10 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Banned from Digg

Jan 29, 2009   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog, Social Media  //  33 Comments

Digg Ban Cartoon

#1 – Use a script: Digg is a company that has has received $40 million dollars in funding. Therefore, if you are naive enough to think that their system can’t detect when someone is using a script, you deserve to get hit by the Digg ban hammer. The bottom line is that you can’t automatically game Digg’s voting system, so if you are trying to use a script to accomplish that goal, you are doing nothing more than spinning your wheels in neutral!

#2 – Submit 5x more stories than you Digg: Although it is not as complex as the Google algorithm, Digg definitely has a very interesting algorithm. Therefore, if you think that you can get dozens of your own stories to the front page without ever participating by Digging other stories, you are lying to yourself.

The Digg algorithm is all about encouraging participation, so if you want any chance of your top notch content performing well on Digg, you need to focus on Digging other stories that are legitimately good, submitting great content from other sources and then only submitting your very best content on a very rare basis.

#3 – Spam your way to high hell via the Shout System: I actually like Digg’s Shout System, because it can be a legitimate way to expose other users to content that they are going to enjoy. However, once you start abusing this system to draw attention to every single story you submit or Digg, don’t be surprised when you get informed that your Digg account has been banned.

#4 – Be Zaibatsu: In case you are just beginning to participate in the Digg community, Zaibatsu was a power user who had submitted between 3000 and 4000 good pieces of content to Digg. Although I could explain why Zaibatsu got banned, I think it will be more effective for you to go read the ridiculous reason why Zaibatsu got banned, and then you can return and read the remaining six reasons on this list.

#5 – Be a bot: In case you didn’t catch on in Point #1, Digg is a serious company. Therefore, if you are using methods (such as bots) to game their system, it is only going to take a short amount of time for them to ban you from their service.

#6 – Submit every single one of your posts: This may seem like common sense to most of us, but just as a warning to those people who are new to the world of Digg and social media in general, if you submit every single post that you published, don’t be surprised when your Digg account is no longer valid!

#7 – Ask your co-workers to Digg your story: Like Point #4 on this list, I think you will get more information by reading the original post on this topic and then coming back for the final three reasons on this list.

#8 – Basic information: Let’s say that you are reading through your feeds and you come across an interesting feed about increasing traffic to a blog. Although you may like this post and want to share it with others, think twice about submitting it Digg, because you may end up being banned for submitting information that is deemed by Digg and a small percentage of its users to be repetitive!

#9 – Speaking negatively about Digg: Digg wants everyone to believe that they are unbiased and all about the collective wisdom of the masses. Although it seems like this is the basis of their existence, just check out what happens when someone tries to discuss an issue related to Digg that Digg feels makes it look bad.

#10 – Posting controversial numbers: I thought this was a fitting example to end this list, because it demonstrates the hypocrisy of Digg. If you think I’m exaggerating, just read how a Digg user managed to get banned for posting a controversial number, even though over 15,000 Digg users gave him a Thumbs Up!

Have you or someone you know been banned from Digg? Let us know about it in the comments below. Also be sure to use the tweet this button if you enjoyed this article.

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  • Ann Smarty

    I was wondering if using scripts is also against TOS? What I mean that there are plenty of totally "innocent" scripts which are not designed to spam the board: like the one that generates a tag cloud of keywords a user usually uses for his submissions (this one can help to understand if you have similar interests).

    <abbr>Ann Smarty’s last blog post..Sharing versus Manipulating: Where’s the Line?</abbr>

  • Marko Saric says:

    Some very good tips! As usual with social media, creating value by submitting useful articles, writing good comments, and building relationships is the way to go. Trying to trick the system might work short-term but will definitely get you banned in the long tun.

    <abbr>Marko Saric’s last blog post..Improved blog look after upgrade to Thesis 1.4</abbr>

  • Charles Gupton says:


    I am a newbie to social media platforms and stumbling (no pun intended)my way through the process. I'm sure I'm making a load of mistakes along the way. However, it is the helpfulness of posts like this one that give some valuable light to the pathway. A lot of this process is not as intuitive as one might think when getting started.

    Thanks for your experienced and thoughtful post.

    Charles Gupton

    On Twitter @ http://twitter.com/CharlesGupton
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    • Tyler Banfield says:

      No problem Charles, I'm glad to hear that this post helped you out. Good luck with your continuous journey into the world of social media!

  • Matt says:

    Ah, the return of the "Ban Hammer!". As always great tips, and a couple things I didn't know about the Digg community.


  • Alex Sysoef says:

    Digg always had a mind of its own but common sense still applies. I don't think any social network likes it when it is been "gamed" by someone but there are perhaps too many cases when Digg goes overboard on it.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Well of course I had to digg this, but 63 people beat me to the page. Pretty impressive. Digg seems less police-like than SU, tho. I've heard many people tell me that they've been banned from SU (or that it no longer "works" for them), but none from Digg. But could just be the circles I run in and what technology they use.

