Social Voting Madness! (Reader Poll Included)

Apr 1, 2009   //   by Gerald Weber   //   Copywriting, SEO Blog  //  66 Comments

Arguably, the most popular type of social media web sites are social voting sites. The reason that social voting sites can be more addictive than crack and more alluring than the song of a siren is because they can send a huge surge in traffic if a piece of your content gets popular.

As many of our regular readers know, I have taken time to explore most of the major social voting sites. While they are all alluring, I have discovered that they have their distinct advantages and disadvantages, as well as their own unique social culture. So, without further ado, let’s review six of the most popular social voting sites:

Digg.com: Digg seems to be one the most popular and well-known of the social voting sites. My personal views of Digg are that they can be excessively picky about the source of the content, and it definitely takes a significant investment of time and commitment to succeed on this platform. However, I still think Digg is a lot of fun, as well as a great platform for networking. I know that I have personally made many great friends from Digg!

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Reddit: Personally, I like Reddit a lot. Not only does it seem much easier to hit the Reddit homepage (although most of the content that hits the homepage is actually quite interesting) than the Digg homepage, but it can also send just as much (if not more) traffic. In addition to having a huge selection of categories to choose from, Reddit also has a lot of comment participation. The only strange thing about Reddit is the moderators (who are also users) randomly delete other user submissions. Although there seems to be an active comment troll community there, Reddit is still one of my favorites!

Libertarian Reddit Submitted Header
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StumbleUpon: This is definitely my favorite social voting platform. To begin with, the community seems to be a bit more warm and friendly (not as many trolls). Additionally, because StumbleUpon is designed to send you content from your areas of interests, you are always looking at content that appeals directly to you (and not just what others have voted up). As an added bonus, while sites like Digg and Reddit send a huge surge of traffic and then it all disappears, StumbleUpon can send residual traffic that carries on long after the initial popularity factor has worn off.

Logo of StumbleUpon
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Mixx: Because I have been hearing a lot about Mixx lately, I signed up and now have a Mixx account. However, the interface is somewhat confusing to me, so I’m not really sure about the best way to use this platform. Hopefully, some of you who are reading this post can shed some light on the best way to use Mixx in the comments section.

Sphinn: This one is a bit different from the other social voting sites listed here because it is an SEO/Social Media niche voting site. I like Sphinn , because it has content that is directly relevant to my areas of interest and it is relatively simple to get on the homepage. Additionally, most of the Sphinn community knows one another. The main disadvantage is that a piece of content which hits the Sphinn homepage will never send 10,000 visitors. However, because of the content relevance to my interests and the community, I will always enjoy and use Sphinn.

Propeller: This is AOL’s version of a social media voting site. While I have personally not yet used this one, it is on my list of social voting sites to check out (due to hearing about it on a regular basis). Once again, I’m hoping that some of our readers can shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of Propeller in the comments.

OK, now that I have given my quick rundown on these sites, I asked nine of my friends who are active, well-known members of various social voting sites the following question:

Of the 6 social voting sites discussed here, which is your favorite and why?

Jeff Flowers @bukowsky says:

While I contribute to many different sites, my favorite site is StumbleUpon, hands down. The community is better as a whole, with very little hostility and flaming. You have more categories to browse and submit stuff too. Plus, the content is generally better, just because the best tends to stick around longer, giving you ample time to find it. The only real downside that I find in Stumble, is that you can’t get any real news, which is one of the main reasons I love digg and reddit… and at this point, the only reason I stick around.”

Jason Lankow @jaybol says:

I like Digg because I have the Digg Alerter program by Moojj at Adamant Solutions and every time a front page goes off it makes the most beautiful sound in the world, which programs my brain to submit again in hopes of hearing the sound again

Ann Smarty @seosmarty says:

My favorite is Sphinn because I know most people and I feel at home there. I used to love SU a lot but after I was banned there (I don’t say unfairly because I assume there was also my fault), I don’t like it as much as I used to. Digg (and sometimes Reddit) are too rude for me (too many trolls), Mixx is too quiet (or I just can’t figure it out), so Sphinn is what is left, though it is a niche community unlike the rest 5 – but it’s the closest to my heart.”

