Gabor Szabo - full-stack trainer and contract (bug) killer

Reversim 2017

Reversim Summit is an annual conference in Israel. The talks are almost exclusively in Hebrew.

Due to an accident I could not make public calls for the pre-conference sight-seeing, and even the hike after the coneference was only announced at the end of the first day.

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How to promote a new web site - how to get visitors

There are plenty of blogs and other sources on how to promote a new content-heavy web site and how to get visitors, yet there are people who ask me. Maybe because I had success once.

So let me list a few thoughts:

  • Set up a web site on a domain that describes the subject, start writing articles.
  • Set up a newsletter where people can subscribe and you notify them for every new article. e.g. use Mailchimp. Set this up early!
  • Create something that will encourage people to sign up to your newsletter. E.g. Offer them a free e-book. It works even if the e-book is thin.
  • Set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools. They will provide invaluable insight.
  • Make sure you have a visible RSS/Atom feed people can subscribe to.
  • Create a sitemap.xml and submit it to Google Webmaster and other places where it might be relevant. Read about sitemap.xml files
  • Add a robots.txt. Learn about robots.txt from Google and Moz
  • Use the appropriate metadata in the header of HTML files. See Guide to Noindex, Nofollow, Canonical and Disallow
  • Promote every article via the Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+.
  • If there is a Reddit group dedicated to the subject, occasionally post there too.
  • If it is relevant post at Hacker News
  • Find channels where people interested in the subject might lurk and post there.
  • Check if there is a Weekly newsletter about the subject (like the Perl Weekly I run) and try to get included there.
  • Try to get on a podcast about a subject and promote it there.
  • Learn about SEO - Search Engine Optimization. Especially about the part on finding new and relevant subjects to write about. Moz seems to be a recommended source.
  • Find other blogs that talk about "Content marketing" or similar subjects. Learn techniques from them.
  • Find sites that are related to yours and see if you can get them link to you.
  • But avoid link exchanged and linkfarms!
  • As your site grows people will ask you questions that can be used as subjects for new articles.
  • Use both words that are proper in the subject and words that are used by people who are not professionals in the subject. Those people will search using the words and expression they know. You have an opportunity to show your content to them and to teach them how thing are correctly called.

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Perl Dancer eBook: Angular, React, or Vue?

Thank you for your support!

The campaign for the Single Page Application with Perl Dancer and jQuery has reached its goal, but the campaign has not ended yet. I've started to write and publish the Dancer SPA eBook, but I am offering a secondary goal to add more content and more value to the book.

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Perl Dancer eBook Crowdfunding campaign

Two days ago I've launched a crowdfunding campaign to write a book called Single Page Application with Perl Dancer.

I've taught this subject several times so I already have a large chunck of the material as slides. I "just" need to convert it into a book. Nevertheless I will only do this work if there is some interest in it. Hence the crowdfunding campaign.

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Bailador 0.0.12 released and the Bailador Book is progressing

August was a bit slow, but Martin Barth has released Bailador version 0.0.11 on 2017.08.26 and version 0.0.12 on 2017.09.09. Development speed seems to be picking up again now that the summer has ended and kids are busy with school.

The changes of 0.0.12 2017.09.09

  • Added logging to StaticRoute, if a requested file was not found
  • Class attribute in Routes with Controllers are no longer of type Str but a class type
  • Gradual serving now creates the sitemap.xml on the fly.
  • Examples have been reorganized and some more tests were added.
  • Require classes in controllers if they're not loaded
  • Convert Failure to Exception - error handling for missing controller classes
  • Log if template or layouts were not found and avoid "internal server errors".

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