Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk about the new Digg. Hundreds of people in the search engine marketing industry are upset that their old “power user” techniques no longer work. But Digg is still one of the most popular social media communities and no matter how irritating it is you have to adapt to their changes. To help my readers with this process, I have composed the following list of top 10 mistakes to avoid on the new Digg.

1. Adding too many friends – as you probably already know Digg now undervalues the votes of any one who is on the submitter’s friends list. So the days of having 1,000 friends and getting a story to the front page within minutes are gone.

2. Using a boring title or description – this is even more important than it was before as Digg now places much more attention on getting random Diggs. The best way to convince users to Digg your article is with a title and description that not only catches their eyes but also encourages them to read the articles.

3. Leaving the standard icon – some bloggers have joked that you need to leave the standard image as your icon but this is 100% not true. You still want to make sure that you have a bright and memorable image for an icon.

4. Only submitting content from one domain – this was bad with Digg before they made the new changes, but it is even worse now. You need to submit content from dozens of different domains if you want any of your submissions to get attention.

5. Not commenting on articles – now that having a huge friends list is a bad thing, the best way to get yourself noticed on Digg is by your activity. This includes making good submissions AND making frequent comments on articles.

6. Only Digging popular articles – to get your account attention you need to Digg articles when they are still deemed “upcoming.” It’s also a good idea to comment on these articles because if it becomes popular your comment will be at the top.

7. Sending shouts for every submission – if you send shout outs for every submission you make then it will look like you are only using Digg to get traffic. You should try to submit regularly and only send shouts every once in a while.

8. Not Digging any shouts received – yes friends Digg’s are not counted as very strong votes, but that does not mean you shouldn’t Digg any of your friends submissions. It is still good to be active on Digg and voting for friends content is still a good way to do so.

9. Only submitting in “boring” categories – with the old Digg bloggers often suggest to submit an article to an obscure category as a way to get it more attention. The opposite is true now, you want to submit your content to popular articles so they can get as much exposure as possible.

10. Not adding any friends – even though Diggs from friends will not make an article popular, they still can get it listed prominently in the “upcoming” section. So having some friends is still important, but just don’t add too many. I would say it’s probably best to stay under 100 friends

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15Feb08

1. Link Out to Other Blogs

As I have mentioned before, if you link to other blogs then it will help you get attention. Bloggers monitor their inbound links very closely and if you provide a link to another blog then chances are the blogger will see. This is especially true if the link sends any traffic.

2. Comment on Other Blogs

Commenting on blogs is another great way to get quality links without looking too desperate. By making a thoughtful comment you can get the attention of the blogger, who is likely to visit your blog and reciprocate. Additionally, a lot of blogging platforms allow you to include a link to your site in comments so you can get a free link just by commenting. But do not post dozens of comments just for free links as this is considered comment spam.

3. Email Blogroll Link Exchanges

If you want to take the direct approach then you can send emails to bloggers asking for blogroll link exchanges. However, do not let the email sound too desperate by just asking for a free link. Instead, tell the blogger that you thought their visitors might be interested in reading your blog since it is on a similar topic. Also, it never hurts to compliment the blogger by saying something like “I read your blog all the time,” or “I have been visiting your blog for years,” etc.

4. Email Them Something for Free

A less direct approach then asking for a link is to offer the blogger something for free without even mentioning links. In my experience I have found this to be one of the most effective tactics for getting links. However, make sure your email does not sound like an obvious ploy to get links. You should just tell the blogger that you like their blog and thought they might enjoy the free product. If the product is of any value then odds are the blogger will want to share it with their readers.

5. Submit Your Content To a Niche Community

If you want to get blog links from a piece of link bait then you should submit it to a community related to the topic of your blog. Most bloggers browse these communities frequently for content to blog about and will link to your blog if it contains a good peice of link bait. Check out our list of 70 social media communities if you are looking for good places to submit your content.



I had wanted to put together a list of social media communities for a while now, but I couldn’t think of a good way to organize them. So I got to thinking about what helps me decide if it’s worth it to participate in a social community. Most of the time when I am looking for a community I want to find one that will help build links for a website I’m working on. Therefore I decided to list the communities by their inbound link counts as determined by Yahoo. Enjoy the list below of the top 70 social media communities, and feel free to email me if you know of a community not featured on this list.

