Thursday, May 14, 2009

How to get 62099 unique visitors to your blog in one day

I spent the last two days in New York City attending a conference (the Enterprise Search Summit) and didn't have time to check Google Analytics (for my blog traffic) until just now. Imagine my shock to discover that my May 12 post, "One of the toughest job-interview questions ever," drew 62099 unique visitors from 143 countries. Plus over 125 comments.

So I guess if you want to draw traffic to your blog, the formula is very simple:

1. Get a job interview with a large search company.
2. Talk about one of the interview questions in excruciating depth.
3. (Optionally) Spend an inordinate amount of time discussing algorithms and such.

Conversely, if you want to completely kill your blog's traffic numbers, the formula for driving people away seems to be:

1. Discuss CMIS (the new OASIS content-management interop standard).
2. Fail to mention some kind of programming topic.
3. Avoid controversy and don't piss anyone off.

Hmm, I wonder which recipe I should gravitate toward over the next few weeks?

Aw heck, screw recipes. This is not a cooking show.


  1. Anonymous10:33 AM

    This is probably why :)

  2. My previous plan to get 62,099 visitors to my blog was to post describing a Scala app embedding Clojure sending JSON docs about Paul Graham to CouchDB which then tweets its status. Somehow monads and zombies would also be involved.

    I like your idea better.


  3. Anonymous11:09 AM

    I heard someone mention Zombies and came running. It appears that it was a sarcastic remark, so I'll be leaving again.

  4. You forgot these!

  5. Very interesting indeed. Do you know what's the stats the day after? and how about your Rss subscriber count, or twitter followers?

  6. Surely someone posted a link on reddit.

    Here is another way to generate tons of hits:

    1. I don't know anything about Scala.
    2. BUT: I cut over my infrastructure to Scala.
    3. I don't have any performance numbers, but I can tell you, "IT SCREAMS".

  7. Anonymous4:41 PM

    In fairness, while I'm sure that CMIS is a really interesting topic to someone that will be affected by it, it's just a topic with such a narrow field of interest that I'm not really concerned with it.

    Maybe if there were some kind of post explaining why I should care about CMIS, I might change my mind. :-)

  8. I share with all of you some tips to get a lot of traffic to your blogs:

    Tip 1: Make a good content

    Tip 2: Make a brand around your blog

    Tip 3: Get high quality backlinks

    Tip 4: Promote your site on social websites like facebook, myspace and news aggregators like digg.

    Tip 5: Post frequently

    Tip 6: Be patient. Good results come with time.

  9. Anonymous10:19 AM

    This is great :)

    Fluxow @

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