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
I’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.