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Popularity Categories

I know this was discussed some months back, but for the life of me I cannot find it. But I think it deserves it's own topic.

I would like to somehow make categories based on readership. Probably not even making myself clear. I find it hard to know what constitues a comic doing well or on track to doing well.  To so so I want there to be some kind of system. Maybe a scale would be more accurate. Like say:

  • 5 avg readers a day
  • 25
  • 50
  • 100
  • 250
  • 500
  • 1,000
  • 2,500
  • 5,000
  • 10,000
  • 50,000
  • 100,000
  • 250,000
  • 500,000
  • 1,000,000
  • 1mil+

Something like that. To know what end of the scale people are in. Idk if 1million is even to high for webcomics. I want to know what the breaking point is in terms of being successful in readership. Where most comics fall in. Where the elite fall. Anyone care to clue me in/help me out?

ok how about:
10
50
250
1,250
6,250
31,250
156,250
781,250
3,906,250

or:
10
100
1,000
10,000
100,000
1,000,000
1mil+

I still think there should be more categories in the smaller ones as it will produce a more even number I think. Once you hit a certain reader mark, not many go over that. The amount of webcomics with between 10,000 and 100,000 readers maybe be the same as the amount of webcomics with 1,000-2,000. (i honestly don't know, only can assume there will be)

[quote:f6c244007b="Ghastly"]Since I only publish once a week, I'm not concerned with the day to day traffic but the traffic for the overall week. Likewise people who publish 3x a week probably look at their traffic in terms of every two days or so.

Idk, i disagree. Even if your webcomic updates once a week, a think an avg per day would be better suited for the webcomic. It's not as if it's one TV and coems on once a week therefore can only bee seen that day. New strips will continue to be shown tuntil the next strip is published.

The great things about webcomics is that a reader doesn't ncessarily need to match his schedule with yours. The strip will be there Tuesday if he couldn't make it for the Monday update.

i look at the day to day for webcomics who put up new comics every day and those who do it once a week. Iknow most of them would probably be relatively small, but the number of unique a day is mostyl constant with the update day minus weekends. The update day usually does have a highe rnumber of vistors, but visiotrs comign in afterwards still come close and the month's day to day avg is preety accurate for the comic I think.

Any movie can get movie goers in for the first couple fo showings, but after that preimiere it's the real test to see who can still keep bringing them in afterwards, without new content.

Uncle Ghastly's picture

Since I only publish once a week, I'm not concerned with the day to day traffic but the traffic for the overall week. Likewise people who publish 3x a week probably look at their traffic in terms of every two days or so.

Uncle Ghastly's picture

I find I get a huge difference in traffic the day I update and the day after it and then a few thousand fewer readers each day for the rest of the week petering off on a downward slope until I update again.

Hey, I know! We could use that score system featured on those old Leisure Suit Larry games. Like:

5 - Complete Loser
25 - A Little Less Worse Than a Complete Loser
50 - Plain Loser
100 - Underdog
250 - Starting to Pimp Out
500 - Whoring Professional

And so on...

Gianna's picture

"I find it hard to know what constitues a comic doing well or on track to doing well."

Unless you qualify "doing well", I doubt that anyone will be able to help you with your question.

If you mean "living off the earnings from your webcomic", I think that the number of visitors you need is pretty steep, maybe like 100,000 a day or possibly more. You'd probably be earning hundreds of dollars a month of advertising alone, with that kind of traffic. There are other factors there that come into play though, is your public of the credit-card-owning, money-spending persuasion, or are they mostly students who don't even have money for a beer? Do you do a lot of promotion, like going to conventions and selling merchandise there? Are you successful in earning money from advertising? And so on...

If you mean "doing well" as in having a self-sustained readership (people link your comic and bring in new hits, even if you don't promote it), I think that possibly anything over 500-1000 readers a day is doing well.

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Gianna Masetti
thenoobcomic.com

I think it should be a logarithmic scale, like the warp factor from Star Trek.

I think what we really need are classes in contentment with your own work. The success of a web comic should be measured in how much fun you're having drawing it, not how many other people like it.

Also, Ghastly's right. Visitors-per-day is a pretty meaningless statistc for a weekly comic.

Fabricari's picture

I think this is a great topic. To avoid the whole "how to make a living doing comics" issue, it would be worthwhile to set these kinds of milestones, as general practice. I'm an orange belt comics ninja. A few more hits and I'll get my Purple belt! Yay!

I suppose the real break through - which can't totally be measured is when your comic goes from hard sell to word-of-mouth. It'd be interesting where most people see that happen. If you know that number you can push to grow your audiance the cheater's (i kid) way with ads and conventions.

Even then, you can't predict when that last poopy-joke you drew will rocket across the webs.

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison