WpVote – Digg Site for WordPress Fanatics

For most of us, it is for sure that we have used a lot of news aggregation website out there to promote our blog post as it can bring massive incoming traffics. Some of the sites are focusing on general audience while some of them are strictly focusing on smaller market and in more specific area.

The problem is…

The problem that most of WordPress bloggers are facing are when they submit their blog post especially the beginners is the post have to compete for vote with other post from websites that have a really huge follower and fans that will push the votes for post from those websites up and into the front page.

In the end, only the same websites will be appear in the front page and get massive votes while blogs that are pretty new and have less followers will still get less attention and votes although the post that have submitted can have better quality than the popular sites.

WpVote – Digg Alternative for WordPress bloggers

However, realizing that there is huge demand for news aggregation site that can cater WordPress bloggers, Jean-Baptiste Jung from WPRecipes.com has developed a news aggregation site,WpVote that is strictly for WordPress related articles. Initially, this site gained a lot of attention and however, after a few months, the buzz started to fade.

WpVote

It is because previously, WpVote was using Pligg, a CMS that help to develop site that is similar to Digg. This CMS wasn’t easy to modify and had some annoying bugs which makes WpVote harder to maintain. To make things worse, the site was constantly being spammed.

However, a new version of WpVote has just being launched under a new owner, Ben Gillbanks who bought WpVote from the previous owner in December 2009.

Why you should use WpVote?

WordPress bloggers should use the WpVote as it can provide the exposure that your blog post should get for the quality which it has as this site is strictly about WordPress. So, there will be less ‘noise’ in the site which can affect the attention of any visitors who visits WpVote. They will know what to expect from WpVote.

Here are few details on how WpVote works and the rules which you should.

How it works

WpVote works just like any other social bookmarking site:

  • User creates her free account
  • User submit stories about WordPress
  • If other users enjoy the story, they vote for it
  • If the story has 5 votes or more, it is promoted to the homepage as a featured article

Rules

  • Only stories related to WordPress can be published on WpVote
  • No affiliate links
  • No spam.
  • Only stories in ENGLISH are allowed.

If you break theses rules, your story and your account will be deleted.

Unfortunately, it does not come with button which we can embed into our blog post which I think a crucial element for the success of news aggregation site. Besides it makes it easy for bloggers to promote their posts, it can also be a marketing tool for WpVote.

Have you used it?

Have you use WpVote? What do you think about it and how well your post performs in WpVote? It would be great to know more about WpVote and your opinions are definitely much needed.

12 Responses to WpVote – Digg Site for WordPress Fanatics

  1. ariff says:

    Only stories about wordpress? On the bright site, it would be a great place to look for everything related to wordpress. New plugins, themes, mods, you name it! (as long as people keep posting stuff there)

    The other side of the story is that, sooner or later people might get bored with it. In comparison to Digg, the are lots of things there, from lots of different categories.

  2. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    I don’t think that people will get bored with it as this is we called a niche market and more important thing is, the niche is rapidly growing.

    For example, one of my site about bicycle – get 3 times page views in its first few days as compared to this site, which at that time around 5 months old.

    However, the problem that WpVote will probably face is lack of support from the communities as the owner seems is not actively promoted it and lack of ‘WordPress integration’ such as voting button.

    When only this problems solve, I believe that WpVote will be a huge hit.

  3. I find WpVote to be interesting enough. With wordpress, there are constant changes, so I guess I just found a new website to check out before launching another blog.

  4. Thats true Helmi. WordPress is so vast, there is so much to talk about and the best part is that everything is constantly changing, so you just have to keep up! 😉

  5. ariff says:

    I see. Well I guess I’m still not that knowledgeable enough with all this WP stuff.

    But it’s a shame if the owner fail to promote WpVote to the WP community when the potential is already there.

  6. Kushal Chap says:

    Nice idea and really unfortunate that the past owner failed because there is so much potential in wordpress. Too bad its just wordpress though, there is just so much you can write about wordpress. Maybe it would be better if it was just for designers and developers.

  7. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    The mistake that I think the past owner made is to use Pligg CMS as the platform for the site. For the current owner, he uses Wordress. Pligg has a lot of bugs and has not much support especially from the internet communities.

    About the topic, actually the site want to cater to niche area ie WordPress. For designers, there is already site for them such as Design Bump.

  8. ariff says:

    A suggestion, why don’t you put your post up there. Seems a good idea.

    One setback for WP-Vote is that they don’t have any connect function with some other social media network such as Facebook and Twitter. I’d be more than glad to use Wp-Vote is logins are as simple as pressing the Facebook connect button.

  9. Kushal Chap says:

    Oh I never have heard of DesignBump

  10. Mike says:

    hmmm this seems cool as it is only for wordpress users. That is great the more community we have the better

  11. ariff says:

    I’ve checked wp-vote. Seems like it is still slow. Need more people using it and spreading the word of it at the same time

  12. Kushal Chap says:

    A lot of people don’t seem to be using this service

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