I have built up my blog to quite a large readership by writing in depth thoughtful articles.
To be honest, I am writing this not for the traffic I haven’t received, but because the stories I write about often need a different perspective, or the companies I write about are newsworthy.
Maybe my site for some reason is on autobury, though I have no idea why that might be the case. Whilst my site does cover marketing and SEO related content sometimes, I wouldn’t dream of encouraging that content to be submitted to Digg in any way.
However when I write about other topics, such as various social networks, often my coverage covers a lot more angles than is normally presented on many technology blogs. I rarely get press releases sent to me, so all the content is 100% original material based on real usage.
Take for example MyBlogLog
They are actually a competitor of Blogcatalog, a company I do some minor consulting with, but I still have more in depth coverage of everything to do with MyBlogLog than any other site, including their own blog.
I wrote an article yesterday that was a little critical of the service and their new lifestreaming, but it was constructive. I doubt anyone from the MyBlogLog team would bury it.
Whilst I was asleep, someone submitted my story to Digg
Honestly you couldn’t beg for a worse description for the story, but whilst I was asleep it gathered votes, and when I woke up I notice a small amount of traffic in my stats.
I took a glance at Digg, and I saw that there were 29 votes for the story already, and only one of the votes was from someone on my friends list. I am not a highly active Digg user, but I am a well known blogger with a large following, thus I attract friends, many of which I have not reciprocated.
I know many of the Digg top users casually mainly through other social network, but whilst at times many have been mutual friends with me on Digg, they know I am not a frequent user, thus sometimes I get removed from their friends list. I don’t look at that as any kind of negative vote – the Digg interface currently is a little awkward if you have more than 100 mutual friends listed, and it is much better to be friends with active users.
However the people voting on the story were unknown to me.
I delved a little deeper and looked at previous articles about MyBlogLog on Digg. The last story about them that went popular was over 1 year ago, and that was when Shoemoney was banned.
The only story to come close since then was an interview with the MBL product manager on Collective-Thoughts.com, a blog where I am also the author.
Apparently not in Digg. It got buried in 2 hours flat.
What the heck happened?
Maybe there is some kind of keyword blocking on the term “MyBlogLog” – there is certainly lots of spam on Digg with stories using the word, from blogs that for some stupid reason submit every one of their articles to Digg – probably just for backlinks.
It is also possible that some people monitor specific terms to bury articles about specific topics, or specific sites. That would probably then class as abuse and would be something for Digg management to look into.
I delved back through every story submitted about MyBlogLog in the last year.
Digg Please Ban My Site
If you have decided my blog isn’t suitable for whatever reason for a Digg audience, please just ban me totally – honestly it is misleading your users if they think they can vote for a story because they honestly think it is newsworthy, and for some algorithm or black flag to automatically determine the news isn’t news because it is from my domain.
Unlike most, I have come to realise I don’t mind being black flagged, but if I am in some way black flagged, make it real – tell people that content from my site isn’t worthy of a Digg audience.
Hidden Penalties Are Deceptive
As previously stated, I am writing this on behalf of the sites I write about and my users. I grew to 3000+ subscribers for this blog without any articles reaching the Digg front page, and without gaming social media.
It would be nice for the sites I write about to gain some additional exposure when they have something newsworthy to write about, but above all I am sick of people voting for my content knowing the votes are worthless.
I made a rare exception and submitted this article myself to Digg as I thought that would be the best way to “reach out” about this situation. I didn’t think it was appropriate for someone else to submit it on my behalf.
I wonder if anyone on the Digg staff even read the article?