7 Surprising Reasons Why You DON’T Want To Make The Digg Frontpage
Let’s face it. Almost everyone wants to get dugg. After all, who wouldn’t want to get thousands of hits in just a few hours. But is there a dark side to being on the digg front page? Read on to find out.
1. Your server can’t handle the traffic
We all want to get to the Digg front page for the server busting traffic that comes along with it. But if you are running your site on a cheap shared hosting account, chances are the server might simply collapse due to the heavy load. Sitting on the front page will be worthless since no one can visit your site (and click on your ads). Even your regulars will be unable to view your site.
Worse still, you might get banned by your web host for crippling their servers. One reader of mine reported that his host deleted his entire blog, along with his one year worth of content. And get this, he never backed up his Wordpress data. Sigh.
2. You will be buried
If you’ve gamed the system and somehow made the front page, Digg users will surely take note and bury your site (bury brigades). It will have a negative impact on your brand and future success on Digg.
You can even have your entire site banned, as John Chow did, and it took him a long time to build back his reputation. Who says you can’t do the same?
3. You get the Digg SmackDown
So now you are attracting tons of traffic. But not all will agree with what you have written, especially if it is something controversial or goes against someone’s beliefs. Be prepared for hate mail, a backlash from the Digg public and even threats (in the most extreme of cases). The anonymity of the internet makes these harassers feel right at home.
It doesn’t need to be a backlash either. Someone with a high traffic blog might link to your post saying how much they disagree with you. It could hurt your image, or just might work the other way around with a bump in subscribers.
4. You will be branded as “unprofessional”
So finally you’ve been dugg. Woohoo! You’re gonna tell your readers about it, but most of your blog subscribers have probably followed the Digg link so they know all about it. Even your regular readers might raise an eyebrow at these sort of posts.
It just goes to show how unprofessional you are. Regular readers might be forgiving, but then again some subscribers might decide to leave your blog.
5. Spammers will target you
Not all visitors to your site are scrupulous. Some might have come to harvest your email address, bombard you with spammy comments, or you might wake up one day wondering why you are receiving tons of Viagra offers.
I’ve had my message box flooded with these types of offers right after I’ve made the front page of some social sites (not Digg however).
6. You get banned from Adsense
So maybe you’re generating 200 impressions a day, and getting perhaps a few clicks here and there. You haven’t withdrawn your AdSense earnings and hope to save up enough for that special blog theme you’ve been eyeing. Then suddenly your website generates thousands of impressions out of the blue and receive a lot of clicks (although Digg users are said to be ad blind – better to serve up CPM ads).
It’s sure to raise a red flag at Google. This happened to me, although I didn’t get banned but I did get Smart Priced. My CTRs were very high despite earning as low as 1 cents per two clicks.
Although it’s rare nowadays, Blogtrepreneur even got his adsense account banned.
7. Your content will be scraped
If your article receives attention, be wary. I usually find my article plagiarized all over the internet in forums, spam blogs, feed scrapers and the like. Although most provide a back-link, you might run into issues with duplicate content on search engines.
Most of these sites steal your bandwidth by hotlinking the images in your post. Some don’t provide a link or acknowledgment at all, and it’s painful to see your content plastered with adsense ads with not even a single penny in your pocket.
What are your experiences with Digg? Have they all been great or have you also experienced the dark side of getting dugg?
*Author’s Note: Mushfiqur Rahman is also the author of Gamer’s World. Post edited by BLOGBloke.