Defining Digg Effect:

‘Digg Effect’ is defined as a term or a situation where a smaller site gets linked from Digg.com’s home page and suddenly starts getting so many visitors that it slows down or even temporarily closes due traffic restrictions.”

Thus, Digg Effect is probably the only way you want your site to go down, if at all.

Now…how do you ensure that you get your blog post to be Digged, and Digged so good that it comes on Digg’s home page and gets you increased traffic? Here are some observations:

Remember, once you have made it to the home page of Digg….you will continue to get more of your stories Dugg…so all the more reason for you to learn to get your stories on Digg’s home page the first time.

Lets start with the mother of all statements: Ensure your topic for the blog post is not boring, and instead grabs ones attention immediately. Especially those of the Digg Power users!

Now for how you can make your blog post & your headline Digg friendly:

Always start your headline with:

a. Top ten reasons…
b. Worst 7 ideas….
c. Best 5 ways…
d. 100 helpful tips…

Most of us always know 1 or 2 reasons for a certain situation…and when you actually mention a number against that situation…one tends to wonder, “What are the other three things that I am missing?” and tends to click to know more.

The blog posts that are likely to be Dugg well on Digg by their power users will in all probability be on:

a. Human goodwill – posts on happiness, health, love, scientific progress, growth
b. Issues that men face in day to day life – primarily because most of the Power Digg users are men
c. Geeky topics like Apple, Linux, & Design – because the users most likely to be active on Digg are interested in these topics
d. Political Commentary because 40% of all news that makes it to Digg home page is politics – Especially, if the news item is against Bush and in favour of Obama (Now that Obama is the new President, wonder if this will still hold true)

The articles / blog posts that are likely to be Dugg well on Digg need to have a “superfluous adjective”

a. The 10 ‘weirdest’ burgers…
b. 50 ‘really strange’ buildings…
c. Check the real example picked up from Digg’s home page below

The articles / blog posts that are likely to be Dugg well on Digg need to have a word ‘announcing the finality’ in the title

a. The 10 weirdest burgers ‘of all time’
b. 50 ‘really strange’ buildings ‘in the World’
c. Check the real example picked up from Digg’s home page below:

If we were to break up the above tips and just give a formula….here is how we can break up a typical Digg headline.

The headline: The 10 Most exciting buildings ever built in the World

The Digg Formula: [The] + [Number] + [Superfluous Adjective] + [Subject of the Article] + [Word announcing the Finality]

Now, what are you waiting for? Go write an article and get it Dugg on Digg!

Update:

Here is an article by Amit Agarwal on a research on ‘What is the best time to Submit a story on Digg?‘. To get the story up on Digg home page, of course.