If you have one or more blog posts “Digged”, Digg might yield more incoming traffic than Blog Search engines like Google Blog Search or Technorati – even long after the story got dugg, and without getting even close to the Digg Frontpage. Lots of people use Digg as a search engine – and because of its huge popularity, Digg might be more important a search engine than Technorati or Google Blog Search, even if the search feature for Digg is secondary.
Digg searches are analogous to the above-mentioned blog searches:
- full text search for keywords in story titles and descriptions
- a link search to list the stories digged with (and within!) that url, or…
- stories pointing to a specific url
Which is why I adopted my Google Blog search bookmarklet to a Digg version:
Digg Search Bookmarklet installation
- Right-click this link: Search Digg and choose “Bookmark This Link”
- Click the “Create in” dropdown and choose “Bookmarks Toolbar Folder”
- (quick alternative: drag Search Digg to your links toolbar…)
- Right-click this link: Search Digg and choose “Add to Favorites”
- Click “Yes” if there is a “May not be safe” popup
- Choose “Links” in the “Create in” pane and click “OK”
Using the bookmarklet
- Select a keyword or a phrase in your browser and click the bookmarklet, and you’ll get a list of “hot stories” on that subject.
- With nothing selected, get the digged stories who have a url containing your current location (you probably will want to start from a homepage, e.g. to see the “Digg popularity of a certain blog, unless you search for stories pointing to a specific frequently discussed URL like www.google.com/calendar ).
- Firefox users: open a new tab with CTRL+T, click the bookmarklet, and you’ll be prompted for a seach query