I have always been a big fan of Digg, especially during it’s infant stage of the Kevin Rose launch. Today I realized, I think Digg has either reached its peak or it just provides less value. I’m only writing this because of my experience with Digg recently and promoting some stories from our site. Digg has always been a way for unknown sites to promote their posts, and in most cases, it has provided people with posts from unknown blogs/websites to gain some exposure. After the past few months of me running this site and reverting to my previous standard of Digg Posting, I’ve come to realize the return is 0. In the past when you got a story promoted to the “front page” of Digg the hits would follow and your site would become infamous. However, since I started Unyielding Geekery, we have had maybe 5 hits from Digg total. Now, some people may say that those hits are an accomplishment since Digg is so popular. In my mind, compared to the amount of stories I have had promoted to the “front page” of Digg for the respective category…that is a really low number.
So I decided to browse Digg a little more in depth tonight to see what is going on. What I found…was they promote a lot of stories that are redundant, advertisements, or even scam sites like make money doing this or stupid casino “ad” posts or ripped DVD posts. It makes me wonder how a site that used to be so reputable has ended up where they are now. Is it because Kevin left for Google? Is it because they relaxed their rules too much?
Back when Digg was the place to go for information, getting your submission posted to the front page was an accomplishment. Now, you can take pride in it getting promoted, but you won’t see anything from it. Mostly because they promote things so sporadically, you don’t even know that it’s unique or news.
I really hope Digg gets their shit together because I love being a part of that site and having them promote the blogs you may not see otherwise, but right now…you have a better chance of getting an online casino code from them than a real story.