Would You Prefer Your Articles To Be Dugg or Shared?

Lately I’ve been noticing that I pay more attention to how many times my articles are shared on RSSmeme and Readburner rather than how many times they’ve been voted for on Digg. I think I can safely say that it’s much easier to get your article shared rather than dugg, though I’m not sure why since it’s the same action with a different name. However, I want to ask you whether you’d prefer your article to be dugg on Digg or Shared via Google Reader or a similar service. First, here’s a look at the differences between the two actions.

Getting Dugg on Digg

digg Cons: It’s hard to get your article dugg. I think the reason why is because the process is much more extensive than sharing an item in Google Reader and because the point of getting dugg is to hopefully make the front page of Digg. The chances of making the front page of digg are pretty slim unless you’re Kevin Rose, which can effectively dissuade people from digging your article.

Pros: On the other hand the benefits of getting dugg are massive. Digg gets a ton of traffic from millions of people on the internet every month. If your article makes it to the front page of Digg, you can expect to your site to slow to a crawl and possibly stop showing up all together. The traffic is awesome and traffic is good, especially if you have advertisements that could use a few clicks.


Having Your Items Shared Via Google Reader

google_reader_logo Cons: Having your items shared is another way to gain popularity. However, this popularity varies from Digg, especially if that item makes it onto FriendFeed. While you’ll get a nice amount of traffic, it won’t be nearly as much as Digg. Also, your target audience would be a lot more specific. A variety of users visit Digg, but normally early adopters and technology evangelist use Google Reader, let alone the ‘Share Item’ feature.

Pros: However, something special can happen. Conversations are more likely to start on and around your article if it were shared more so than if it were dugg. This can bring in a ton of linkbacks. Also, you’re more likely to get visitors that will stick around rather than receive visitors that are only there to read that particular article and nothing more.


So Which Will It Be?

Now that you’re aware of some of the pros and cons. Which would you choose now? Was it the same choice you had in mind when you saw the title of this article?

Corvida Raven

A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven talks tech in plain English on SheGeeks.net.