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DD Ranks: does it actually matter to you?
Niccea at 9:10AM, April 3, 2011
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Oh they work. Drunk Duck Mafia's rank has been steadily climbing. The rank of this comic doesn't matter much to me, but I thought I would check on it.
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usedbooks at 9:53AM, April 3, 2011
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It used to matter to me, but my comics have settled into their spots and remained there for years, so I almost never look at those numbers anymore. I guess they don't matter to me now.

In terms of feedback/stats, the thing I still find significant is comments. I get particularly bummed when more than one of my regular commenters is absent and giddy when one that has been away awhile returns). I also find the referral links (found out through PW and site counter/stats) somewhat interesting. I like to know who is linking to me and why. I haven't seen any new URLs on those lists in some time, but every now and then, one shows up and brightens my day.

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I just checked in for anyone who is interested in my numbers.

UB is #208 overall (usually it stays in the 200's or 300's)
Gelotology is #297 overall (actually higher than I expected, I haven't been able to update in awhile)

Both of them have been in the top 100 at one point or another. (UB hit it a couple times; Gelotology managed only by the grace of a feature. XD ) That was a nice but short-lived ego boost.
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MrHades at 2:04AM, April 4, 2011
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Weird. My comic, Vanguard, usually is in the low 100's, but I only ever see the same half dozen people commenting. I'm trying to crack the top 100, but with only one/two updates a week, I can't see that happening.
Hey, why not follow me on Twitter? User name: @THE_MrHades
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skoolmunkee at 5:23AM, April 4, 2011
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I can't even figure out why some of my comics are ranked the way they are, so I just don't even pay attention. :]

For example:
my “test comic” where I just toss up images or test html code once every couple of months is #1,818 in Comic Strip #5,426 Overall. That's higher than about half of the actual (if all defunct) comics on my profile. And my lowest is Adventure Sister (overall 10,000th or something) which is one of the more recent one with more pages than some others.

Abby Sanders is #90 in Comic Strip #416 Overall and I am newly udpating it, once a week.
But,
The RDT is #46 in Comic Strip #261 Overall and hasn't seen a new page since 2007, which was just an archive dump anyway since the comic ended in like 2004. So… why is this comic twice as popular? >:[ (I am sorry it is taking up valuable ranking space, seriously IDK)
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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OnlyFoolsAndVikings at 10:15PM, April 5, 2011
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I didn't really pay attention to the Rankings at first when I started, because I was something like…. 400th overall or something I don't even remember. But recently I've start of kinda focussing on it, in particular its sudden spike. At the moment its hovering around #7 in Comic strips (WHICH IS AWESOME) and #23 overall, (WHICH IS ALSO AWESOME). But yeah, its cool, though, I'd like to know how the ranking is calculated, is it views based, favourites based, what?

So yeah, its important to me because I have a crumbling sense of self worth and self esteem…
of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.
EXCUSE ME WHILE I STROKE MY MOUSTACHE IN A SUGGESTIVE MANNER!
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skoolmunkee at 11:40PM, April 5, 2011
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Ranking is pretty much entirely based on unique visitors. Being featured does generally get you a spike since lots of people come and view at least the current page. But they way to keep that rank is to get lots of people coming back, frequently. (So, either frequent updates and a moderate fanbase, or a huge fanbase but infrequent updates.)
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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Julien Brightside at 5:18AM, April 6, 2011
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Well, it is nice to know that someone is reading your comics. Still, a comment does more for me than a hundred views.
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OnlyFoolsAndVikings at 1:40AM, April 7, 2011
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Still, a comment does more for me than a hundred views.

Hear hear! *Raises imaginary beer glass* I completely agree!
of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.
EXCUSE ME WHILE I STROKE MY MOUSTACHE IN A SUGGESTIVE MANNER!
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CornTown at 7:37PM, April 7, 2011
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I know I feel happy when my rank goes up. I'm a pretty petty person.
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Dark Pascual at 8:05AM, April 8, 2011
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Yes, yes they do.

Is not like my current rank is all that matters to me, but it gives me a nice ego boost when I see Shaman Quest climbing the ranking.

