Is the internet doomed?

The world of SEO is spiraling out of control

Every user is a troll

Scroll, click, click, comment, scroll,

*sad emoticon*.

A FEW MOMENTS LATER:

In as surprising move, the spam dude posted his message under the spam girl, on a whole other digg post.

I hate the internet.

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Follow up to Digg/Reddit debate

Wow, thanks to everyone who contributed comments to the previous post. I thought I’d summarize my responses and write a follow-up rather than clutter the comments section in that post. I’d also like to thank everyone on reddit who voted this up to the FP, kept it there for a good portion of the day, and made it one of the most hotly debated posts yesterday. A big thanks goes to those that dugg the story that did indeed get popular but was removed by the censor 40 minutes later (hmmm…).

First off, to all the haters I’d like to say that contrary to appearances, I love digg. Or rather, I loved digg. It’s because I care about the site and the community that I wrote the post in the first place. Yeah, I know it’s silly to take some dumb website personally, but I can’t help it, I do. I’ve spent a lot of hours on digg, so I feel like I have a right to an opinion, and good cause to be frustrated with the way things are right now.

Case in point, the previous post we’re discussing was dugg, and hit the front page for 40 minutes, and then got removed. Not buried, removed. Poof. This kind of censorship has long been discussed, and Kevin Rose’s response has been baffling, at the very least. 

Granted, Digg.com is privately owned and managed. There is no law governing over it where it is required to “play fair”, in a manner we’d deem democratic or transparent. Basically, they don’t owe us anything. However, they were one of the first to sell themselves as an uncensored site that let its community decide what gets popular, and now it just seems like they are suffering from a serious case of talking-from-both-sides-of-their-mouth-itis. This is precisely what currently makes Reddit better. Open Source is more than just a catch phrase. It’s a commitment to transparency and equality within the community.

This, to me, seems to be of key importance to bringing about  a higher standard community news-site.

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Duplicate content conundrum

A well known trick of the trade for easy SEO is to duplicate content found on other websites, nad promote it as your own. However, google and other search engines give penalties to website’s whose sole content appears to be a 1:1 duplicate of preexisting content. So, the question is, how much do you need to change in order to avoid the dreaded duplicate penalty?

As a rule of thumb, a lot of people throughout the industry find that 50% is a good figure to go with. Just rewriting the article is probably easier/faster/better than changing every other word. It provides flow, and a better read.

Adding your own personal spin is also very important. Typically thats one of the reasons someone will choose to read your writings over someone elses. Sometimes it may have been written before, just remember to put your own personal spin on it. The getaway here is simple – Content is King, but Original Content is the Ace. Try using several articles as starting points, then write something of your own. Original beats duplicate every time.

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