A post got 20.000 visits and 1700 votes in reddit. The same post got 2 votes and 50 visits in Dzone. WTF?

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)

dzone php

In Reddit (/r/programming subreddit, direct link).

reddit php

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

Do you have any strategy to maximize your chances when submitting to these networks? Anything you’d like to share?

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