I love the fact that people is enjoying something that I'm doing and the ranks are a way to check that.
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Evil_Hare at 7:27PM, April 24, 2011
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I used to care a lot, and at times have been in the top 4-500 or so, but my comic never got very popular here, rarely more than 50 hits/day. It's enough for me that some people here like it. On WeVolt, I'm usually in the top 10 without even updating much… just different crowds, I guess… then, on my own site, I'm now up to about 5.6k hits/day…

With Jake at least, it's been mostly screwing around and having fun with it, but my future projects will probably be much more audience-oriented, so who knows, it might be the next PVP ;)


So I guess I do care, but I don't let it make or break what I'm doing :)
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RainbowAurora at 2:59AM, April 26, 2011
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Yes, because my doujinshi just started and it's an indicator that it's getting some attention. I think ranks are a fun advantage that this site has over SmackJeeves. I don't think I'll ever get in the top… 10 is too optimistic… 100 though. Not with a weird, psuedo-Dragon Balldoujinshi at my skill level.
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RainbowAurora at 3:01AM, April 26, 2011
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CornTown
I know I feel happy when my rank goes up. I'm a pretty petty person.

Maybe you ARE petty, but also honest.
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mastergloyd at 12:15PM, April 27, 2011
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I cared a lot about ranks and views when I first joined, but then I had to step away from my webcomics for a few years for lots of personal reasons… one of which taught me not to use the mindset of “the more views and fans you have, the better your comic is.” In fact, I was starting to publish comics just so people would view/comment on them, which was changing and kind of ruining what the comic was about. Plus, the quality deteriorated because I was more focused on posting frequently instead of taking my time to publish good comics.

Now, with my new comic, Biker Rage & The Ska Kid (PLUG! lol), it's more about doing a comic that I want to do the way I want to do it. What makes your comic great is what those that read it think, not what they think compared to how many people don't read it or know about it. I had a pretty good group of supporters on my old comics, and now, I realize that I should've just been happy with what I had.

But still, it does feel good when you get a boost. Just don't let it affect your self-esteem. You're the artist, which means you should do things the way you want to and not worry about your rank. If you have people following it, then great! If not, don't worry, you're just not as mainstream as the top whatever comics. But, if you've got loyal readers, regardless of how many, who cares! Just make comics because making comics makes you happy, not the feedback, and I guarentee you, the rest will follow in time. :)
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bravo1102 at 4:56AM, May 10, 2011
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Never forget there is a huge pile of awful crap ahead of you in the ranks. Unless you're in the top ten or something.
And never, ever seek an explanation for it. There isn't one because the likes and dislikes of a reading audience are not easily explained.
People like crap and just because they do doesn't mean they'll ever like your crap.

In fact for certain of us in this world it's guaranteed they won't like our crap.

lol!
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darth_paul at 9:24AM, May 16, 2011
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- Unlimited Evil is currently #635 in Comic Book/Story & #838 overall with an average of 110 page views per day.

- Coolstar Comics Master Files is #1,788 in Comic Book/Story & #2,623 overall with an average of 19 page views per day.

The CCMF “comic” is just character profiles and various bits of info about my comics' universe so it's not really a comic and I don't promote it like I do U.E. which is my actual main storyline comic right now. I'm happy with it being where it is, but of course I would love for it to be higher, who wouldn't? I am curious to see how my rankings change with the impending change over to the new site.

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CornTown at 3:24PM, May 19, 2011
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My comic was just ranked #666. Not a good sign that I'm going to heaven.
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Doodstormer at 10:35PM, May 19, 2011
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Apparently I'm higher ranked than I thought. I'm at #231 at last glimpse, and I'm seeing a lot of you guys saying you're in the 5-700s, which I guess is the average?

Maybe I just don't understand what factors influence the ratings. If it's the ratings from the comments then I guess it would make sense.
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Red Slayer at 12:56AM, May 20, 2011
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Ranks matter if you are building an army…
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skoolmunkee at 12:23PM, May 20, 2011
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Doodstormer
Maybe I just don't understand what factors influence the ratings. If it's the ratings from the comments then I guess it would make sense.

AFAIK rankings are based on unique visitors averaged over a number of days.
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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darth_paul at 9:00AM, May 21, 2011
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My comic was just ranked #666. Not a good sign that I'm going to heaven.

“Unlimited Evil” was ranked #666 once, but it was on the webcomicslist.com not here. Either way that's really scary that I had that happen. O_O Guess, that's what I get for naming my comic that. LOL!
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dustowl at 11:55PM, May 31, 2011
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It's always nice to know that somebody actually reads my stupid gags.
Read the Standard now. Perhaps the second best gender parody on the Internet.
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