This has caused me to reflect on several trends in the traffic of the FB site, one of which I'll talk about today.
For some reason, the League of Monsters comic is far and away the most popular Flashback title we have. It always leads the pack in downloads.
And while this month was different, the same is true for the Butterfly BackStory. Of the three BackStories, it's the random visitor's favorite.
See the stats here for March.
March 2008 Downloads
- /download/LOM-By-Butterfly-Betrayed.rar - 923 (total downloads)
- /download/Paladin-IPaladin.rar - 611
- /download/SaturnKnight-SameTimeNextYear.rar - 549
- /download/Last-Angel-BackStory.rar - 345
- /download/TREX-BackStory.rar - 352
- /download/FantomForce-CauseAndEffect.rar - 312
- /download/Butterfly-BackStory.rar - 252
And check out these stats from August 2007
August 2007 Downloads
- /download/LOM-By-Butterfly-Betrayed.rar - 2929
- /download/FantomForce-CauseAndEffect.rar - 2237
- /download/SaturnKnight-SameTimeNextYear.rar - 1563
- /download/Butterfly-BackStory.rar -657
- /download/TREX-BackStory.rar - 606
- /download/Last-Angel-BackStory.rar - 505
Now, the first question that should come to mind is why did the LOM comic have almost 3000 downloads in August and only 1000 for March? Is traffic on the site going down?
No, quite the opposite actually. This month is just abnormally slow for some reason and in August I got linked from the AppleGazette.com (the premiere Apple news site) and LifeHacker.com (the premiere Tech Geek news site)
When I first started I used to pour over the weekly download numbers with great intensity, trying to decipher the ebbs and flos in my bandwidth.
I gave up on that about 6 months ago.
The fact is, you are just as likely to get a ton of visitors from some arbitrary post on some South American Vampire Message Board as you are from a real news site like the Apple Gazette. (For example, last month, I got a HUGE spike from the One Child One Laptop site because someone asked about reading digital comics on their XO Laptop.
Still, the one trend that never changes is that excluding downloads from my email newsletter recipients (who bust the trend when we launch a new comic) the League Of Monsters is always the top download.
And while I have been pretty adamant about only working on comics with characters not seen so far, looking at this trend makes me wonder if I shouldn't consider a sequel to our League of Monsters comic.
Feel free to chime in.
Would you rather see a new LOM comic or one with a character we haven't featured yet?
NOTE: I want to apologize for this late Blog Post. I would also like to blame Chris Sims. If he had only liked the name SnakeRoot, then this column would have been right on time. :D