Digg to Pligg - Easy Social News Links

Apr 25th

Social news sites come to prominence largely over the controversies associated with people gaming them, and without people gaming them few would ever garner a critical mass. Marketers spamming a social news site is part of the growth cycle.

If I can come up with an easy search string to detect that many Pligg sites you have to think that as people and spambots abuse them, the search engines will discount most of their votes, but short and long term there is still going to be value to many of them.

Why buy low quality PR2 and PR3 links from inactive parts of the web when you can get on topic ones for free? Of course most of these communities will have limited value and die (failing to build a critical mass), but if you are submitting useful content to the real ones that will also lead to indirect links and other signs of trust and quality.

Content networks with virtually no content cost, free software, and limited editorial control might call people who submit self promotional stuff spammers, but what are all these sites until they build a critical mass? Parasitic useless noise, a form of spam.

The difference between a spammer and a contributor is that a contributor will post at least a few entries that are not self promotional, and they will also create content worthy of exposure. Both of which help build the community.

If you feel bad about gaming markets just remember that every market and every value system is both self-promotional and gamed.

As a background, here are some background tips on formatting linkbait and free linkbait ideas.

Published: April 25, 2007

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Comments

Dharmesh Shah
April 25, 2007 - 4:10am

There are also social content sites not based on pligg that are starting to emerge.

One example: http://www.DailyHub.com : A social content site for business geeks.

Disclaimer: The DailyHub site is an experiment for a social content app I'm working on.

April 25, 2007 - 4:25am

Now was that comment useful or spam? Depending on ones perspective it could be either, neither, or both.

Azhar Malik
April 25, 2007 - 5:46am

Interesting post, cements my belief that real valuable content and communities which can enable interaction and avoid spam will flourish soundly in comming months.

AhmedF
April 25, 2007 - 5:08pm

Heavily leaning towards 'spam' :)

Kyle M. Brown
April 25, 2007 - 11:58pm

First comment for this topic is questioned by the author. Nice.

We started testing one of these sites using PLIGG and its too early to tell what its worth today but this thing is moving so fast that you have to test everything once.

Maybe it works and maybe it does'nt but once its becomes popular, you window of opportunity is much smaller.

Great content Aaron.

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