Digg for Twitter Moms & Beginners Part 3
Don’t submit your own stuff
This is a bit counter intuitive so let me explain. The whole reason to build a power profile on Digg is to get more exposure, visitors, and ultimately profits into your bank account. To do this you have to get your site on Digg and promoted there so you can get the power links and direct visitors.
So there’s basically two ways to go about this and I’ll explain the pros and cons of each.
The only way Digg will know what website is yours is by you excessively posting stories from the same domain or you posting links on your profile to websites you own.
So you can just not post links to your websites onto your profile and then mix in submissions from your own sites within the other submissions from the big news sites you are doing to build your account.
This way you’re getting your own stories submitted without tipping off Digg because you’ve got a variety of domains which stories you submit come from. I recommend keeping it at a 10% to 20% ratio meaning only 10% to 20% of your submissions are from post on your own sites and the rest are from sites on the Internet.
This will keep you safe and avoid the Digg algorithm devaluing your boats.
Pros — this way is quick and easy and you have complete control over which stories you submit and when.
Cons — once you’ve built your powerful profile you won’t have the direct link from your PR 3, 4 or even PR 7 or 8 power link. This link could really help whatever page you choose to rank much higher in Google because you can also use anchor text in your link and you control the amount of outgoing links from the page (fewer outgoing links from a page make each link more powerful).
You post the link to the website and/or specific pages you want to link to right in your profile with the anchor text of the keywords you want to rank higher for. This tells Digg right up front which websites are your own but once you’re profile gets more and more power the link weight from that page to your various webpages will give you increasing ranking in the search engines.
Obviously, should you choose this option you don’t want to submit stories from those domains which are showing on your profile because they definitely knows these are your own sites.
In option 1 I recommended only 10% to 20% of your stories come from domains you own. Should you choose to submit some of your own stuff using option 2, I recommend only 1% to 2% of your submissions be from domains you own.
It’s a bit risky for the Digg algorithm but you could probably get away with that low of a percentage.
I can hear you asking right now “So how do I get my stories into Digg if I can’t submit them myself?”
This is where the power of Twitter moms and any other Internet friends you have out there comes into play. This is the buddy system at its best and most basic.
I recommend you have 2 – 3 friends you trust who are also building powerful Digg profiles to submit your story and also in return you will submit theirs. Of course you don’t want them to link to your site from their profile nor do you want to link to their websites from your profile.
Having 2 – 3 of these friends will definitely guarantee if one or the other is online it’s likely you can get a hold of at least one of them in a fairly timely fashion. You should have Twitter, Skype and even a cell phone or land line to be able to reach these two to three friends and talk with them live in real time. Connecting with them on any of the instant messengers is okay but I definitely recommend audio connection.
Pros — you get a powerful incoming link to your site’s from your digg profile which is growing in reputation, trust rank, authority as you continue to build your profile and activity.
Cons — you lose some control over when your stories are submitted because your dependent on other people. And it takes a bit of effort to contact these people, paste them the title and description you want used, and verify they posted it for you.
Put Digg button in your blog template so it appears at top of every blog post
Votes directly from your blog count for more within Digg. Digg.com can read where the Digg comes from and since they want users to read the stories members post, getting a vote directly from your blog page tells Digg the person voting actually read your story (this may or may not be true but that’s how the Digg algorithm sees it and assigns much heavier weight to those votes compared to votes coming from when you’re on Digg.com voting on stories directly there)
Be part of a Digg email group
(or IM group) because again Diggs coming from off-site and non-friends count for more. When Digg sees you vote for a mutual friends story it gets 1 weight. When you vote for a random story it gives your vote more weight.
Being part of an e-mail group allows you to have a network which can Digg your stories directly from your blog.
You can join the digg parenting e-mail community here by just entering your email in the box:
for notifications and to post your worthy stories. We do expect you to participate and Digg the stories we send out through e-mail. We’ll have tracking to see who is active and only those who are active will get stories published through to the group because it’s only fair this way. Those who do nothing should get nothing.
Don’t only vote on a set group of users stories
Or your vote will be devalued. Don’t only submit stories from 1-2 domains. Submit stories from many different domains to avoid any “Digg slap” which is where votes from your account get devalued if they believe you only vote for friends stories and only submit your own stories from domains/blogs you own.
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.