Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people using the Digg button in Sociable to submit my posts to Digg. While I appreciate the gesture, the chance of any of my “normal” posts making it to the front page of Digg is minimal.
To make it to the front page, you currently need 200+ diggs. Getting there with anything other than an exceptionally good and well-targeted post, or with a lot of “help” is neigh to impossible.
I was talking to my buddy Chris Winfield of Social Media Marketing firm 10e20 about whether it’s bad for a site to be submitted too much, his answer:
It depends on how its done. If it’s very obvious spam from the same user, then, yes, it’s bad for your site’s performance in Digg. If it’s natural – then it’s no big deal. But it also depends on what type of site it is. If you run a widget factory and somehow everyone of your pages is getting submitted to Digg, natural looking or not – it’s no good.
That’s why I’ve taken the Digg button out off my Sociable setup. I’d rather control a bit more what I submit to Digg and what not. Of course it doesn’t prevent people from submitting, but making it a bit less easy might actually lower the amount of Digg submissions that have no chance at all of making it to the front page.