of us are active on several SM sites with friends who are even more active.  It was the perfect fit.

After 8 stories that made the front page of Digg, we have officially pissed some people off.  It’s my fault for being too arrogant, too greedy, too addicted to the traffic boost and mass exposure.  We used a ton of “digg bait” that has proven to be our downfall.

As an experienced Digger told me yesterday, “here’s the thing, digg, it seems, gets annoyed if a small bloggers gets too much attention.”  At that point, it really hit home.  Too much attention. Makes sense.

With headlines like Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives and Digg is from Mars, Reddit is from Uranus, it was clear to most that the intention of the stories was to get social media readers.  We wanted to go popular and we did what we thought would work.

Whether it’s the fabled “autobury” status Copyblogger suffers from (which is unlikely, since our blog is probably too small for that) or if we just made enough people angry to grab the handful of Spam buries that it takes to kill a story, it is officially not possible for a story submitted from this blog to make it more than a few hours before being removed from the Upcoming section.

Nothing changes on our end, though.  We’ve picked up a nice amount of subscribers, plus the stories still do very well on other social media websites, so the original goal of offering opinions, analysis, and even the occasional news story about social media will continue.

Digg, it was fun while it lasted.  Maybe someday we’ll make it back into your good graces.  Until then, you’ll be missed.

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About JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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  1. So… I guess I would be considered a ‘power digger’ since I am ranked in the top 100….

    Because of that, I don’t want to say who I am. But I just want to say that this blog offers great information about Social Media, and that it’s a shame that digg has done this too you.

    I’ve seen countless amounts of blogs & websites become banned or ‘auto-bury’ because they somewhat challenge digg.

    This will be the downfall of digg, it’s only a matter of time… I’m estimating within the next 18months.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Have some balls “Fake Name”, if you want to flaunt that you are a “top 100″ user at least have the decency to back it up with hard facts. I am a Digg Top 50 user, hah!

    Although I completely agree with “Fake Name”. In fact, I’m giving Digg a rest for a while as I pursue other social networks. I have really found a liking to StumbleUpon, the community is much friendlier and content lives much longer.

    It’s true, Digg can be a great way to get extra exposure for your site, but be ready to have a sudden increase of pointless traffic to your site. StumbleUpon users seem to spend more time on your site, participate more and come back time and again.

  3. Thanks for the replies, guys, as well as the support. This particular story was submitted by someone (probably one of the potential “haters” mentioned above) who created a bodus account specifically to submit the story. It started doing pretty well, actually, once I shouted it to my friends. Hit the upcoming in its ironic topic of choice – humor – less than an hour after I shouted it.

    About 20 minutes later, it was buried.

    I’m resubmitting it now, just to do ONE FINAL TEST. After submitting this comment, it will take me to the comment URL, which is different from the primary in Digg’s eyes. Then, we will time it to see how long it takes to get buried from 1 am PST. My guess, based upon recent history, is that it will make it through to the American Sunday morning and be buried by 10 am.

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