    Anyway, great informative post, as always.

    <abbr>Alisa Bowman’s last blog post..How to win a Wii</abbr>

  • Dennis Edell says:

    Never used it – never plan too. Way too many good social sites out there with users that actually know what social media is for to even bother.

    Wow commentluv is way off lol.

  • Nicely put together. Just yesterday I was reading a post somewhere that was suggesting we do digg each post so it’s easier for others to digg. I’ll try to find it again and mention this post and number six.

    Brian D. Hawkins’s last blog post..Brand New – HotBlogTips.com

  • Don raper says:

    There are plenty of bots still running on Digg. The ones Digg found were pretty easy to spot — they looked for log entries of ajax calls from pages that didn’t make those calls. If a bot doesn’t do that sort of thing they can’t catch it.

    If you think their technical prowess is so hot, then why is the dupe checking so bad?

  • Don Draper says:

    Ouch, very bad time for my keyboard to hiccup on that last post!

    <abbr>Don Draper’s last blog post..Bad News for Twitter</abbr>

  • lee says:

    I commented in different posts regarding Michelle Obama’s history with the Chicago CFR in varying syntax over a day or two , peppered here and there. maybe 20 comments in total.
    simple informational comments i wrote. nothing inflammatory or defamatory. nothing insulting.
    I guess no one is supposed to know that the obama’s are globalist world bank puppets, as i was kicked right to the curb. and that is after a long personal history of quite provacotive comments.

    digg it.

  • Jonathan says:

    I’ve actually be banned from Digg, twice, along with having my home IP and office IP banned. The first time was my fault–I was using scripts initially because “everyone” was doing it.

    Second time was without cause or explanation. I was digging everything manually & commenting/reading as much as possible. When pressed, they sent me a generic TOS clause from the user-agreement. The IP bannings are ridiculous too. Of course we have a lot of people digging from both–I live with four guys with Digg accounts (but we don’t digg each others stuff all the time) and at work I have a few coworkers with accounts too. The coffee house near me has been banned as well now, as its popular with college students who all have Digg accounts.

    Digg needs to stop biting the hand that feeds it.

    • Gerald Weber

      Meh well ip ban is simple enough. Most internet is dynamic IP so just unplug your modem and plug it back in IP changed. But for the love of god don’t be digging each others stuff from the same IP. Use a proxy or something.

  • Mike Baker says:

    Somehow I have gotten mys self banned, I updated a story, and after that I could no longer get in. I am not sure exactly what I did, but belows is their email and all my questions have gone unanswered. My IP is blocked as well as my work one. It is very frustrating to get no answers.

    So I am sure I did one of the 10 things above, I am just not sure which one.

    Hi from Digg.com, Your account was reported to us as being in violation of our Terms of Service (http://digg.com/tos) for spamming Digg. We must be vigilant in protecting against activities that compromise the Digg community, this decision is final and irreversible. Thank you, -The Digg Support Team

    • Gerald Weber


      Don't look now but this URL is now banned from Digg.com. Here is the message you get when you try digging from this page.

      This URL has been reported by users to be in violation of Digg's Terms of Use and cannot be submitted at this time. Please refer to our Terms of Use (digg.com/tou) for more information.

      Looks like Digg.com doesn't like story about why they ban people. This will make an interesting follow up post.

      Oh yes and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  • Kai Lo says:

    Thanks for the heads up! As a new Digg user myself, I have tried to "trick" the system, and apparently I'm at the risk of getting banned on Digg. From now on, after this post and learning about how Zaibatsu got banned, I'm only going to submit sites that I can trust, such as articles from CNN.com as an example. Nice post!

  • Douglas Karr says:

    The only thing banned from Digg is your email address, though. Got another email address? You’re back in action!

    Douglas Karr’s last blog post..PR Leap Releases PRTube, Embeddable Viral Press Releases

    • Gerald Weber

      Well the user name and all the stats are gone. Sure you can easily create another account but you won’t have the same username, stats or friends list.

  • Sire says:

    Some of those points were pretty obvious, but having said that, and even though I am a Digg member, I've never had too much to do with them. Why? As far as I'm concerned it's all too hard, and now that I've read this post I'll probably have less to do with them.

  • Mich De Lorme aka says:

    Weren’t scripts the thing that destroyed all the big time diggers last year?

  • Whenever you use any of the social sites it is important to always use them correctly and not to abuse them.
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  • Sagar

    I haven’t heard of anyone getting banned, nor was I aware of the fact that digg bans users but your post explains the reasons pretty well. Thanks 🙂