As you may or may not of known. Digg the popular social news site has sold out to corporations. And now have little influence of what’s on the site. Since the change about one week ago, I have checked the front page everyday and sure enough all the submissions are by corporate sponsors. As the only popular alternative to Digg called Reddit, which has it’s own problems like being known as one of the ugliest sites on the web (which is ironic for a website that you have to read closely) and that it is designed for children and in many ways ran like children.

So does this mean social news is now dead with no alternative? Of course not.

Since the decline of Digg there has been several little wannabees popping up. None have really taken off, but with the fast downward spiral Digg has sent itself into and the dislikes of Reddit from day one. I think it’s only a matter of time before one of these lucky spawns take off.

We have joined them with our social news site PageRanked.com unfortunately have no time to market right now and timing is crucial for the next social news service to come up. If you have time and a desire to compete, we have some tips below of how to start for free.

How to make a social news site for free.

If you want to jump on the bandwagon then best way is with pligg.com , it’s free and works great. Granted the support is terrible and they really don’t care as a company. but free is free, and you can always get your own tech guy to help out when needed.

Once you set up pligg on your new site, you can simple start adding content and start marketing.

It’s toss up who will win, but i can safely say the lost members of Digg are more then enough to keep any site going strong. Just check there website and you will see account closed over and over.

Posted by Charles Yarbrough

Charley has been working as a webmaster since 1998. Since then, he has had his hands in thousands of websites and has helped millions get online through a company he partially owns called Web Host Pro.

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