I took a look this morning at all of the feature stories Comixpedia has run since it launched almost 18 months ago. Why are some features relatively well-read and others attract lower numbers of clicks from readers? I thought it would be informative to find out which features in fact readers had clicked on a lot to read.
T Campbell’s very first feature on the Business of Webcomics, garnered over 2000 views.
Eric Millikin’s comic on Ready.gov also got almost 2000 views (1800 or so).
One of the most popular features ever on the site was Shaenon Garrity’s Stop Drawing Bad Manga! which has had about 10,000 views.
T Campbell’s History of Webcomics has always drawn a respectible number of readers but Part 4 had almost 4000 views, it’s highest number in the series. T Campbell’s mostly widely read contribution to the site, however, was Strips’ Ends which had over 12000 reads. (I think this is the highest “views” number for a feature on Comixpedia)
Sean Barrett’s piece about college comics and online comics about college also received almost 4000 views.
About the third installment of our short-lived Measuring the Webcomic Audience series, people started paying attention. In September of last year, over 10,000 people checked out the list. In November about 5000 checked out version 0.4 of the list. (The original editorial I wrote for this series also got over 3000 views)
More recently, Emmanuella Grinberg’s article on nudity in webcomics got almost 2500 views.
It’s impossible to know for sure how well-read our January features were because of our server issues that month.
What does all this mean? Hard to tell. There are a lot of really good articles published near the beginning of our run that I suspect have low numbers simply because our overall audience was much smaller than. Our daily audience to the site is now consistently over 5000 or so page views (that’s not an average, that’s basically the floor). Not much in comparison to popular webcomics but much more than the 1000 or so daily page views we had when we started.
There is also the randomness of who links to a feature. That tends to make a huge difference as well. Is there anything to be gained from the topics covered? The articles above seem to dissimilar to me to gain much understanding into what Comixpedia readers might want to see in the future but if you have some thoughts please post comments below.