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How much traffic do you get from being on the front page of Hacker News?

Joe Heitzeberg
March 20, 2010

Last week’s post “Sell Ice Cream, Not Cream and Ice” received 30X the traffic that I my blog posts normally receive.

Normally I get about 50 to 100 visits per post, but this time my post was voted onto the front page of Hacker News and ended up getting 2,530 visits over a three day period.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1,542 from Hacker News
  • 574 direct
  • 50 from twitter.com
  • 49 from craigslist
  • 32 from jimmyr.com
  • 200+ from various others

Thoughts and observations:

  • “Direct” is probably various twitter clients, mobile apps and email that do not send referrer information.
  • Craigslist? like, wtf? This was directed at my earlier post, “Crucial first hire: the do-it-all office admin”, which was used in a job advert posted by ThinkSpace, an office coworking provider for startups.
  • Average blog traffic before this post: about 15 visits / day
  • Average blog traffic after this post: about 30 / day
  • JimmyR.com is an interesting blog and news aggregator that I’ve never heard of, but it shows the power of syndication for traffic
  • I gained about 30 twitter followers @jheitzeb.
  • I’m not sure how many times my post was shared on twitter since not all were shared through tweetmeme and a lot of the RT’s did not credit my twitter name and changed the post title

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