Friday, January 08, 2010

How I got 50,000 page views by simply being me

Today on Hacker News there's a post about a user who 'engineered' two postings that resulted in 60,000 page views. That post annoyed me because the last thing people like is to know that they've been manipulated.

The other day I blogged about being a geek with an Ikea train set and for some reason that post really captured the imagination of a certain part of the Internet.

I hadn't expected that post to be so popular, and I certainly didn't tailor it to any community. It was just me being me.


But within hours it was on the top of Hacker News, on the front page of Reddit and Wired, and being tweeted widely.

I try to make my blog genuine, if you follow it then you'll be getting a raw feed of me and that could cover all sorts of topics. On the other hand there are many blogs that pander (to varying degrees) to different communities. Part of the reason I follow very few RSS feeds is that much blog writing is vapid self-promotion.

5 comments:

Rohit said...

You did it again with this post. :)

Mark Essel said...

Very cool John. The only stat I'm concerned with now though is visitor length. How long did folks stay on your page (did they read it). I found out not too long ago that most social media referrals (and other readers) see the page and bounce in less than 10 seconds. In some cases it may be the same visitor opening a tab, then coming back to the article.

But after some looking around, it appears only 10% of Net browsers read.

Walt Jones said...

Your Ikea post was excellent geek entertainment and inspiration!

Richard said...

<< much blog writing is vapid self-promotion >>

Wow, you mean like this post!??!

John Graham-Cumming said...

@Mark Essel

I took a look in Google Analytics for you at the stats for people who entered my blog on the Ikea train post.

1. The average time on site for jgc.org over the last three months if 40s.

2. The average time on site starting at the Ikea post is 2m48s.