Goodbye Digg, Hello Blog Engage!

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Goodbye Digg, Hello Blog Engage!Okay, so I am not totally getting rid of Digg, but I am definitely burying it.

You can still find it on the bookmark bar at the bottom of each post, but I will no longer be proudly displaying the Digg logo at the top of my posts.

Why the change?  There are a couple of things that I do not like about Digg. 

Why I Have Decided to Bury Digg

First, this blog falls under three primary categories – small business, religion, and social media.  Digg has none of these categories.  It has a business & finance sub-category, but that is such a huge hole that getting published would take a miracle.

Second, they make it too hard to search for all articles Dugg from a single source.  For example, bradleyaharmon.com shows up under all submissions from this site; however, if you click on the link you get a message that no results were were found.

Unless you know to manually edit the search adding “www.” before the address, you’re left scratching your head.  I know these are not huge beefs, but to quote Dr. Phil, “How’s that working for you?”  Quite simply, it’s not.  I’ve received little from Digg.

Why I Chose Blog Engage Over Digg

Blog EngageI’ve been a member of Blog Engage since October 6, 2009.  Being a newbie blogger, I noticed Keller Hawthorne used it, so I decided to start an account.  It had a manual submission process which I hated at the time, but at least it was a back link.

Active Owner that Helps Bloggers

I didn’t think much more about the site until my listening post kept picking up bbrian017 tweeting many of my posts.  It was the owner of the site, and I saw that he had also left a few comments on my blog, voted on my posts, and even Dugg some of my posts.

I Was Able to Get Published on Blog Engage

I noticed that I was actually getting published on Blog Engage.  This not only translated into more traffic to my blog, but I also saw the listing in the top pages for my keywords on the search engines.

I Actually Get Paid to Submit My Posts

Recently, Brian decided to share up to 100% of his Google AdSense revenues with his community.  Why I am not going to get rich from this, it is certainly a lot more than I am receiving from any other submission source.

What This Means for My Readers

So what does this mean for my readers?  Hopefully, it enhances your online experience.

Digg is Still an Option

If you still like Digg, don’t worry it is still an option on the bookmark toolbar after each post.  I am still going to stay active with Digg because there are other metrics that use it in their evaluation of this site.

Just Click the Vote Button

You will not have to manually submit anything unless you are really fast and beat me to it after I publish my post.  You will need to set up an account just like you did for Digg.   Other than that, just click on the vote button at the top of each post.

Join a Lot of Familiar Faces

Many of my readers are already members of Blog Engage so you will see many familiar faces.  I’ve also set up a group there called Christian Entrepreneurs where we can start posting articles we find across the web in one place.

Won’t You Join Me (AggieBrad) at Blog Engage?

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bbrian017 November 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I'm not a big fan of digg and its categories either. One thing I wanted to ensure when I created blogengage was to reach out and meet the needs of our members. Like to admit it or not social media site cannot expect their users to submit article into these 6 or 7 categories they have to work at accommodating their members better. This is exactly what I did at blogengage. We have over 30 categories for our members to submit article to.

Similar to you I didn’t drop dig but I don’t even submit my stuff. If I see my members and blogengage friends have I will vote on it always! Same with the tweet meme I like to help our members market their blog. If they have the button I normally retweet it.

This was a great read Brad you really give great insight to why bloggers should be looking at using blogengage!

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ileane November 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Brad,

I've buried Digg from my blog weeks ago too. Yesterday I read an article that said “Digg is nothing but all spam created by SEO companies and their affiliates” (let me know if you want the link).

I hardly ever got votes and I did get some traffic, but not enough to display the Digg icon on my blog. The comparison between Digg and Blog Engage are like night and day.

Thanks for putting it so gently.

@Ileane

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Hesham November 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I love the part that Brian plays in this great community! at lest there is someone who is listening to us!

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Hesham November 29, 2009 at 5:06 pm

This is the really good thing Brian, is that you are helping BlogEngage members by promoting their posts the way they do and like!

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brandonacox November 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I'm with you, Brad. I've found Digg to be almost useless and extremely impersonal, but love Blog Engage – glad you've plugged it!

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whatawebsite November 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Hi Brad,

It's a fantastic, funny-but-serious post. I was actually thinking very much along the same lines last night. BlogEngage is, quite simply, a better option than Digg in many many ways. The question is though – how will Brian cope with an explosion in volume (if and when it happens – which, I suspect, is not that long off).

It should be interesting to see what happens to say the least.

