to Replace Sphinn

The last few days, I’ve been testing a new social voting site named It’s a replacement for Sphinn since they removed voting earlier this month in an effort to increase participation; seems counter-intuitive. I haven’t been to Sphinn in a few weeks and will likely return less and less for stories because it’s editor-fed.

SERPd, however, is open to submissions, voting, tagging, and convenient sharing features. It’s more socially aware and less publisher-deemed important. More about the announcement here.

serpd social news and voting site

It operates very well and includes features like image inclusion (with visible cropping) and a familiar format to social news sites. There’s a bug that throws a PHP error when a non-jpeg image is used for submission inclusion. I’ve found I can back up and choose another image (jpeg) or the default image.

You can see from our most recent post on the upcoming #seochat with Joe Hall, we’ve already installed the SERPd voting button to promote stories from Search Marketing Weekly.

Setup a free account and start submitting, voting and discussing great online marketing stories. If you’re familiar with Sphinn, you’ll be right at home. If not, it only takes a few minutes to get started.

Keep up with the latest news on their blog and you can follow on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. On serpd you have two options with a new story.

    1. upvote if you like it or just don’t vote at all if you don’t like it.
    2. flag it if you think it’s spam or inappropriate or just doesn’t belong on the site at all.

    If you don’t like a story, but it’s on the topic of the site, rather than down voting it as bad, we ask you to just pass on by and don’t give it your vote 🙂

  2. I took a browse at SERPD, but I’ve got a question about it. On Sphinn there was the ability to sphinn or desphinn submitted stories. I didn’t see this option on SERPD, so does that mean you can only “vote up” stories but not vote them down?

  3. I just registered to see how it works. You can vote for something and only AFTER you vote it gives you the option to “un-vote”. Why would you take away a vote after voting for it? Shouldn’t there be a way to vote up then vote down? To me that would be the same concept as sphinn. If I’m going to vote for something I’m not going to nix that vote later.

    • Josh,

      This is because you may accidentally vote for something that you didn’t mean to, and we want to give you the chance to correct that potential mistake.

      Rather than down vote, we prefer people just don’t vote if they don’t like it.

      If it’s spam or not related to the site then you can always flag it which will notify a moderator. Also enough flags from various users will bury the post.

  4. Why can’t we all just get along? Oh, wait, you want to push your agenda instead of mine. [takes ball and goes home]

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