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A miraculous blogstory: how to get 120,000 visitors in one day?

I tell you the story of my blog’s recent success. Since the start in November, I’ve been struggling to reach a number of readers of about 300 and 20 feedreaders. And then, on Thursday, before going to the cinema, I decided to submit one of my most successful posts (The youngest mother) on reddit.com to see how many users would come to my site. After coming home (the film, Blood Diamond was fantastic), I saw that 1,200 users clicked on that post from reddit. I was very content, then I went to sleep…

Next morning shock: 50,000 readers and the number was still growing! What happened? Somebody dugg my reddit post. It’s not a big deal as I’ve already dugg it in December but in the Health category. This time, this user dugg me in the Off-beat category (summary: 3892 diggs) and I finished the day with a splendid number of 118,000 readers and more than 6000 feedreaders. I got more than 40 links from 30 blogs in just one day. Scienceroll was the No. 1 at blogtopsites.com and rankingblogs.com. Take a look at my stat images. Ridiculous, aren’t they?

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Wordpress statistics

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Wordpress stats of my feedreaders

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Sitemeter stats

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My most visited posts

How and why did it happen to me?

  1. The most important point, I was lucky.
  2. I used reddit to popularize a successful, but old post of mine.
  3. I’ve been dugg at the best time, in the best category.

What could I do to make it happen again?

  1. If a medical blogger wants his/her words to reach a great audience, then he/she must write some kind of popular medicine related articles aside from the real medical, scientific ones.
  2. We have to popularize these articles.
  3. Sometimes just pick one of your old, but successful posts, clean and improve them with interesting videos, news and digg or submit it on reddit. (I did the same with my article Fighting cancer with video games and I’ve been mentioned in 3 blog carnivals – including Grand rounds and Mendel’s Garden – and several blogs such as Kevin, MD.)

Conclusions:

  1. Even if I write mostly about medicine, hardcore clinical genetics and diseases, sometimes I have to provide interesting and weird content to get more readers.
  2. I must be more experienced about how to use web 2.0 tools to popularize medicine.
  3. And I still have to keep up the hard work, post every day and if possible, find treasures like the youngest mother.

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29 Comments Post a comment
  1. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the secret – and taking time out to also post the stats.

    farrukh

    February 19, 2007
  2. I will have to give it a shot.

    -J. Kaiser

    February 20, 2007
  3. I must thank you for the tip as well. I decided to give it a test run tonight and have already gathered about 150 hits in the last 30 minutes.

    February 20, 2007
  4. It is great if it can help you gathering some hits. :)

    February 20, 2007
  5. ATW #

    You’re such a modest and sincere person. You remind me of Zig Ziglar’s statement “You can get everything you want from life if you help enough people get what they want out of life.” There’s a relationship in there.. trust me! :-) Thanks for sharing…

    February 20, 2007
  6. webpdq #

    Wow, that’s incredible.

    February 20, 2007
  7. syahid ali #

    incredible is as incredible does. congrats!
    http://coolware.blogspot.com | http://belacan.wordpress.com

    February 20, 2007
  8. Thank you all, I tried to provide something useful and also interesting.

    February 20, 2007
  9. thanks for giving sharing it to us.. btw, i watched Blood Diamond too.. its a great film..and I agree to you, it’s fantastic! ;)

    February 20, 2007
  10. i have my own success story you know!
    http://mozey.wordpress.com/2007/02/20/front-page-in-wordpress-finally/

    February 21, 2007
  11. :) It’s great. BTW, that post was really funny…

    February 21, 2007
  12. Amazing! Obviously, the post you put on reddig.com had something to do with the success as well. I mean, if it was just crap, it wouldn’t’ve been as successful as it is right now.

    Good luck, man.

    February 21, 2007
  13. This is a great commentary on how to use those tools. Thank you for sharing.

    February 21, 2007
  14. Oh, and congrats!

    February 21, 2007
  15. Great Post for any blogger in any industry. thanks

    April 14, 2007
  16. You’re most welcome! :) I hope anybody can use this method.

    April 16, 2007
  17. Sam #

    Wow this is just unbelieveable. Thank you for creating this blog. I am really learning a lot from your posts.

    July 3, 2007
  18. Sam #

    BTW just want to let you know that the link to this post in “my best posts” is pointing to “Fighting cancer with video games”.

    July 3, 2007
  19. Thank you, Sam for the kind words. :)

    The link is correct.

    July 3, 2007
  20. Please elaborate on this — I used reddit to popularize a successful, but old post of mine. I’m really interested with this one.

    November 5, 2007
  21. This is a awesome improvement. But I sttll can’t believe that… Thank you for sharing with us…

    November 22, 2009
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