The new Digg website has been seen as very controversial lately. I think they call it the Digg Revolt. They even suggest that it’s going to be easier for Big Blog publishers to make it to the front page of Digg (which means LOTS of traffic). I think this has always been generally the case, but I think it also opens up the opportunities for smaller publishers to get more Digg traffic too.
Time will tell, but I know I’m excited to see what the new Digg Import Feeds function will mean for my blogs. I just added all of my blogs to Digg and I’ll be watching to see what kind of traffic it generates. I expect it will be significant compared to the cost of me adding my feeds.
In fact, here’s how simple it is to get your feed added to the Import Feeds section of Digg.
1. After logging into Digg, go to: http://digg.com/settings/feeds
2. Add your RSS feed URL to the box and click Add Feed
3. Now the little bit tricky part. You have to copy a verification code to your blog. You can copy it into your RSS feed (not usually easy) or add it to your next blog post. Personally I didn’t want to wait for my next blog post. I wanted to have my feed pulled in by Digg immediately. I didn’t want to have to remember to add the code on each of my blogs the next time I posted. Here’s the trick:
-Add the HTML code they provide to your most recently published blog post. Click save and make sure it finishes saving.
4. Assuming you’re using Feedburner for your Feeds (like I am), you want Feedburner to update your feed with the code, but you don’t want to wait for it to update since it does it every 30 minutes or so. So, go to http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/ping and you can manually paste in your Feedburner Feed and have it update it.
5. Now you can click the Verify Now button in Digg and your feed will start pulling into Digg automatically.
I’ll report back on how much traffic this actually generates on my various blogs.