Victor Barrera @overmind12812 says:

As much as I participate on Digg and enjoy it, I really do have a soft spot for Reddit. I’d have to say Reddit is my favorite social news site if I had to choose just one to participate in. I really enjoy using Reddit because it puts more emphasis on the content, less ads, and usually provides better discussions that are actually relevant to the article at hand.”

Irfan Polani @irfanmp says:

Although Digg is the social news site I visit most frequently, I would have to say my favorite site is Reddit. Reddit is probably my favorite social news site to use, because whereas the novelty of the story ends at the content for most sites, the Reddit community takes it a step further and engages in rather riveting discussions. The comments tend to become more entertaining than the content itself.”

Gerri L Elder @absolutelytrue

Digg- It’s the thrill of the chase. Finding exciting content and watching it climb until it pops to the front page is really satisfying. And the ones that don’t make it just make the roller coaster ride more fun.”

Miguel Lopez @mklopez says:

My favorite site, hands down, is Digg. Is the first one I learned to use(as a submitter) and after a few years of use I have made a lot of connections (and real friends) there. Mixx and Propeller have come close to lure me in, but Digg feels like a nice, comfy pair of old jeans.”

Reg Saddler @zaibatsu says:

Mixx, is one of my favorite social voting sites because of the community. The people are incredibly approachable and giving. In addition Mixx .com responds to users requests for site changes. It’s truly incredible, and they keep on pumping out the updates month after month. Unlike sites like Digg.com which make their users wait up to a year for new features, Mixx can toss out a dozen in a month. ”

JD Rucker @0boy says:

Digg is the most fun to master. Reddit is a great filter for quality. Stumble gives me new stuff I’d never see otherwise. Mixx and Propeller have good communities but not the best content. Sphinn is my roadmap for marketing. In short, I hate them all, but love them all at the same time.”

Now that you read opinions and insight from some very prominent social media personas, please cast your vote in the reader poll, as well as providing your personal opinions and insights in the comments section below!


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  • Wolfie Rankin says:

    Digg seems too hard, why go to a webpage and screw around when you can hit the thumbsup for stumble in the toolbar (now someone will tell me there's a digg toolbar). Socially I blog with blogspot, facebook and twitter and wouldn't dream of socialising with any of the voting sites.

  • Wolfie Rankin says:

    Digg seems too hard, why go to a webpage and screw around when you can hit the thumbsup for stumble in the toolbar (now someone will tell me there’s a digg toolbar). Socially I blog with blogspot, facebook and twitter and wouldn’t dream of socialising with any of the voting sites.

  • Luis Roca says:

    It's not one of the choices and may be slightly off the overall topic but Amazon.com is my absolute favorite voting site (one of my favorite companies overall). It's the voting system I depend on the most and the customer reviews are better than on similar systems like iTunes.

    @LuisRoca

  • Luis Roca says:

    It’s not one of the choices and may be slightly off the overall topic but Amazon.com is my absolute favorite voting site (one of my favorite companies overall). It’s the voting system I depend on the most and the customer reviews are better than on similar systems like iTunes.

    @LuisRoca

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    LuisRoca,

    I did not realize Amazon has a voting system but then again it's been a while since I have used Amazon.com. Thanks for adding that. ;-)

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    LuisRoca,

    I did not realize Amazon has a voting system but then again it’s been a while since I have used Amazon.com. Thanks for adding that. ;-)

  • Steven says:

    I use these in this order:

    PyraBang
    StumbleUpon
    Digg
    Mixx
    Reddit

    Steven

    <abbr>Steven’s last blog post..Bear Marketing System official Launch at Noon EST</abbr>

  • Steven says:

    I use these in this order:

    PyraBang

    StumbleUpon

    Digg

    Mixx

    Reddit

    Steven

    <abbr>Steven’s last blog post..Bear Marketing System official Launch at Noon EST</abbr>

  • ali360 says:

    Only SU rocks!

