Click to viewOf the 377 stories Digg founder Kevin Rose has submitted to his social news site, 367 went to the site's front page. When I read this, all I could think was: God, those 10 that didn't make it must have really sucked. Maybe he should have pretended to be a hot girl? We thought we'd help the
"social media marketers" out by listing Kevin Rose's failed submissions below. If these stories couldn't hit the front page, with Rose's hordes of mancrushing fanboys clicking on them,then they're the exact kind of story our Digg-optimizing friends shouldn't even bother with. We'll tell you why.You don't ask questions on Digg. You give emotional answers. Next time, Kevin, submit this one as: How Obama already beat Clinton! A commenter on this submission wrote: "Clinton rules" and got buried 11 times. On Digg, only Obama rules. Rose submitted this news after someone else already had. Don't do that. Plastic bags were banned "one year ago this week"? That's too long ago for Digg users to care. Again with the questions. Next time, write this headline as: "How Diet Coke makes you fat." Microsoft gets you no where on Digg, unless somebody's throwing eggs at Steve Ballmer. Zune was a sponsor at a Digg's last meetup in New York and they couldn't give away T-shirts. This Digg headline is far too wordy. Put down the thesaurus and just use the word "stunning." A common mistake made with Digg submissions is that people think anybody outside of the Bay area knows who people like Mike Arrington, Marc Andreessen, Jeff Bezos and Paul Graham are. As one commenter notes: "maybe there aren't a lotta diggs cuz this story sucks!" The top comment; "You really don't care about duping other submissions, do you, Mr. Rose?" You can't submit a story to Digg that's already hit the front page and expect it to hit the front page. Not even if you're Kevin Rose. Only if you're Mr. BabyMan. (Photo by mariachily)
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