My web logs indicate that the site received more than 10,000 page views yesterday, which is pretty exciting for a new webcomic author such as myself; I'm fairly sure this is the first time it has happened (I wasn't so good about managing my logs in the site's earlier days), and I think I can chalk it up for the most part to this week's A* ad campaign on Project Wonderful
being unusually successful. The vast majority of the views are from the daily comics, as you can probably deduce from the still fairly small number of views the movie episodes have on YouTube.
Hopefully this rate of visitors will start to happen more often as comics for episode 6 start moving forward. I just want to give you loyal readers advance notice that once the site is averaging about 10,000 page views per days, I'm going to start selling ad space on these pages; I don't like ads any more than the rest of you, but I've learned that selling ad space is a major part of how the webcomic game is played, and if I intend to stay in the game, I gotta start turning A* toward the golden land of profitability...and there are ads there. :P
Now, if you really hate ads, they'll be easy to block, because they'll all be coming from Project Wonderful (projectwonderful.com), and won't be Flash or anything tricky like that--I don't think I'll be allowing any sort of animated ads, for that matter. All you'll have to do is set your browser to block ads from that source, and they'll never trouble you again.
Just wanted to give you a heads-up on that; it's probably still a good ways off, as the site's popularity yesterday was probably something of a fortunate aberration, but hopefully (I say this selfishly) not *too* far off.
For those perversely interested in the gory details, my current thought on ad placement is:
- 1 "leaderboard" ad across the top of each page, above the main menu
- two rows of small "button" ads along the bottom of each page
- one "skyscraper" ad down the side of each page (these wouldn't be placed on the forum, art gallery, or "more comics" pages)