UPDATE: I can no longer recommend HostGator or Bluehost – read this blog post to see who I recommend.
Have you heard of Pligg?
Do you want to have a community full of like minded people so you can share ideas? Do you want a place where you can promote your own content and get valuable backlinks in the process? Are you interested in using a voting system so the best content can reach the top and receive more exposure? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be interested in Pligg.
Pligg is an open source content management system that allows users to create sites that are similar to Digg. As you know, Digg is a social bookmarking site. You can create a similar social bookmarking site when you use Pligg.
Users can create these sites without any prior knowledge of coding or website development. Once the site is created, people can:
- Register to join the site
- Upload content
- Vote on content
You can create your Pligg site on any topic. For instance, if you market video games, you can create a social bookmarking site for video game reviews or reactions. The same is true for any other topic. There’s really no limit to the topics you can use with Pligg.
Once you create the site, the users will actually take over. They will handle the uploading and voting. You’ll also be able to vote, and you can (and should) submit your own content to be reviewed by the community.
There are several benefits to using Pligg. Pligg allows users to:
- Stand out as experts
- Get important backlinks
- Make money with ads
Stand Out as Experts
If you can provide relevant content to your Pligg site, there’s a good chance it will get lots of recommendations. The more recommendations you get, the more your content will stand out. The more it stands out, the more you’ll look like an expert in your field.
Digg can also help you stand out as an expert, but it’s a lot more work. With Digg, you have to try to stand out among thousands of users. With Pligg, though, you’ll be building your site from the ground up. Thus, you can stand out as a top contributor during the site’s infancy stage. Then, you can maintain that top billing as the site grows, as long as you continue to provide quality content.
Get Important Backlinks
Another great thing about Pligg is it will help you (and your users) get backlinks. I’ve talked about backlinks previously on this blog. If you missed those posts, let me give you a quick explanation. Basically, Google analyzes a variety of factors when determining a site’s ranking. Backlinks are part of that analysis. The more quality backlinks a site has, the higher it will move up in the search results.
Every time you submit your content to your Pligg site, you’ll receive a backlink. These backlinks will add up over time and help your site move up in the search engine rankings.
Make Money with Ads
Finally, your Pligg site can provide you with a money making opportunity. Once your site is up and running, you can display ads on it. Then, depending on your ad network, you can make money when the ad is viewed or clicked. While this won’t bring in a lot of revenue at first, it can become profitable once you start driving lots of traffic to your Pligg site.
If you want to run ads on your Pligg site, you can sign up for an account with AdSense or AdBrite. AdBrite serves up interstitial ads, which means the ads only display after a site visitor views a predetermined number of pages. AdSense serves up contextual ads which are visible the entire time the user is on the site.
If you want to sign up for AdBrite, go to http://www.adbrite.com/mb/.
If you want to sign up for AdSense, go to http://google.com/adsense.
Now that you know the benefits of using Pligg, let’s move on to the installation process.
While there are several ways to install Pligg, the easiest way is to go through Bluehost. Bluehost uses SimpleScripts.com for open source installation. SimpleScripts.com is a single click installation service, so you’ll have Pligg set up and running in no time.
What do you think of Pligg? Do you plan on getting a Pligg site up and running? If so, what topic will your site cover?