Add value to your WP blog posts with digg dugg

The other day I added digg dugg to my list of plugins. Its pretty cool I like it. I was looking at a way of pulling in some related material to tag on to the bottom of my blog posts. I wanted to be able to plugin a keyword and pull posts from somewhere based upon whatever that word was. I looked at the digg duggplugin and thought cool, that might well work.
I couldn’t see a way of adding db variables straight off the bat into the digg dugg function, so after a little bit of fannying around with single.php I came up with this approach. (I may have missed something and wasted the past hour or so doing this, but what the hey, it works, Im happy)

If you want to display upcoming digg posts using the 1st tag that you used for your blog post. Then here is how you can do it.
After installing and activating the digg dugg plugin.
Pull out single.php from your wordpress blog theme.

In between the comments_template() and the endwhile lines place the code as shown.

<?  comments_template();
function get_string_between($string, $start, $end){
$string = " ".$string;
$ini = strpos($string,$start);
if ($ini == 0) return "";
$ini += strlen($start);
$len = strpos($string,$end,$ini) - $ini;
return substr($string,$ini,$len);
$mytags= get_the_category_list($separator, $parents);
$mystring = get_string_between($mytags, '">', '</a>');
echo"Top 5 upcoming $mystring related Digg Stories";
dd_diggdugg('', 5, 1, $mystring, 'upcoming');
endwhile; ?>

Save it, upload it. Thats it. Done.

Your posts will now fetch the last 5 or whatever number you wish to specify upcoming posts relative to the 1st word you used to tag your original post.

Optional. You could also edit the digg dugg plugin which incidently has a bunch of cool features. and add the nofollow link option. In diggdugg.php just look for instances of a href type links and add rel=nofollow inside the tags.

Is Jason Calacanis a link baiting troll asshat idiot retard?

A few folks at  TW happen to think that some guy named Jason Calacanis is a bit of a Troll  Asshat idiot   Retard…I can’t comment as to whether he is or not as I really dont know the guy well enough to make such an assessment.

Apparently he thinks that 90% of SEO’s are evil/slime and that 10% are not. I do wonder how he arrived at that figure, no seriously I do. Who are these magical 10% where are they even?

Did he not learn a thing from his last little escapade? Perhaps he did, and  he probably thought, wow! Look at all that traffic, all that interest, all those links! No publicity is bad publicity and all that jazz.

I am susrpised at those threadwatchers though. Surely they can see that he is using a classical link baiting hook, the be-a-contrary-bastard hook, aka the insult-as-many-people-as-you-can and see if you can get away with it scott free hook.

What gets me is the people in numbers who react to this stuff, but hey, who could resist, he knows it too.

It seems that SEO’s tarnished rep train is just quietly trundling along like it always has.

Danny Sullivan, a respected search engine commentator recently drew the wrath of the digg community. He wrote a little article entitled  Why The SEO Folks Were Mad At You, Jason over at searchengineland.com. The article got  ‘dugg’ and then subsequently got buried by a lot of churlish digg commenters. Danny felt moved to blog on the reaction and cited a number of responses to his experience.

It was kind of nice to see the article make Digg. I’d actually joked with someone that if I wanted to really try and educate many on Digg about mistaken notions of SEO, I’d need to redo the article next week into 25 bullet points. Then it became popular and I thought wow — maybe people at Digg will actually read it.

Clearly not. Clearly from the comments, it was a case anger toward an industry — much of that due to ignorance and misunderstanding — getting in the way of getting closer to the truth

If you read some of the comments he responds to its very clear that practically all of them didn’t even read what he had to say and just went straight into bash mode. Perhaps these people have drawn some association with SEO being seen as part of the whole blogosphere comment spam and trackback spam daily waste of time and effort parade.

Its a shame really as they really should look beyond the end of their noses, they might just learn a thing or two. Mr Calacanis would certainly be advised to review his 90/10 split, a reverse of positions might be a good starting point, hell maybe he could even do an ‘I saw the SEO light post’ just think of all the links he’d get then?  Maybe those diggers would agree too. 😀

As for Digg itself, I’m not even sure if they publish any kind of demographic of their typical users. Maybe they should consider publishing them, just so we can see how John in Nebrska aged 171/2 has used his considerable life experience to arrive at his well considered conclusions.

As for Mr Calacanis , is he a  link baiting troll asshat idiot retard? He’s certainly making good use of the be-an-ass-and-get-links hook so he passes the 1st test with flying colours, unfortunately I don’t know him well enough to affirm one way or the other as to his resemblance to the latter, perhaps messrs Hochman Agerhart and Groove could supply a definitive answer.

Web PRO News Videos from Search Conferences

Web Pro News have put together some really good videos together over at their site.

This link here entitled the do’s and dont’s of Digg is a great discussion on doing well in Digg as well as things to avoid. Its also a good general discussion around social media, tips for choosing an SEO, PPC and arbitrage, the future of search, trends in the industry and a few other related topics.

If you are interested in search and blogging and site monetisation and social media and all the other stuff that makes up this thing called the internet such an interesting space to play in, then go check them out, they are definitely worth a look!

Good stuff, well done Mike,Neil and Todd . 🙂

Warning: Make sure you have some time on your hand as I spent like um…2 hours watching all sorts of interesting stuff over there!

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