Do you Digg and Stumble on Request?

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Posted 09 Jul 2008 in Better Blogger

DefeatedEveryone wants internet fame, myself included. Perhaps one of the most popular ways to get internet fame today is to hit the front page on Digg, get a billion and twenty five Stumbles (thumbs up) on StumbleUpon.

There are many ways to get internet popularity – but I’ll focus on the two that I think conflict and complement each other the most. Digging and Stumbling upon request from the author (or a friend), or only Digging and Stumbling articles that you genuinely enjoy.

I read over 100 feeds a day – that is hundreds of articles per day, thousands of articles per week and I often get emails from blog authors asking me to Digg or Stumble their posts. For a while there, I was trying to be a “good” online friend and Dugg and Stumbled posts when asked, but I realized that I was sacrificing the value of my vote for the “value” of being a “good” online friend.

Now, I’m practicing Digging and Stumbling posts that I feel are of good quality – do they have great grammar/style/appearance? Does the author have some authority on the subject, or are they just making up posts to generate traffic?

A few things that will turn me off from a post – no matter how interesting the subject matter:

  • A lot of grammatical errors; we will all make grammatical errors, but try to minimize them with editing and proofreading. If English is not your first language, have an English-speaking friend read your posts, to make sure that you are using syntax that is used in “real life.” I’ve noticed from teaching English to non-native speakers that English can be difficult to read and write, especially for those who are relatively new to English!
  • Does your post make sense? Or are you trying to cram 20 different ideas into one post? It is one thing to have a post that follows a specific theme or to have a post that connects topics like cats, airplanes, SEO and cell phones (unless you know of a cell phone using cat who knows SEO and flew an airplane to New Mexico – but if you honestly do, perhaps you should be hanging out with the cat instead of blogging! 😆 )
  • Long posts can be informative, helpful and even entertaining. However, break things up a little bit. Don’t use one big paragraph for your entire post – nobody will read that! On the same token, use pictures and bullet points to break up the monotony of a longer article. Write your article so that a reviewer or somene doing a quick “read-by” can quickly acertain the point of your post – and either hang around and read it, or go on elsewhere.

008/365 Ouch.Does Digging and Stumbling posts give you a huge boost in readers/traffic? In a recent discussion about this, Daniel from Hack Your Day says that actually reviewing a Stumbled or Dugg post gives a website up to 400 visitors. Sounds like a lot of people, but only 3-4% of them will become return visitors. That’s 12-16 repeat visitors on average!

I can infer that if you just Digg or Stumble a post, you are not going to generate as much traffic – people want to know what drew you to the article – and if you don’t say a word, they may assume that you just Dugg or Stumbled the post on request, rather than because you really enjoyed it.

Use your Diggs and Stumbles wisely – the value of them may not seem like much – but 12-16 repeat visitors over time can add up to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of new readers per month!

So what say you? Do you Digg and Stumble on Request? Or do you only Digg and Stumble articles that you enjoy or find some value in? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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  1. I guess if someone asked me to Stumble or Digg an article that I didn’t like I would have some reservations. But sometimes I find myself Digging an article that I don’t necessarily think is great just to break up the monotony of the content that seems to continually to make it to the front page. I am so tired of the same old articles.

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    • I definitely think that Digg can be biased, but it feels OH SO GOOD when you get dozens or hundreds of Diggs! It is a lot more visible IMHO than StumbleUpon when it comes to seeing how popular an article you wrote is.

  2. Another well-thought out post – worth a digg :) I have been known to digg and stumble on request, but often because someone has done the same for me, in this case I will find a post worthy of a digg rather than randomly digg. I appreciate that the ‘quality’ of a requested vote is of lesser perceived value than an organic vote, but as no-one is likely to take the trouble to assess the quality of your voting, I guess it doesn’t really matter…
    However your points are valid, I would not vote for a badly written article or one that did not make good sense to me, and I also think that you should make a public note of WHY you voted for an article.
    I have been having a lot of joy with stumbleupon lately, although short-lived, the quantity of traffic generated through stumble was far and away superior to anything I’ve seen from digg…
    I posted about adding digg widgets to a blogger template and it turns out that stumbleupon widgets can be inserted in exactly the same way, so now I have colour-keyed digg and stumble widgets on every post on all my ‘blogger’ blogs now…

  3. I like the new widgets – they are pretty neat and work well with the site design! Are they easily customizable???

    StumbleUpon definitely provides more/better traffic. Having a great post title also helps when you are trying to get Digg traffic.

  4. Ellie, great post.

    I’ve danced around this topic lately and I think you’ve summed up some great points here.

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  5. I have done it on request but have to say if it is something that may make me look bad overall as a Stumbler or Digger, I’ll have to pass it by. But, 95 percent I will do my duty. Not that many idiots out there trying to promote stupidity and then ask you to help them promote. Not that I’ve run into anyway.


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  6. For those has problem very much with their grammar, you can try WhiteSmoke software. I had try it once (sure as a trial) and it really good. I had use it for my pregnancy information blog that I don’t grammar mistake on it.

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  7. in reply to your reply… you can change the background colour (color) of the digg widget, the stumble ones are a fixed selection, but in theory you could create your own stumble widget…

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  8. Ha! Now, I have to edit my post. :-(

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  9. I’ll admit I’ve used Digg on request but I felt dirty doing it!

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  10. Dirty digging…. sounds nasty!:)
    I agree that poor spelling is a good way to turn many off of a post or article. We all let mistakes through, but you can tell if the author is making an attempt.
    Poor spelling can be used as an SEO tool, however.

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    • Tim, I heard that you could use poor spelling as an SEO tool, but I have yet to try it. I have tried so hard to learn how to spell that I can’t imagine misspelling a word on purpose!

  11. Phist

    It has zero bearing… If I like I site I’ll stumble/digg it, if I dont like it I’ll give it the thumbs down/bury it. That’s how the system works, not by people begging for approval.

    This is the internet, if you want approval you gotta earn it.