In case you don’t already know, Digg is a community Web site where users can submit news items from Web sites, blogs, etc. (You can read more about it here). If you’re an avid blogger or if you have your own Web site, Digg is the perfect solution for adding hits to both of those. This article will help you achieve that by helping you add a Digg counter to your post or Web site. Let’s get started!
First, I will show you how to submit a post on Digg. This process is the same as if you were submitting a Web page to a Web site. Before you do this, you will have to sign up for an account with Digg.
Signing Up For Digg
1.) Go to www.digg.com.
2.) Click the Join Digg link in the top right hand corner of the page.
3.) Next, you will be taken to a page where you can input all the details for your new account. You will need to choose a username and it must be at least four characters long. After that, click the “Check for Availability” button to see if you’ll be able to use it or not. (If someone else is already using that username, you will have to pick another one). If it is available, some green text (as in the screenshot below) will be shown. You can then continue on with the registration process.
4.) Next, you need to fill in your e-mail address and choose a password, which will need to be confirmed.
5.) Then put in your date of birth.
6.) You will then need to confirm that you are indeed human (you will get that a lot while working with Digg). You just simply need to put the text you see in the picture in the text box. (It’s a CAPTCHA test!) If you cannot read it, you can listen to it by clicking the “Listen to it” link under the text box.
7.) Finally, checkmark the box to say that you agree to the Terms and Conditions and then click the Continue button.
8.) You will then need to go to the e-mail account that you specified during the sign up and click the activation link in the e-mail you get from Digg.
9.) Now, your account should be activated and you can start adding some friends if you’d like.
10.) Your account is active now, so you can log in at any time by clicking the Login link in the top right hand corner of the Digg Web site.
Submitting a Blog Post to Digg
1.) Go to www.digg.com again and log in.
2.) Next, click the Submit a New Story link in the top right hand corner of the page.
3.) Go to your own blog post and copy the URL from the address bar in your browser. Then paste it into the URL field of the Digg Web site and click Continue.
4.) Next, add a title and description.
5.) Choose a category that it fits into and then type in the verification code like you did during the sign up.
6.) Then click the Submit Story button at the bottom of the page.
7.) You will then be taken to a page with similar stories so that you don’t submit a story that has already been featured. To complete the submission, click the Continue button, then the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
8.) Your story will now be on Digg. You can keep up to date with any Diggs (or comments) you get by clicking the Profile link at the top of any page (if you are logged in).
So, what does it mean if you get a Digg? A Digg is basically a vote. The more votes you get, the higher the popularity of your story. If your story is popular, it is seen by more people and it will eventually make it to the front page. However, if you fail to get enough Diggs, as more and more people submit their stories, yours will move down in the list.
Adding a Digg Counter
To ensure you get more diggs, it is a good idea to add a counter to your post. This means that the digger will not have to go back to Digg, find the post and then click the Digg button. A counter makes it a lot easier for people to vote.
To add a counter, follow these easy steps:
1.) Get to the area where you can edit your post.
2.) Then put in the following code at the top of the post:
digg_url = ‘DIGG_PERMALINK_URL’;
3.) Now, log in to your Digg account and click on Profile.
4.) Find the story you submitted and click the Digg icon next to the title. This will take you to the page on Digg with all the details for that post.
5.) Copy the URL from the address bar of your Web browser and then paste it in the place where it says “DIGG_PERMALINK_URL.”
6.) Now, save or publish the post and your post should now have a Digg counter, as shown in the screenshot below:
7.) That’s it! Now, I just have one more point though. If you use WordPress to manage your blog, you simply have to type the following code, which will replace the “DIGG_URL_HERE” with the URL you took from the Digg Web site. Here it is:
Now, go on and enjoy your brand new Digg experience!
~ Simon North