Why real people think Digg sucks

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  • October 1, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

This weekend I was trying to introduce a few of my offline friends to Digg without too much success.

Most of them are not interested in the latest iPhone news (its not hit the UK yet) and have never heard of linux so I spent some time customising the Digg homepage with topics that might interest them.

Even after doing this they all said that Digg was rubbish. Why? Because most of the time its just a page full of broken links. Aside from the big gadget blogs and tech blogs most sites crash under the weight of the Digg effect making it very hard for anybody to actually read what’s there. None of my friends understood why websites crashed as soon as they hit the Digg front page, most just assumed the link was wrong.

Don’t be a broken link

Yesterday blogstorm.co.uk had 75,000 unique visitors and the uptime was 100.00% for the day. Its hosted on a shared account costing $20 per month. If you are serious about making a living online you simply have to be able to stand up to hitting the Digg front page.

All the hard work you put into linkbait can be ruined when your blog is down for the entire time its on Digg.

Read this guide to surviving the Digg effect and make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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