Measuring the Webcomic Audience: Version 0.2
In May, Comixpedia published a "most-read" list based largely on information obtained through comparative traffic rankings from Alexa and Traffic Ranking. For July, we present version 0.2 of our audience measurement project. Remember that this project is still in beta mode, and that we welcome your feedback.
To determine the rankings of webcomics for version 0.1 (May) of the list, we used weighted information from Alexa as one-third of a webcomic's score, and information from Traffic Ranking as two-thirds of the total score. In addition, approximately two-thirds of a webcomic's score was based on unique visits and one-third on total page views.
For version 0.2 of our measurement project we have relied on the same sources but have altered the formula slightly and significantly reduced the weight placed on information obtained from Alexa. In this version of the list, we first use Traffic Ranking data to rank the top 25 webcomics both in terms of unique visitors and in terms of page views. Those rankings are than added together to give the webcomic a score. For example, Penny Arcade placed first for unique visitors and third for page views which were added together to give it a score of 4. Based on the lowest total scores a list of the 15 most-read webcomics was created.
Comparative information from Alexa was than used to fine tune each webcomic's ranking on the final list. Each webcomic was compared to the two webcomics above and below it on the list, and its rank on the list was adjusted based on Alexa information. No webcomic was moved more than two places in this second step of the process and no webcomic was added or removed to the list based on Alexa information.
We have also continued to add webcomics to our watchlist. As before, this list only ranks those webcomics actually on our watchlist. To the extent that we are missing a webcomic on our watchlist that potentially would place on our most-read list, we rely on you, the readers, to bring it (them) to our attention.
We note that many of the webcomics on our list for May return to the list again. Four comics slipped off the list: General Protection Fault, Angst Technology, Bob and George, and Movie Comics. That left room for four comics to move onto the list: Mall Monkeys, Avalon, Get Your War On, and Errant Story. (Of the newcomers to the list Get Your War On and Mall Monkeys were not on the watchlist for May.)
|Rank||Name||URL||Last List||Time on Chart|
|3||Player VS Player||http://www.pvponline.com||5||2|
|4||8 Bit Theater||http://www.nuklearpower.com||2||2|
|14||Get Your War On||http://www.mnftiu.cc||-||1|