One Million Page Views

6 years ago | Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

Hey, for what it's worth, sometime this morning Legion of Nothing passed one million page views since I started the site in 2007. Approximately 500,000 of that million are since January 2012.

I'm happily surprised. I knew I'd hit one million this month, but I didn't realize it would be this soon.

At the same time, I'm pretty sure there are webcomic sites that get that many in a week. I'm also quite sure that there are serials that passed the one million mark long ago.

It makes me happy anyway.

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  1. George M. Frost (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Jim. I'm as happy for you as I am jealous.

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  2. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    George: Thanks. As much as anything else, this is result of persistence.

    And with regards to not so fun statistics... Last year I had 52,000 pieces of comment spam. This year I'm already up to 50,000. The vast majority were caught by Akismet (Wordpress's anti-spam plugin).

  3. George M. Frost (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I am significantly less jealous about that.

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  4. Alice (Blocked)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I don't know ... you can tell your serial is doing badly when even the spam bots have given up posting. I haven't had spam in ages.

    Congrats on reaching a million.

  5. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Congrats indeed.

    Did you notice a trend where, after the spike in January, things continued coasting along afterward? I assume that's tied to the book.

  6. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Congrats Jim! That's excellent.

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  7. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Wildbow: I don't think it's book related. The book came out in July 2012. I didn't see much of a change then. I do sell more books when I'm getting more readers though. Legion's always grown through a combination of links from other authors who linked to the story, directories (WFG, Muses Success, and--originally--Pages Unbound), a little bit from fan fiction sites, and also a small, but constant amount of advertising by me.

    Basically I spend a maximum of 10 dollars a month on Project Wonderful. I initially spent more than that (30? 40?) in spring 2010, and it actually had enough of an effect that I've continued at a lower level ever since.

    Here's a graphic of my site's overall growth. You'll note that it's not a straight upward climb, but the direction is consistent.

    Alice: For the first six month of my serial 40 page views a day was pretty typical (and even by the end of a year, 40 wasn't impossible). Now, I get more than that entire year of pageviews in a typical month. It's largely a matter of time. More people link to me now, and thus I get more people investigating and reading.

    In my first and second year, I had roughly 500 pieces of comment spam--practically nothing.

    Ubersoft: Thanks. I'm sure your webcomic passed that point a while ago.

  8. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Always very interesting to see people's stats. When I started out, I had nothing in the way of a yardstick to compare myself against.

    I assume the spike around mid-2010 was the advertising at work? I've seen the same thing, where it peaks, levels off and you wind up with a higher average after the fact.

  9. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    That's exactly it. I tried advertising in May/June of 2010, and I've continued ever since (at a lower level). Sometimes though, I've wondered if I should do a big push every so often if can find the right sites to do it on.

    With regards to comparing stats... I've sometimes thought we'd all be better off sharing stats and marketing techniques. In the indie (tabletop) roleplaying game design scene, it's pretty common to post your sales stats. It's not for bragging so much as giving people a sense of what's realistic and also explaining what they've done to affect those stats and how they've done it.

  10. Amy Kim Kibuishi (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Man, that is so awesome. I wouldn't downplay it either. A million views is great, especially nice considering the consistent upwards trend! :D Congrats, Jim!

  11. AGreyWorld (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I work as an analyst (though I haven't really done much yet) and I find all these stats fascinating. Congratulations! I was so happy when I passed 10,000! A million is just... Yeah. Lots.

    But it is nice to see where I am on your scale of things - About seven months in and looks like I'm in a similar place as yours was with a 4-5 thousand a month. Nice to know!

  12. NaomiL (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    4 -5 thousand a month? Wow. And suddenly I feel dreadfully underachieving ;-).

    But no, that quite impressive, congrats! And congrats Jim for the one million!

  13. alex5927 (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Lolz this makes my 286 look like nothing. Of course, that's probably because it is, but still.

  14. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Jim. Well done :)

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