Digg for Twitter Moms & Beginners Part 2
This is the second of 3 parts of my beginner article series on Digg. Here’s part one on how and why to use Digg for twitter moms and beginners.
Here are the best practices for using Digg (doing these makes Digg worth your time investment, otherwise it can suck your time like a black hole):
Don’t friend your friends
You probably have internet friends who you travel around the internet with. You may even have a tight knit inner circle as I know the Twitter moms group is one such example.
It seems like common sense to all sign up for a Digg account and friend each other in Digg. But don’t.
Its counterintuitive but Digg gives less weight to Diggs gotten from your friends. Digg only knows your friends when you’re mutual friends inside Digg. The Digg algorithm sees your voting habits and when you vote on the same group of friends submissions it gives your vote less weight.
As Digg sees it you’re way more likely to vote on a friend’s story even if you don’t particularly like that story or it’s of lesser quality simply because of your connection to your friend.
Far better, to communicate with your Twitter moms friends and other internet tribes you have through Instant messenger or Skype. Have them vote on your stories direct from your blog by having the Digg badge on your blog. Digg sees this as them actually reading the story because it knows they came from the blog page and so their vote is way more heavily weighted.
Friend 20-50 of the top 1000 diggers
It’s good to friend 20 to 50 of the top 1000 diggers so you’ll have some good quality stories to Digg and can start building your account history. The more account history you have the more likely people who come by your profile will be to friend you as well as start digging and voting on your stories and even leaving comments.
This is what any social news community is all about and comments are especially valuable. It’s rumored they count for anywhere from 2-5 times the value of a Digg and as an added benefit get you pushed up the recommendation engine. This means more exposure and therefore a far greater chance of getting to the coveted home page.
Also, each time someone friends you it’s a link from their page to yours which increases the power of your profile and the amount of incoming links you have. This is very good for your search ranking because any sites you link out to from your profile will have a more heavily weighted incoming link which increases your search engine rankings.
So where do you find a list of the top 1000 diggers? Here’s a top 1000 Digg list I found and used myself.
Build Your Account Into a Power Profile
You do this by doing 100 diggs per day (or more if your time schedule allows), and 2-3 comments per day, start at your friends’ submissions (those top 20-30 Diggers you friended) then move into the upcoming section, and the main categories because it helps build your account and each Digg links to your profile (which is a good thing for you).
When you befriend somebody it’s a one-way deal. You link from your profile page to their profile page and you are called a ‘fan’. What you want to be is mutual friends with the top 20 to 30 diggers you’ve chosen.
The best way to get them to friend you back (which creates a link from their page which is much more powerful than yours meaning you’ve got a powerful incoming link to your profile page) is the old “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”.
This is nothing new and straight common sense but the more you Digg their stories which will help them get more exposure and build their brand the more likely they’ll be to friend you and help you out. It’s the law of reciprocation.
Within any social site and Digg is no exception the more activity you have and the more you help others the better the results you’ll get.
You may even get to a point where you can simply submit a story and expect to get between 50 and 100 Diggs without doing any work just because people who are your friends and your fans will be digging your stuff because you’re active and they want to get your attention. That’s the ultimate goal.
There may be some questions you have so post those in the comments and I’ll be glad to get those answers to you.
Also if you have comments or suggestions which have worked well for you within the Digg community post them here so your fellow Twitter moms and our entire family parenting community will benefit. I look forward to your comments and questions.