    If you wana thousands of hits go for SU only..

  • ali360 says:

    Only SU rocks!

    If you wana thousands of hits go for SU only..

  • Bart Gatsby says:

    What's a social voting site? Lol! Seriously, I'm active on SU, digg, reddit, mixx and propeller (sometimes Yahoo Buzz). SU is the best thing to happen online since Firefox.

    • Gerald Weber
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      says:

      Seems like SU is winning by a landslide in terms of popularity. Social voting is of course any site that has a voting system where you mod, thumb, vote, sphinn or otherwise vote up or down.

      Thanks for stopping by and voicing your opinion.

  • Bart Gatsby says:

    What’s a social voting site? Lol! Seriously, I’m active on SU, digg, reddit, mixx and propeller (sometimes Yahoo Buzz). SU is the best thing to happen online since Firefox.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Seems like SU is winning by a landslide in terms of popularity. Social voting is of course any site that has a voting system where you mod, thumb, vote, sphinn or otherwise vote up or down.

      Thanks for stopping by and voicing your opinion.

  • StumbleUpon is my favorite and is THE BEST…

  • StumbleUpon is my favorite and is THE BEST…

  • I love stumbleupon. Great content all the time…and so much fun finding really really cool stuff!

    I have found some of the best websites and resources on that thing…and met some great people!

    <abbr>@ScottBradley’s last blog post..ScottBradley: Life Coaching To Be Banned <a href="http://www.adaringadventure.com/blog/wordpress/life-coaching/life-coaching-to-be-banned/</abbr>” target=”_blank”>http://www.adaringadventure.com/blog/wordpress/li…</abbr>

  • I love stumbleupon. Great content all the time…and so much fun finding really really cool stuff!

    I have found some of the best websites and resources on that thing…and met some great people!

    <abbr>@ScottBradley’s last blog post..ScottBradley: Life Coaching To Be Banned <a href="http://www.adaringadventure.com/blog/wordpress/life-coaching/life-coaching-to-be-banned/</abbr>” target=”_blank”>http://www.adaringadventure.com/blog/wordpress/li…</abbr>

  • Hasan says:

    StumbleUpon is by far the best of them all.

    Reddit and Digg are a bit too harsh.

    Mixx is alright.

    Propeller needs to make a lot of changes to compete with the rest of them.

  • Hasan says:

    StumbleUpon is by far the best of them all.

    Reddit and Digg are a bit too harsh.

    Mixx is alright.

    Propeller needs to make a lot of changes to compete with the rest of them.

  • Karen says:

    StumbleUpon is my fav.

  • Karen says:

    StumbleUpon is my fav.

  • Robert Lonn says:

    I agree that SU is a good choice. Propeller is good since it is fairly easy to get on the front page if you have a few friends that can prop your posts the first day.

    I have written a report on the subject. Enjoy.

  • Robert Lonn says:

    I agree that SU is a good choice. Propeller is good since it is fairly easy to get on the front page if you have a few friends that can prop your posts the first day.

    I have written a report on the subject. Enjoy.

  • Jordan Pearce says:

    Stumble keeps getting better and better. The new share options makes it a lot easier to pass other sites around besides my own. Now I've been starting to use Stumble for searches and resources since it's a good gauge of what people find to be better quality sites.

    Reddit is hot with me too so it's a toss up between the which is my fav at the moment.

    Digg and Sphinn are just popularity contests and probably the two I use the least.

    The best traffic for me comes from Stumble, Reddit and Propeller…oh yeah and Twitter!

