The Growing List of Domains Getting Banned at Digg


It looks like Social Media is loosing it's warm fuzzy all are welcome democratic mentality. Instead they've taken some pretty aggressive moves banning many sites and blogs in the SEO community. Yesterday I learned that Lee Odden has his domain banned at Digg. Chris who's a regular TW member also put together a list of some domains banned at Digg. The problem is it's possible to be an innocent bystander and have your domain banned, I put up post showing you how to get someone else's domain banned in digg earlier this week.

Can the diggnation going to get it's act together and find a better way to deal with this problem? Now that the New York Times is playing in Digg we should be seeing those little button much further down the food chain, which means more and more sites will become collateral damage.


>>It looks like Social Media

>>It looks like Social Media is loosing it's warm fuzzy all are welcome democratic mentality.

Yeah, that generally looses out to Power. One of the things about power is the ability to ration and allocate the distribution of scarce resources. In this case, the scarce resources are link love, traffic and publicity. Warm fuzzies are great spin for the masses but take a back seat to power darn near every time. Ask Wikipedia, Dmoz and Google.

Got Banned Too

Yeah my own site ( got banned after being out only a week. I think it's becoming increasingly easy to manipulate Web 2.0 to malious uses.

Thank You

Yeh but diddy1, from your

Yeh but diddy1, from your blog...

"Now let me point out the fact I’ve personally submitted all 34 posts I’ve posted on here"

No alarm bells ringing there? :P

I run a few fourms and quite a few times I've banned "legitimate" users for various reasons. The point being is that you don't need to be a dirty spammer to get shafted - sometimes just taking the piss can do the trick, regardless of the quality of your content.

The list of banned domains seems be gone, but I was surprised to see a few names on it (DP and e-academy). But that said, how much digging was actually being done by users, how frequently and how often was it being picked up by regular Digg users?


The 10e20 story on this

The 10e20 story on this (linked in the OP) made it to the front page for a few minutes and then disappeared...

Digg Users

>how often was it being picked up by regular Digg users?

At this stage SEO's are a part of the digg community, quite a few are in the top 100 users.

SEOs do tend to get labelled

SEOs do tend to get labelled with the same brush though - it doesn't take much for the industry to be viewed in a poor light. Hell, on my non-SEO forums I almost instantly blitz any posts with keyword links or a mention of SEO. And that isn't a reflection of my opinion of SEO - it's a reflection of the fact that there are a LOT of people in the industry that take the piss.

How far would I have to push Threadwatch before I get banned? Submitting every blog post I make as a new news item? Registering fake users to re-inforce the points I'm making?

Of course TW is different because editors are much more able to sort content on a qualititative basis, whereas Digg relies on a more quantitative method. Still, the general point is the same - people only have to push the rules so far before something breaks and changes have to be made.

While I've no doubt that there are plenty of SEOs that submit quality stories to Digg which are within the guidelines for submissions AND accepted by the community, I would assume that there are a hell of a lot more submitting utter, utter shite.

How long did it take DMOZ to get overloaded with submissions during the 2001-2003 explosion of SEO? ;)

I agree though that Digg should be actively working on ways to avoid collateral damage from any anti-spam changes they make, but then that process is just going to be abused as well.

It's just typical of the SEO industry logic - apply a formula for success to a page / a site and rinse / repeat (and in some cases, go crazy repeating a million times). IMO social marketing requires a much more strategic approach - you need to pick your battles much more carefully.

While some of the banned domains are most likely innocent casualties, I would suspect that most are the result of a badly implemented social marketing strategy.

Ecademy for example is a high traffic site with lots of user submitted content. Each article is posted with a Digg this button. I would hazard a guess that authors have been Digging their own work and perhaps a handfull of users have been Digging the articles as well. While an innocent approach, the collective effort results in a huge portfolio of Digg submissions, most of which won't really make the grade and get buried.

Is it an issue for Digg? Yes - they should be able to handle stuff like this. Is it an issue for Ecademy? Yes - they should revise their social marketing approach.



...when was Digg ever warm and fuzzy? IMHO it's primarily a collection of hecklers, interspersed with SOME nice and warm people. Lots of criticism.

I don't have anything against that, but 90% of the "first comments" I have ever read were of the sort "That's just so lame, I can do way better", so -- ummm -- to me, Digg =/= warm and fuzzy.

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