I started to blog on 02.03.2016. This was mainly in response to local Polish competition: Daj Sie Poznac. Idea was simple: write two blog posts per week about any type of project. Main question that I have asked myself, how to make your dev blog popular? I won’t tell you exactly, but I’ll share what I have experienced.
In early beginning I have defined my goal. It wasn’t about a project, but it was about blogging. When I take a look where I’m at the moment, I have wrote 23 blog posts. In average it took me around 3 hours per post, so 69 hours. And I have produced around 50 lines of code. This would be the most expensive project ever if my goal was different. But I wanted to become recognized.
- Total views: 6344
- Best ever in a day: 596
- Most popular:
This table is actually the most interesting one. I have much more entries in May and much higher average. However I have been mainly writing the same amount of posts and on same topics. So what has changed?
As you can see http://dotnetomaniak.pl/ is mainly a source of my entries (it’s Polish dev blog aggregator). However there is a number of others chasing it.
I have actually started to promote my blog on https://dotnetkicks.com and Linked In in May. And then it happened.
How to make your dev blog popular?
Write in English
I was thinking a lot should I write in Polish or in English. Both have a lot of advantages and disadvantages: growing local community or sharing knowledge with whole world. But if you want to make your dev blog popular…
As you can see US has beaten up Poland already, despite I started to promote in May, but what is even more important…
… even if these are bots. It looks amazing.
Use proper referrers
In the beginning I was using only Twitter, Facebook and dotnetmaniak to promote my posts. I haven’t been using Twitter ever before, but it seems like it’s almost useless to promote your blog. There is so much noise there that I don’t believe anyone is reading everything. I know that’s harsh, but stats are stats. I assume that if I have more followers, but which came first: chicken or egg?
So the best of the best for me:
- your local aggregator
Update: Reddit is awesome, it’s really front page of the web.
I have only one subscriber to my mailing list. That’s me. This doesn’t work for dev community. Newsletter is waste of time if you want to make your dev blog popular.
(Use proper) Tools
That’s a hint a summary of what I have been using for now.
Blog = WordPress
You just don’t need anything else.
WordPress = JetPack
JetPack is a plugin for WordPress. WordPress mostly doesn’t exist with this plugin. Just install. There are other ways to replace it, but if you are starting just do it.
Have I sad that Twitter & Facebook were useless? In a way it wasn’t that effective as I thought, but it doesn’t cost you anything.
Publicize allows you to automatically publish your post to all social networks. Yes it includes Twitter on Facebook. So even if it doesn’t add much value, it doesn’t cost you any time.
Another plugin to wordpress which helps you to write proper posts that will be easily found by search engines.
I have no clue what are “unknown search terms” but it looks like someone is finding me there.
Enable them when you start. You have much detailed stats there then in JetPack including localization etc. I have done it in May, so these stats may be misleading for now.
Thanks to all visitors. I hope you enjoyed your time here.
Please come again.