    <abbr>Jordan Pearce’s last blog post..How to Make a Blogs Video</abbr>

    • Gerald Weber
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      says:

      Jordan,

      I’m right with your on SU of course (I believe that’s how we actually met) with Reddit and Sphinn being my number two sites. The only reason I didn’t put Twitter on this list is because it’s not actually a voting site. If Twitter was on the list I think Twitter and StumbleUpon would have a tie or the two would have to duke it out because I would have a hard time deciding what I like better of the two. Frankly they are both at the top of my list when it comes to my social media portfolio.

      Thanks for putting in your 2 cents and also for you continued support. ;-)

  • Jordan Pearce says:

    Stumble keeps getting better and better. The new share options makes it a lot easier to pass other sites around besides my own. Now I've been starting to use Stumble for searches and resources since it's a good gauge of what people find to be better quality sites.

    Reddit is hot with me too so it's a toss up between the which is my fav at the moment.

    Digg and Sphinn are just popularity contests and probably the two I use the least.

    The best traffic for me comes from Stumble, Reddit and Propeller…oh yeah and Twitter!

    <abbr>Jordan Pearce’s last blog post..How to Make a Blogs Video</abbr>

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Jordan,

      I'm right with your on SU of course (I believe that's how we actually met) with Reddit and Sphinn being my number two sites. The only reason I didn't put Twitter on this list is because it's not actually a voting site. If Twitter was on the list I think Twitter and StumbleUpon would have a tie or the two would have to duke it out because I would have a hard time deciding what I like better of the two. Frankly they are both at the top of my list when it comes to my social media portfolio.

      Thanks for putting in your 2 cents and also for you continued support. ;-)

  • Tracy says:

    I picked stumble upon because it's the only one I've had any success with. I think it's a good fit for the kind of blogging I do. The traffic is pretty good, too – I think last month the average SU visitor stayed 6+ minutes and looked at 3.5 pages. Not bad, I think.

    <abbr>Tracy’s last blog post..I am grumpy and grumbling this April Fool’s Day</abbr>

  • Tracy says:

    I picked stumble upon because it's the only one I've had any success with. I think it's a good fit for the kind of blogging I do. The traffic is pretty good, too – I think last month the average SU visitor stayed 6+ minutes and looked at 3.5 pages. Not bad, I think.

    <abbr>Tracy’s last blog post..I am grumpy and grumbling this April Fool’s Day</abbr>

  • Sarah Merion says:

    Great article Gerald! Personally I only use Stumble Upon and am still trying to figure it out. So far though, I really like it! Thanks for the great insight.

    <abbr>Sarah Merion’s last blog post..31 Days To A Better Blog</abbr>

  • Sarah Merion says:

    Great article Gerald! Personally I only use Stumble Upon and am still trying to figure it out. So far though, I really like it! Thanks for the great insight.

    <abbr>Sarah Merion’s last blog post..31 Days To A Better Blog</abbr>

  • Love StumbleUpon because it is easy; Reddit too; and of course TWITTER!

    <abbr>Susie Blackmon’s last blog post..Haywood County, NC – Residential Sales – 03/31/09.</abbr>

  • Love StumbleUpon because it is easy; Reddit too; and of course TWITTER!

    Susie Blackmon’s last blog post..Haywood County, NC – Residential Sales – 03/31/09.

  • popurls.com // popular today…

    story has entered the popular today section on popurls.com…

  • Nikhil says:

    You guys might also want to check out http://www.tagfoot.com. Wow! I must tell you I am already addicted to it in just 2 days. Its real fun and social platform to get in touch with people. I wish tagfoot all the real success soon.

    <abbr>Nikhil’s last blog post..Motion and Blur Photography for Inspiration – Part II | Showcases |…</abbr>

  • Nikhil says:

    You guys might also want to check out http://www.tagfoot.com. Wow! I must tell you I am already addicted to it in just 2 days. Its real fun and social platform to get in touch with people. I wish tagfoot all the real success soon.

