#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media in general, if you submit every single post that you published, don’t be surprised when your Digg account is no longer valid!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!
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