1. Del.icio.us – 34,500,000

2. StumbleUpon – 15,900,000

3. Digg – 14,500,000

4. Reddit – 11,600,000

5. SlashDot – 10,200,000

6. Simply – 5,940,000

7. Propeller – 5,090,000

8. NewsVine – 4,460,000

9. Multiply – 2,950,000

10. Fark – 2,910,000

11. LipStick – 2,660,000

12. MetaFilter – 1,980,000

13. Care2 – 1,980,000

14. Kaboodle – 1,810,000

15. BallHype – 1,300,000

16. I Am Bored – 1,060,000

17. Meneame – 722,000

18. Plime – 588,000

19. BibSonomy – 549,000

20. NowPublic – 501,000

21. Kinja – 497,000

22. Searchles – 483,000

23. Dzone – 429,000

24. IndianPad – 409,000

25. ShowHype – 371,000

26. Sk*rt – 249,000

27. Mixx – 243,000

28. ShoutWire – 227,000

29. Faves – 211,000

30. LinkFilter – 198,000

31. BuzzFlash – 161,000

32. CoRank – 130,000

33. SmallBusinessBrief – 120,000

34. myVmarks – 101,000

35. Listible – 96,600

36. Sphinn – 92,700

37. LinkInn – 80,300

38. AutoSpies – 69,990

39. BmAccess – 34,800

40. HypeDiss – 33,300

41.Truemors – 28,000

42. Hugg – 26,000

43. WineLifeToday – 25,000

44. I Like Totally Love It – 21,400

45. Value Interesting News – 20,000

46. LinkAGoGo – 19,600

47. TeenWag – 17,700

48. JumpTags – 17,600

49. PlugIM – 14,000

50. Zlitt – 12,400

51. DotNetKicks – 12,000

52. A1 Webmarks – 11,700

53. memFrag – 10,300

54. DNhour – 9,810

55. Multi – 8,650

56. Tweako – 8,380

57. SyncOne – 5,440

58. WireFan – 4,850

59. MyLinkVault – 4,760

60. NewsCloud – 2,820

61. Wordsy – 2,670

62. MyPickList – 2,380

63. Connectedy – 2,370

64. HubSpot – 1,940

65. SpotBack – 681

66. Yattle – 305

67. NewsWeight – 200

68. EarthFrisks – 169

69. TeDigo – 143

70. SocialLogs – 114


TGIF!!

08Feb08

With all the commotion surrounding Microsoft’s offer to purchase Yahoo I realized that I didn’t really know much about Yahoo. So I did a little research and gathered the following 10 interesting facts about Yahoo.

1. Stanford Student’s Jerry Yang and David Filo first started Yahoo! in February of 1994 to keep track of their own interests online. They named their project “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web.”

2. In April the name of Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web was changed to Yahoo, which is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

3. Yang and Filo added the exclamation point to the end of Yahoo! because “Yahoo” was already owned by a company that produced BBQ sauce.

4. The owners of Yahoo considered buying Google before went public. However, at the time Yahoo decided that a few billion dollars was too much to pay to buy out their competitor.

5. Yahoo’s email service, which they purchased from Four11 in 1997, is still considered to be the most popular email program in America.

6. In 2006 Yahoo’s image search gained criticism for displaying sexually explicit images in their results, even when the SafeSearch was on. Less than a year later the image search feature was shut down and replaced with Yahoo’s recently acquired Flickr photo sharing community.

7. Yahoo currently owns and operates over fifty different web properties, most of which are sites that gained popularity before being acquired by Yahoo. Some examples include Geocities, Yahoo! Games, Del.icio.us, Flickr, and Upcoming.org.

8. One of Yahoo’s highest priced acquisitions was Broadcast.com, which they paid a reported $5.7 billion for. On the other hand, their cheapest acquisition was their purchase of Net Controls for slightly over $1 million in 1997.

9. In March of 2005 Yahoo celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary by giving away free Baskin Robins ice cream coupons to all of their users.

10. Yahoo began as a project created by two individuals and has grown to employ estimated 13,000 full time individuals.