One of my favourite social media/bookmarking sites is digg.com and I have been asked many times over the past couple of years “what is the benefit of using digg”. Here I will endeavor to answer that very question.
What Is Digg?
Digg is an extremely popular social media bookmarking/news site where all of the content is submitted by the very people that make digg as huge as it is today…it’s users.
According to Alexa, Digg is one of the most popular websites on the internet and is viewed by almost 1% of all internet users worldwide on a daily basis.
Members of Digg are able to submit articles, videos and images from almost any website they choose (subject to the digg terms and conditions). Once a story has been submitted to digg, it will be shown in the “upcoming” section and is then able to be either “dugg” or “buried” by other digg users. Members can also comment on digg articles and some of these comments make for very entertaining reading indeed!
How Can Digg Benefit You?
If you are lucky enough for one of your articles to get enough diggs, there is a chance that your story will then make it onto the Digg Front Page where it will be seen by literally millions of viewers.
If the article in question happens to be one of your own blog/website articles, get ready for some action and be prepared for the possibility that your server may crash due to high volumes of traffic! This is where the benefit of digg can be huge to bloggers and website owners as online traffic is one of the main aims of any successful site.
The other benefit of gaining a lot of diggs on an article is the fact that each digg is actually a link back to your site.
An Example Of The Power Of A Digg Front Page
I have been a member of Digg for well over 2 years now and at the time of writing I am proud to say that I have achieved 50 front page articles on the social media giant (which takes a lot of time and effort by the way!)
Recently I submitted a very basic video to digg that I found to be quite entertaining and thought it may stand a good chance of achieving the front page….I was right, the video went on to become the most viewed article on the entire site for that particular day. You can view the video that was submitted to digg by clicking on the image below.
The article I am referring to is titled “Ladies First…And Don’t You Forget It”. Here is the front page of Digg on the day of this particular article. You will notice the article in the right sidebar under “top in all topics”.
And an exploded view of “Top In All Topics” on the Digg Front Page:
It is now 6 days after submitting that particular article and it has received approximately 1000 more diggs (backlinks) since the above screenshot, which you can see below:
How Much Traffic Can A Digg Front Page Deliver?
Traffic generated by a Digg Front Page can vary, but you could expect somewhere in the vicinity of 2000 – 60000+ unique visitors from a single front page story.
If we work on the video that I mention in this post, I have just checked the traffic that shows on the diggbar, which states that the video has received 45,160 views (this is diggbar traffic only). From experience, I know that diggbar traffic stats shows around 25% of total traffic, which means that this particular video has possibly been visited by up to 180,000 unique viewers…pretty impressive stuff to say the least!
Hopefully you will now understand why social media sites like digg can be highly beneficial to anyone who is trying to build a following to their sites. I will also mention that digg is a great way to keep up with the latest news from around the world. Have fun, happy digging and I wish you all the best in achieving your very own digg front page.
You can find me on digg as: Bullhunter