Snowtroll wrote:I wouldn't mind if you ran a small ad there, as long as you host the banner and don't allow any code to be added, just a link.
That should make it visible even through the most paranoid adblocker, and since you would be vetting them for suitablility and probably relevancy, I expect they'd be worth a bit more for the advertiser.
How many page views do you get on average for a week?
-On the "no code", that was one of the supposed benefits to Project Wonderful. There's no way for the ad to inject a "code", since everything was filtered through their server. It was an image and a link, that's it.
Having the image self-hosted is, however, a benefit I hadn't thought about. Not sure it's "worth" all that much, but yeah, if the image is basically hosted in the same place as the comic, it'd be tough to block one and not the other. But as I said, that kind of thing add yet more workload on me, having to manually change- and occasionally vet- ads and links and such. I'm not at all sure I have time for it.
On traffic, that's been a point of discussion. Up until today, I had three metrics: Project Wonderful, that did their own page-view tracking so that potential buyers can see how well various hosts were doing (and which guys like me used as an informal way to gauge how well other comics were doing by comparison
) my add-on "ExtremeTracking" app, and of course my host servers' traffic data.
The problem is, none of them agreed with each other. Like, at all.
PW, for example, listed "page views" and "unique visitors". By their specs, I averaged about 3.2K "uniques" (supposedly individual viewers) with around 16K "views". Which, if true, means that every single day
, each and every reader viewed not just that day's new strip, but at least 5 to 10 additional strips.
Part of that can of course be explained that there's always somebody doing a bit of an archive dive, and sits down to read 20, 50 or 100+ strips. Sure, that's to be expected. But every single day? For the past five to ten years? You'd also assume that that "archive dive" number would have gone up with the recent addition of the new "quick link" buttons- and there was indeed a brief bump, but it went right back to the same level after a few days.
Then, the ExtremeTracking numbers puts the "daily visitors" at around 7.5K per day, but doesn't have any differentiation between "daily views" or "uniques".
And finally, the server stats. Which aren't really meant for easy human understanding, they're mainly used for... I'm not sure, the servers to allot bandwidth, or some such like that. And depending on how you read it- and assuming I'm even interpreting what I think I'm supposed to be reading properly- my daily uniques is closer to 16K/day, with "hits" in the range of three to ten times that.
In this case, however, "hits" I'm pretty sure is pure "number of times we fed out an individual file". And so you can get a dozen "hits" by viewing a given page once- the background image is one file, the comic image is another file, the banner image is three files, the HTML is a separate file, the Patreon button is an image file, each "quick link" button is an image file, and so on. So I discount that one- at the moment, with all the separate images, one "page view" likely equals nearly fifty
The issue, too, with the 3rd-party sources like PW and ET, is they are commonly and routinely stopped by ad-blockers, which more and more people have these days.
So generally speaking, I tend to believe my server-stat "uniques" number most, which puts me at about 16K viewers per day. I'm sure that number could be off by thousands, either way- I'm told by any number of sources that even at the IT-professional level, traffic stats are and always have been at least part guesswork and part chicken-entrails fortunetelling.