Track where your GitHub stars/forks came from

GitHub is one of the most popular repositories used by millions of developers worldwide. It has become a go-to platform for developers to showcase their work, collaborate with others, and build their reputation in the developer community. One of the most prominent features of GitHub is its star/fork system, which has become synonymous with success and prestige among developers.

In this blog post, we will explore what contributes to the stars/forks of a GitHub repository and how you can track their sources to improve your GitHub strategy.

What contributes to stars/forks?

The number of stars/forks on a GitHub repository indicates its popularity and activity level. Developers invest heavily in creating useful tools and libraries around their projects and publish them on multiple channels to gain more visibility and attract more stars/forks.

A few factors that can contribute to more stars/forks are:

  1. Creating Impactful Tools and Libraries: The essence of attracting stars and forks lies in the utility and innovation of the tools and libraries developers create. By effectively showcasing these projects across different channels, developers can enhance their project’s visibility, leading to an increase in stars and forks.
  2. Leveraging Word of Mouth: Personal recommendations remain a potent tool in the GitHub universe. When developers share useful tools within their network, it often results in a domino effect, culminating in more stars and forks for the repository.
  3. Embracing Open Source: Transitioning to open source can significantly elevate a project’s visibility. It not only attracts eyes but also invites collaboration, as other developers can fork the repository, contribute to it, and enhance its functionality and reach.

Can we track the sources of stars/forks?

As a developer, you can track the sources of your stars/forks to understand which channels are driving more traffic to your repository. By doing so, you can optimize your GitHub strategy and focus on the channels that are most effective. There are various ways to track the sources of your stars/forks, but one of the popular methods is by using link shorteners and UTM parameters.

Link shorteners like Bitly allow you to create a shortened URL for your GitHub repository. By adding UTM parameters to this URL, you can track the clicks from different channels and see which ones are driving more traffic. UTM parameters allow you to add additional information to the URL, such as the source, medium, and campaign name, which makes it easier to track the link clicks in Google Analytics.

In this method, to track how each channel performs you need to manually create multiple links by adding UTM params for each channel. Even with all these efforts, can these link shorteners actually give you the source of the stars or forks?

The answer will be No!

This is where Krunch can help you track the origin of your GitHub stars.

How does Krunch simplify conversion tracking in GitHub?

Krunch is a useful tool that simplifies the conversion tracking process on GitHub. Using Krunch, you can track the sources of your stars/forks and see from which post or thread your conversion happened. This will help you to understand which channels are driving more traffic to your repository and optimize your GitHub strategy accordingly.

Here’s how you can use Krunch to track your GitHub conversions:

  1. Login to your Krunch account: If you don’t have an account already, you can sign up for a free account on their website.
  2. Create a new Krunch link: To create a new Krunch link, you need to add your GitHub URL to the dashboard. Krunch will generate a unique URL for you that you can use to track your conversions.
  3. AI Summarization: Once you have created your Krunch link, you can use Krunch’s built-in AI summarization tool to create a description that suits your GitHub repo.
  4. Track your conversions: Once you have set up your GitHub repo with the Krunch link, you can start tracking which post, thread, or conversation contributed to stars and forks. You can see which channels drive more traffic to your repository and optimize your GitHub strategy accordingly.

Check out this video where we show an example of how to track the origin of your GitHub Stars and forks:

Conclusion

In conclusion, GitHub stars/forks have become a prestigious metric among developers, and it is essential to understand what contributes to their success. By investing in useful tools and libraries, turning open-source, and leveraging word of mouth, developers can increase the number of stars/forks on their GitHub repositories. Tools like Krunch simplify the conversion tracking process and provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of your GitHub strategy, informing you which post, tweets, threads or channel your forks and stars come from. With these tips and tools, developers can build a strong reputation on GitHub and gain more visibility in the developer community.

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