    <abbr>Nikhil’s last blog post..Motion and Blur Photography for Inspiration – Part II | Showcases |…</abbr>

  • AoE says:

    Reddit doesn't have moderation as such, when you see deleted comments; it's the original poster of the comment who's deleted it, not some crazy person with a red pen :)

    • Gerald Weber
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      says:

      AoE,

      Please allow me to clarify for you. While it's true that users can delete their own submission mods (that are users) will sometimes pull submissions from being viewable in the category they are viewable in. For example you might have a submission that is rising or hot in technology and then it just disappears. Similar to when something is buried on digg. So when this happens there is little to no chance that any other reddit users will come across and vote on the submission. Basically the Reddit moderators are users that are able to play god with submission. I still love Reddit despite this.

  • AoE says:

    Reddit doesn’t have moderation as such, when you see deleted comments; it’s the original poster of the comment who’s deleted it, not some crazy person with a red pen :)

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      AoE,

      Please allow me to clarify for you. While it’s true that users can delete their own submission mods (that are users) will sometimes pull submissions from being viewable in the category they are viewable in. For example you might have a submission that is rising or hot in technology and then it just disappears. Similar to when something is buried on digg. So when this happens there is little to no chance that any other reddit users will come across and vote on the submission. Basically the Reddit moderators are users that are able to play god with submission. I still love Reddit despite this.

  • I love the reddit and SU most..

    Somehow I'm over with Digg because it requires lots of effort and just maintaining power user status cost lots of quality and productive time…

  • I love the reddit and SU most..
    Somehow I’m over with Digg because it requires lots of effort and just maintaining power user status cost lots of quality and productive time…

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    I agree with you about Digg.com. While I still digg from time to time and have lots of friends from digg I find it takes too much time to be effective there. Not to mention digg seems to have social media type submissions (which is what I'm all about)

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    I agree with you about Digg.com. While I still digg from time to time and have lots of friends from digg I find it takes too much time to be effective there. Not to mention digg seems to have social media type submissions (which is what I’m all about)

  • I notice that many Mixx submissions rank well in the search results. Once you get a hang on using it works well for news topics.

    <abbr>Nick Stamoulis’s last blog post..Is Google Adwords A Good Place To Start?</abbr>

  • I notice that many Mixx submissions rank well in the search results. Once you get a hang on using it works well for news topics.

    <abbr>Nick Stamoulis’s last blog post..Is Google Adwords A Good Place To Start?</abbr>

  • harleyblues says:

    HA! my FAVORITE Social site Is BLOG CATALOG!!!~

    The Owners of the site, chat with fellow bloggers- yuo know who they are..Not to mention the site IS user friendly. easy to navigate.

    Blog Catolog simply RAWKS!!!!!So I believe, Blog Catalog is The BEST site on the net!!

    <abbr>harleyblues’s last blog post..ELO does-The Beatles!</abbr>

  • harleyblues says:

    HA! my FAVORITE Social site Is BLOG CATALOG!!!~

    The Owners of the site, chat with fellow bloggers- yuo know who they are..Not to mention the site IS user friendly. easy to navigate.

    Blog Catolog simply RAWKS!!!!!So I believe, Blog Catalog is The BEST site on the net!!

    <abbr>harleyblues’s last blog post..ELO does-The Beatles!</abbr>

  • timethief says:

    For me the best social network is stumbleupon – hands down!
    Next to stumbleupon I derive traffic from Blog Catalog.

    Business: Blog, Website or both?

  • timethief says:

    For me the best social network is stumbleupon – hands down!
    Next to stumbleupon I derive traffic from Blog Catalog.

    Business: Blog, Website or both?

  • David says:

    I like them all, but they can go to waist if you don't use them correctly. If your content isn't very good then all these social networks will be worthless and you will be wasting your time, now if you got good quality content, they are awesome, but beware that bounce rate effect, hmmmmm!

  • David says:

    I like them all, but they can go to waist if you don’t use them correctly. If your content isn’t very good then all these social networks will be worthless and you will be wasting your time, now if you got good quality content, they are awesome, but beware that bounce rate effect, hmmmmm!

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