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Blogs Getting Banned From Digg

Posted Friday, July 4, 2008 by momscashblog | 12 Comments so far

You better think twice about Digging your own posts or encouraging others to Digg your posts. The editors at Digg are cracking down on bloggers who are abusing the system to promote their own blogs. They won’t give any notice, they’ll just ban the site and YOU from using Digg for an indefinite period of time.

What they don’t like is bloggers who keep Digging their own posts and encouraging others to Digg with promotions or “trade offs” (saying, I’ll Digg yours if you Digg mine.)  They don’t want posts about blogs going too high up in the Digg Community. They say the system was made for current events and intellectual content, and for people to share their interests. The regular users of Digg are getting irritated and complaing to the editors about posts like “How to Make Money With Your Blog” or “How to Get Traffic to Your Blog”. They said “the average reader does not like to see posts about blogs or how to make money with blogs going up in the Digg rank”. The complaints were coming in so fast and furious that the editors felt they had to get involved and do something about it.

Because of these complaints and because some blogs are not adhering to the rules of Digg, more than a few bloggers have woken up to find their url’s banned from Digg. No one can Digg any posts on their blog and the icon is removed. When this happens the host also gets personally banned from using the Digg system… meaning, when a blog/url is banned, the webhost can’t even Digg someone else’s posts or articles. They could ban a url for the lifetime of a blog. It’s the editors’ decision… but I think that’s just a threat. (Not sure, I just know I wouldn’t want to find out the hard way! lol)

I can definitely see why they don’t want bloggers Digging their own posts all the time and encouraging other’s to. A lot of bloggers digg every single post they make (good or bad) and do all kinds of tricks to get their posts in the system. I’m sure that  really does get some junky articles higher than they should be. Since readers in the Community rely on ”the numbers” to find “good, intellectual content”, they might find some articles disappointing.

However, for them to say “the average reader doesn’t like to see posts about blogs or how to make money with blogs going up in Digg rank” is discriminatory, in my opinion. The average reader doesn’t like to read about stamp collecting either… but would the editors say “the average person doesn’t like to read about stamps so they don’t like articles about stamp collecting going up in rank on Digg”?  Probably not! Digg readers are from all over the world and have many interests… making money with blogs is one of them. Interests are subjective. What one person thinks is interesting may not be of interest to another, but so be it!

Hopefully the ban will teach a lesson to the bloggers who violate the rules. After that the editors will know we’re all playing by the same rules. But it might not stop the intellectual community of Digg from complaining about blog posts on how to make money with blogs, or how to get traffice to your blog. They’ll have to realize blogs are a legitimate interest to a growing number of people on the internet.

Shafar July 4th, 2008 (3:33 pm)

It was very useful information…`Thanx for this new information…


who are these nerds who are so obsessed with digg that they actually feel the need to complain in the first place? its a social networking site to waste time on, not a newspaper. come on now

Tom - StandOutBlogger.com July 4th, 2008 (10:56 pm)

Wow. I will have to be a bit more selective with my digging from now on. I don’t want to get banned. But I think I agree with you about it being discriminatory what they were saying… who’s to say that their visitors dont want to hear about blogging?

revenue July 5th, 2008 (1:57 pm)

oh my god, we should becarefull now if we want to submit our own post to the diggs, thanks for this

jj - Moms Cash Blog July 5th, 2008 (10:03 pm)

Hi guys…
Digg’s been changing the rules without posting them… and a lot of banning going on with no explanation… they are accused of burying pages they don’t like too. Some people get back in to the system if they write to the editors, but some don’t even get a reply.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend (for those in the U.S.A.) and I hope everyone who is not in the USA has a great weekend too! :):)

KushMoney July 6th, 2008 (12:13 am)

I think everybody want their site on diggs front page but some people just go about doing it the wrong way.

I personally would like my site on digg front page but at the same time I don’t care about digg.

Andreas from Xavier Media July 6th, 2008 (3:32 pm)

It would be interesting to see how Digg like the Digg campaign at Entrecard: http://entrecard.com/blog/?p=409

Entrecard encourage people to add each others as friends and to Digg as you drop:
“We can all start digging the posts that we enjoy as we drop, and help bring even more traffic to each others blogs”

I don’t see any problem in this, but Digg may….


Dena July 8th, 2008 (11:49 am)

Thanks for the info. I wasn’t aware of this.

Chris Jacobson July 8th, 2008 (3:36 pm)

My blog is banned from Digg because my competitors repeatedly submitted my posts. The system is very flawed.

Moms Cash Blog July 14th, 2008 (1:58 am)

Andreas… I don’t see a problem with that either.

Dena…I tried to comment on your site but it wouldn’t let me. I really like the colors and the new logo you had done. Nice!

Chris… Hey, you have some really nice competitors, wish mine would Digg my articles. LOL Have you written to the editors? They might let you back in.
It’s the ones who ask for a post to be dug saying they want to get on the front page that Digg is keeping an eye on. Good luck… hope you get back in.

Rajaie AlKorani July 15th, 2008 (9:48 pm)

I agree with you, it’s not fair to discriminate against blogging content, ah well :)

Shawn Knight July 21st, 2008 (3:05 am)

Unfortunately Digg banning is nothing new. John Chow has been banned from Digg for nearly two years now after getting something like 40 articles to the front page.

Even in the past six months or so, its become increasingly harder to get anything of my own from my tech site on the front page… so much so that I’ve pretty much given up hope in trying.

Good luck to the rest of you bloggers and making the front page – the traffic increase is crazy. Just make sure your server can handle it!

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