A few days ago, I published this post in my software modeling and development blog. I then submitted the post to two popular social networking/sharing sites for developers (Dzone, and reddit). You can judge yourself the results I got
In Dzone ( direct link)
In Reddit (/r/programming subreddit, direct link).
Completely opposite results that ended up in Reddit sending me around 20.000 visits for only around 50 from Dzone. In fact, this is not the first time I see this. I’ve had similar experiences in the past with other posts (though the results had never been so extreme) and sometimes in the opposite direction (a post liked in Dzone but not so much on reddit). I have no clue why this unpredictable behaviour. Both sites target, in principle, the same developer community, but I guess they appeal to a slightly different profile of developers. Obviously, this is impossible to know for sure based solely on my few personal experiences (if you have experienced something similar, or not!, please let me know).
So, I’m sorry but I can’t help you guess when a post would work well in Reddit and when it would work well on Dzone (nobody can), I just wanted to help you
- Realize that the fact that one of your posts is not appreciated in a social network doesn’t mean that it will not get the appreciation it deserves in the next one so it’s worth to try at least a couple of them before you give up
- Remember that even if you don’t make the front page of any of them, it’s not a big deal. I mean, obviously it’s always nice to make it (and great for your ego) but based on the (few) times I’ve been there (even once for the wrong reasons on Hacker News), the long-term impact impact of this achivement for your business is less than you may think
Do you have any strategy to maximize your chances when submitting to these networks? Anything you’d like to share?