Very best wishes

Will
P.S. You joined BlogEngage on a very fine day , my birthday!
P.P.S. Bit harsh the thumbs down – but very funny nonetheless
P.P.S. Good news – you're going to be “Site Of The Month” for November (ssshhhh!)
P.P.P.S. But I think Brian is almost certain to be “Site Of The Year” ( will be asking everyone connected to whatawebsite to vote on this in early January by the way)

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bradleyjmoore November 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Wow, do I have a lot to learn from you after reading this. I am just going along writing a blog post every few days, paying no attention to all of the plumbing going on underneath the blogosphere.

Help!

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I really like what you are doing with Blog Engage. You seem to really listen to your community and make changes based on their feedback. You have to be one of the busiest people online too, because you seem to be everywhere promoting your blog community and their blogs. I look forward to growing with you.

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Feel free to post the link. It just wasn't a great fit for this blog, and I am receiving so much more from Blog Engage already. It made sense for me to make the change.

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Yes, it's nice that Brian is so active in the blog community. I think I might actually see him more than you! ;)

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Brandon. It's just not a great fit for this blog, but I agree with you about the impersonal feeling.

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

We'll see how Brian holds up. It's hard to scale the personal level of involvement he gives to his community. There are a few more things he needs to do on his end to finish out his vision, but I think it's up to us now to make it a community.

Okay, that is a lot of postscripts! I thought my thumbs down was a playful take on their thumbs up when you Digg a post. Didn't mean it to be harsh, but at least you found it humorous. Wow, thank you very much about the hush-hush wink-wink!

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Brad Harmon November 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

You have a great site Bradley, and I think that it should be generating a lot more traffic than it appears it is receiving. I'd recommend reading the 3 part series I did on Keller Hawthorne's blog for some great examples on how to promote your blog and make it search engine optimized.

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Karl Foxley November 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Digg has one function for me and one function only, some of the stories submitted can give me brilliant inspiration for headlines for my blog posts and even some of the copywriting I do from time-to-time.

I get very little traffic from Digg whereas BlogEngage has been in my web stats ever since I started using the site (I think it's just over a week now).

Brian does have to be commended for his hard work and so does the community of active bloggers that regularly visit each other, comment, retweet and 'engage' each others posts.

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Brad Harmon November 30, 2009 at 12:38 am

I've had the same experience. The same limitations I mentioned above for this blog made being a user on Digg a painful experience because my interests are the same topics since I blog about what I love. Trying to find a sense of community there, other than people I already knew elsewhere, was next to impossible.

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ileane November 30, 2009 at 5:05 am

Brad,

Here is the post from GlobalThoughtz – I follow them on twitter http://socialmedia.globalthoughtz.com/index.php
@ileane

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Walter December 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm

This is a fresh information for me. I will check Blog engage and see more of its benefits. :-)

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Brad Harmon December 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Brian has done a really great job with Blog Engage, and he keeps adding features. It's poised to really take off, and I'm pleased with the results I've seen so far.

By the way, I haven't seen you comment in quite a while. I'm glad you are still out there. I've enjoyed reading your past comments.

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Basant Singh December 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

I don't like Digg. After submitting post to it my submitted blog post features low in the SERP. The submitted post in the Digg features well on the 1st page. I think it helps in short run but it's detrimental to your site in long run.

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I've noticed the same thing about some of my posts, but I have noticed that change since my site has been better search engine optimized (thanks Keller) and has had more pages indexed. There are still some posts though that end up being ranked higher with Digg and Blog Engage than the actual post itself.

I don't know if it's detrimental to your site, but I've decided that it just doesn't add much value especially when compared to Blog Engage.

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Jonathan December 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I joined blogengage early on when they started but also kind of fell out of blogging as I was too busy with work. It's nice to re-connect now that I've revived my blogging activities and also ditched Digg.
My recent post My Twitter Followers Were Abducted by Aliens

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Brad Harmon December 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

It's a great community. The members are very supportive and go out of their way to help each other.

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Laurie Neumann January 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I just joined your group at Blog Engage, Brad. I have never used Digg, so I can't really compare them.

Thanks for letting us know about this.

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Brad Harmon February 1, 2010 at 5:59 am

Interesting point. Some could claim, and rightly so, that the gospel itself is marketed to one's fear of hellfire and damnation. It's definitely one of our most primal emotions, and one that is likely to spur a person into action. Personally, I have mixed emotions to marketing to one's fear.

We should not live in a spirit of fear, but there are situations for which we should be watchful and prepared for a very real danger. I do agree with you that there is a trend in marketing (and politics) to over-hype the danger posed to the consumer, and in some cases you have to worry if they simply didn't make up something to be afraid of just to sell their product.

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