Being in The Star – Brings 0 Traffic

Well it’s not the first time in my paper, so far I’ve been in The Star, NST and Malay Mail and all result in the same thing, no spikes, no big surge, no extra traffic.

Especially if the article is one from In-Tech, it definitely leads to no extra traffic.

Traffic from The Star

I got a bigger peak from talking about

I wonder why…?

Do all In-Tech readers already read my blog?

Do readers of The Star not use the Internet?

Does no one actually read In-Tech?

I know if you get in a paper in the UK like The Guardian or Daily Mail, you’ll easily get an extra 100,000 unique hits over 2-3 days.

Even if it’s just the smallest mention.

If you haven’t seen the article it’s here:

Blogging and big bucks

Not sure why they chose that picture of me either, but all in all it’s a good article and my face is HUGE in the paper.




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21 Responses to Being in The Star – Brings 0 Traffic

  1. Moses Francis May 30, 2007 at 12:54 pm #

    I think it’s because “readers of The Star do not use the Internet” ;P

  2. hippo May 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    I read here, but I’m category-less. Don’t read The Star much or In-Tech at all, former reader of that NST tabloid 🙂

  3. Freethinker May 30, 2007 at 1:31 pm #

    Yeap… picture even bigger than the Nuffnang and Advertlets…..

  4. spiller May 30, 2007 at 1:31 pm #

    wah. kembang sial.

    at least u got to appear in national paper bro! somemore wanna complaint 😛

  5. stupe May 30, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    LOL…at least you get mentioned…and there is chances some traffic will come from it.

    But perhaps, the lack of traffic is because Star readers can’t CLICK on the paper to come straight here?

  6. eyeriz May 30, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    of course lar. not me writing mar… ahahahaha

  7. Chee Kui May 30, 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    Maybe they read The Star because they don’t surf the net. lol

  8. Azmeen May 30, 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    Man, that sucks. Do they even link to your blog from their online publications?

    Hmmm… I guess this can be my next blog tagline; Provides more traffic to than The Star, NST and Malay Mail combined!


  9. Mossie`Ol Chin May 30, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    i think because of your big face they put on the paper, it made people scared to want to come and visit you..

    anyway, i read you on RSS, no traffic then?

  10. TenthOfMarch May 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm #

    InTech used to be very popular some 6-8 years back. The Star’s Tuesday newspaper seems to get sold off really quickly. I remember buying a copy where someone “stole” the InTech section or maybe they did not put the section in my copy. Can’t say the same now. Maybe it is due to sites like and some thousands of Tech blogs are up compared to the past.

  11. splogger May 30, 2007 at 5:04 pm #

    I do not know about other people but I quit reading InTech about 2 years ago. Lack of in-depth reviews and useful information are the main reasons.

  12. Grant S. May 30, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    Sorry, ST, but that was not the most flattering picture they could have used, surely? Marty Feldman’s eyes 😉
    From the people that I know, In tech is either glossed over, or read then discarded without any attempt to make a note of, or instantly follow up, links. Then it is another day, and it’s all forgotten about ;(
    Bye bye print news media…soon, hopefully.

  13. Dr. Tan May 30, 2007 at 8:54 pm #


    Big gulp!

  14. dharmamaya May 31, 2007 at 10:02 am #

    i heard about your blog from someone (re photography) and the next day i read it in the Star. 🙂 i guess i am one of those who reads in-tech. it is true that not many people read the in-tech section.

  15. lotsofcravings May 31, 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    well thats life la..haha how i wish i can get a mention too..but like u say no increase in no good rite? but i guess no harm also..maybe its just the m’sian readers too slow..

  16. narrowband June 1, 2007 at 2:43 am #

    No spike because we already read you.

    I think it’s also because most Malaysian internet users (probably) already know about ST. To those who don’t, they’re probably not into blogs at all anyway.

    I read the In.Tech but I rarely go surf the links given. Especially when these days they prefer to use tinyurls.. I don’t even bother remembering them, much less jotting them down somewhere.

  17. Chris Chong June 1, 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    Well, it appears that it’s mostly older uncles and aunties who read In.Tech. I mean, most of my friends (in their late 20s / early 30s) don’t read the papers these days.

    While I haven’t got any solid evidence to back it up, it seems that the only section in The Star with a huge following among the youth is the Otaku Zone thingy in one of their pullouts.

    Anyways, I think the sort of people who’d read your blog probably already read your blog anyway.

    Plus – to the less informed – how would they tell one blogger apart from another? It’s not like the early days when bloggers were few and the term itself was a new, interesting buzzword. Now, there are even more bloggers than IT grads.


    Also, considering how the reviews in In.Tech tend to be of the same level of detail or more than what you’d find in T3, Stuff, Max IT, PC.COM, Click! and even foreign print magazines (like Practical Photography, MacWorld, PC Magazine, etc), I think it’s fair to say that all print magazine reviews aren’t in-depth, then.

    The main problem is space. Unlike multiple-page online reviews, there’s only so much that you can cram into two A3- / A4-sized pages with ads and whatnot.

    Just my 2 sen.

  18. ShaolinTiger June 4, 2007 at 1:26 am #

    Moses Francis: That wouldn’t surprise me.

    hippo: Ah, switched sides eh?

    Freethinker: Biggest pic in the article 😛

    spiller: Yeah score some kembang points, that’s about all la.

    stupe: Nah no danger of any traffic at all, it’s kinda hard to read a URL when it’s wrapped around this mornings nasi lemak.

    eyeriz: Beh paiseh la.

    Chee Kui: Yeah I guess most ‘connected’ people read the news online nowdays.

    Azmeen: Yeah it’s linked from the online version too. I don’t see much traffic from you either (if any?), so you’ll have to work a bit to beat it 😛

    Mossie`Ol Chin: But I handsome loh wan isn’t it? Hahaha, yeah RSS counted under feedburner.

    Grant S.: Haha, yeah but at least it’s got some character 😀

    dharmamaya: Ah well do stick around and hopefully you’ll enjoy some of my pics.

    lotsofcravings: Yah la, no harm just kembang a bit.

    narrowband: Yeah that’s the closest to what I would guess.

    Chris: Thanks for your comment, I guess it would be something like that, youngsters mostly read online. Different paradigm of Internet usage now. More bloggers yeah, but still less good ones, especially in Malaysia.

  19. Donny June 4, 2007 at 6:52 pm #

    I think there’s only a limited number of people who read your blog regularly. People who don’t blog usually don’t blog surf either. Have to poison more people to become blogger 🙂

  20. ShaolinTiger June 5, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

    Donny: Yeah I would tend to agree with you, not bothered about them blogging..prefer if more people are reading me haha.

  21. acidict June 8, 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    oh noes they used ur full name ! Auto Kick Ban activated! 😛

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