How I Got 10,000 Stars on My GitHub Repository

Stars are a result of value, not a goal in and of themselves

Deepak Kumar
Dec 19, 2019 · 3 min read
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When I was in university, I missed a lot of opportunities like hackathons, conferences, internships, and many global events due to a lack of awareness. Being a freshman, I wasn’t aware of what kind of opportunities were available for students. Of course, we get to know about these things with time and active involvement in the community.

I didn’t want other students/juniors to suffer the same problem. Hence, I created a hand-curated list of all the resources for students/developers.

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The list has gotten more than a million views/impressions on Github and other publications. It has almost 10,000 ️stars and almost 3,000 forks. In total, it has over 590 contributors from across the world.


How I Got Such Massive Traffic

Well, it was never about getting stars on my repo. It was more about the value the list would provide.

I published the list on GitHub, and people from all across the world helped me make this resource list better and better. For the next two to three months, I reviewed every single pull request on the repository and closed more than 800 pull requests.


Community Is Key

Students/professionals/developers from all across the world contributed and made the resources list richer. We have listed most of the people who contributed with their name, social links, and country name.

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Contributor List: A-to-Z-Resources

So, let me tell you briefly about everything we’ve added to the list known as A-to-Z-Resources-for-Students.

The list contains brief and important resources in the following categories:

  • Coding resources
  • Hackathons and events
  • Student benefits and programs, like scholarships and fellowships
  • Open-source programs
  • Startup programs and incubators
  • Internship portal
  • Developer clubs and meetups
  • Conferences
  • Boot-camps
  • Top people to follow (in different categories)

Yes, the list was huge, and I literally took more than a week to search and compile the whole list.


Conclusion

Create and build things that you think can be helpful to others. Finding your own problems and solving them is the key. There may be someone who’s facing the same problem. Focus on creating valuable content, and then more traffic and a larger audience will be the byproduct.

Finally, you can check out my repository on Github.

I’m glad you’re still here. I hope you liked the post. Please don’t forget to give your feedback in the comments. Getting feedback helps me improve.

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