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2007-05-08

To Digg or not to Digg

Digital Urban has been running happily for over a year now and i think its far to say its a niche topic examining digital technologies and cities. The site has got some kind reviews and notability from various publications, both in print and digitally, but looking at the site stats it is still firmly in the niche market.

Many blogs will find themselves in the same position and there are a numerous articles online on how to increase traffic and therefore readership. Social networking sites are pointed at by a number of commentators as the way to increase traffic. Digg is one such example which the Wiki defines as

"a community-based popularity website with an emphasis on technology and science articles, recently expanding to a broader range of categories such as politics and entertainment. It combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication with a form of non-hierarchical, democratic editorial control"

We have recently taken the plunge and added a 'Digg It' button along with various other social bookmarking sites after each post. The button is slightly intrusive but allows Digg users to easily click and recommend the post. However, not all posts are world news worthy or cutting edge, so a number of posts may have '0 Diggs' which looks bad on the front page so maybe Digg buttons are only relevant to larger sites with more traffic?

So the question is to Digg or not to Digg on a blog? We are going to give it a go, after all we have faith that posts such as our series of Tutorials or our Cities in Games section etc are noteworthy or else we wouldn't be running the blog.

We will be running a series of thoughts and ideas on blogging, from a blog that was rated one of PC Pro Magazines Top 5 Web 2.0 blogs the series will cover our thoughts about blogging and stats - don't believe all the hype from other sites...

The question is will anyone Digg this post or do you self start and Digg It yourself - now that is a question..

3 comments:

  1. The thing is, Digg is best left for very techy subjects. You're not be Digg'd because your audience aren't Diggers probably. Maybe one of the more mainstream services would be better for you.

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  2. Hmm, now every one of your posts has two Digg buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom.

    And you've also created an entire back-catalogue of archived posts with a very prominent '0 diggs' label, even if that's not what they deserved at the time.

    Might just be overkill...

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