The incredible Imploding Digg

Remember Mixx? It was bought out, and the new owners created Chime.in.  They did not use the coding. They did not use the URL. I suppose they had the mailing list. I hope they didn’t pay more than $19.97 for it.

Well, the new owners of Digg at least kept the domain. Digg was (OMG – I am already talking in the past tense!), you might recall, the grand-daddy of social sharing websites.

A search for “site:digg.com” in Google reveals “About 14,100,000 results”. That means 14 million pages are indexed, probably a lot more are out there. And all of them say the same thing:

“404”

Yes, Digg can now be found all on a single page. Gone is the community. Gone are categories. Gone are any hot or upcoming or friends or anything, except what can fit on a single page. In one fell swoop, Digg has imploded.  I guess this is what happens when a star goes super nova.

You might be able to recoup your user data by filling in a request at http://digg.com/archive, but to what end? What would you do with the data?

No problem. These days you will find me with a lot of other long-time Diggers “Thruzting” away at Thruzt.com. Feel free to join me there. And if you are Canadian, join me also on Zoomit.ca.

Dimbler for Content Promotion

If you are not using Dimbler to promote your content, you should be. This is a simple, scrappy little tool that will help you promote your blog posts, articles, videos – whatever content you create, through…

  • FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

The concept is very easy to grasp. It’s based on the age-old principle of “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” It is even easier to use, with a simple two-step process.

  1. Post your request.
  2. Respond to your friends’ request.

Setting up Dimbler

Before you can use Dimbler, you do need to sign up for a free account. That’s as simple as it is anywhere.

And you will need to have some friends. I suggest that you click on the “Recent” tab and add those people who you see have recently been active. In most cases, they will friend you back. You can see anybody’s stats quite easily; for example, here are mine: http://dimbler.com/user/amabaie

You might also invite friends who already support your submissions sometimes. Why bother if you already support each other? Well, with one posting you can have several friends give you a boost in four social sites, rather than having to send several Twitter Direct Messages (for example) for just one of those social sites.

Using Dimbler

Once you are set up, you are ready to go. The posting form at the “Submit” tab is simple, as you see here in this screenshot:

The fields are all pretty self-explanatory. You don’t need to fill them all in. If you want help only with Digg and Twitter, you don’t need to fill in the StumbleUpon field, for example. A number of people don’t ask for FaceBook likes.

Once you have made your request, go to the “Following” tab to see what your friends have posted. You just click on each link to support them

Drawbacks of Dimbler

Are there any drawbacks to this tool? Not really, but there are a couple weaknesses .

The first is that too few people are using it. The value of Dimbler is that it saves time: One posting leads to several people supporting. If you have ten active friends, it is more useful than if you have five. Twenty is better than ten.

At the time of writing, I have 26 friends, but only a handful are active.

The other weakness is that some people post Tweet requests that don’t include a URL or an RT account. If they don’t include a URL, what’s the point? And if they don’t include an RT account, am I really willing to tweet their content as if it was mine? This has been less of an issue of late; I think the Example: RT @twitterusername Article Title – http://su.pr/1234 you see in the form above was added and cut down on malformed tweet requests.  Or it might be that those people doing it wrong were not getting results and just left.

In summary, Dimbler is a very handy tool for promoting your website’s content across a the top four social sharing platforms. If you decide to join, please feel free to friend me at http://dimbler.com/user/amabaie and we will share some great content together.

REVIEW: Blog Engage RSS Subscription Service

Each social bookmarking website distinguishes itself in some way. OK, so that’s not totally true, but most of the good ones do. Brian over at BlogEngage has built on something original to that platform, an optional program called the Blog Engage RSS Subscription Service. The banner ads, like the one below, bill it as an “Adsense Sharing Program”.

 

Memberships, RSS, Blog Engage

However, I am not going to review the Adsense aspect of it, but some of the other benefits, for several reasons.

  • I think there are several much more exciting aspects to the program.
  • As you know, I am not really one of the monetization folks – best leave that aspect to someone who is, like Justin Germino
  • I haven’t tested the program long enough to have much to comment on the Adsense aspect.

The Blog Engage RSS Subscription Service is optional

Let it be noted that the service is optional. Of the 2000-plus active users of BlogEngage, I would guess that a few dozen have signed up for the service. BlogEngage is one of the best social bookmarking websites, in my opinion, and was just recently promoted to top line at The Bookmarketer .

The service does cost money. It is not expensive, but some bloggers are counting their revenues in the cents-per-week range, and obviously they will be more hesitant to sign up.

And it is only for bloggers. Indeed, BlogEngage is only for blog posts, as the name implies. Got the world’s funniest video? Put it in a blog post if you want to see it at BlogEngage. Created a life-saving app? Blog about it first, then submit it at BlogEngage.

Cool benefits of the Blog Engage RSS Subscription Service

Automatic submission. Once you write your blog post, that’s when the hard part comes. You have to pull up all your social sharing websites and submit your post. Well, not all – through the RSS service, BlogEngage automatically grabs your post and submits it (under your account, so you are still the submitter).

Extra vote. Do you spend what seems like a ridiculous amount of time cajoling friends to vote for your social submissions and retweet or like or thumbs up your posts so that they get more exposure? Well, at BlogEngage it takes eight votes to “pop” (at which time your posy gets home-page exposure and becomes a DoFollow link) – and the RSS service votes once. When you have voted, that makes two votes already, saving you from wearing down your cajoling muscles.

More links from more domains. All RSS submissions are automatically syndicated to Blog Serp, Top Blogged, RSS Leak, Blogger Ink and Blogger Tag. This means more DoFollow links, as these are automatically published, even if they don’t get enough votes on BlogEngage.

Better promotion. BlogEngage also auto-tweets and autoshares on FaceBook all RSS Service submissions, making it easier to garner the votes required to “pop” and also spreading the word about your blog posts.

Contest Sponsorship. This is brand spanking new… ” All our Gold membership customers and above will automatically be added into our guest blogging contests as sponsors.” That means fame, fortune and links. OK, maybe not fortune, but if fame and links can earn you a little extra money, I though I would slip the fortune in there for you.

And of course, there is the Adsense sharing, which I promised not to address. I won’t even mention it. Just forget that you read this line.

Five levels of membership

 

Memberships, RSS, Blog Engage

There are five levels of membership to choose from, the lowest costing just $1.99/month. The highest – a premium enterprise service if you run multiple blogs – costs $19.99/month. The gold membership I mentioned earlier costs $4.88/month. If you blog daily or almost daily, it is a worthwhile expense.  You can learn about the differences between the plans directly at the Blog Engage RSS Subscription Service page.

 


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