Digg.com is a social content site. Users submit articles that they like and find interesting and other users can then "digg" these articles. With enough diggs, an article can make it to the front page of digg.com (and as a result, a lot of server-crushing traffic ensues).
Last night, a new feature was added to Website Grader which will uses the newly available digg API (application programming interface) and shows a summary of digg submissions for a website.
Here's the information we currently grab and show:
1. How many articles from the website were submitted to digg?
2. What's the total number of "diggs" (votes) that these articles received?
3. How many of these articles made it to the digg popular page?
Since Website Grader attempts the measure the marketing effectiveness of a website and social media sites like digg.com are becoming increasingly important as way to gauge audience interest, it seemed like a natural thing to check out the "digg-savviness" of a website.
So, back to the original question: Does getting a bunch of articles on the digg front page improve your grade? The answer is: Yes, but not directly. Since this is a new feature, it is not incorporated into the algorithm that calculates the final grade yet. We may change this later.
Check out the new feature and let me know what you think. Might also be interesting to run a report for some of your competitors and see if any of them have been able to get an article on the digg front page.
And, in case this article winds up digg.com, give it a digg. Would be cool for WebsiteGrader.com itself to have an article on the digg popular page.