Half a million people visited my website in a week: by the numbers
On Saturday morning I choked on my breakfast when an email from my web host appeared titled ‘Projected Overage Charges’.
The previous Monday I’d tweeted a newly completed side-project called comicneue.com. I’d spent almost three years hacking at it, and once I’d tweeted it I felt an enormous sense of relief that I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore.
24 hours later ‘Comic Neue’ was in the top ten worldwide trends on Twitter, appeared in major news publications around the world, and Jefferson Graham from USAToday was on the other side of the planet in Venice Beach, California asking random people on the street whether they preferred the old or new version.
In the seven days since Monday April 7 the site was visited 497,892 times (466,693 uniques). The font pack was downloaded just under 50,000 times.
The site didn’t skip a beat, full credit to mediatemple.net. The email I received from them on Saturday morning told me that 1.5 terabytes of data had been transferred, about 1.5 terabytes more than usual. The overage charge was for a mere $80 and my breakfast stayed where it belonged.
The device split has been very consistent. Generally 75% desktop with 25% mobile, and the occasional appearance of tablets popping up in the 5 to 10% range.
Chrome was by far the most used browser, making up 53% of all visits, followed by Safari at 25% and Firefox at 14%. Android and IE made up just 2.8% and 2.6% respectively.
Windows was the predominant operating system with 38% of the visits, however Mac wasn’t far behind with 30%. iOS followed in third place with 18%, Android 9%, Linux 3%.
Just 1832 people visited on a Windows Phone. 452 people used a Blackberry. 32 visited the site on a Nintendo Wii. Interestingly the Wii users spent a full 1 minute longer than anyone else on average. If you’ve ever tried entering a url with a Wiimote though this probably makes perfect sense.
I missed tracking the first 24 hours of downloads, which is how long it took me to realise that Analytics requires tracking of links to be explicitly set. Total downloads for the week could have been 50,000 to 80,000 depending on how conservative you wanted to be. Either way of the 6 days recorded, 10% of visitors to the site downloaded the font.
I’m currently weighing up where to go from here. I have a type designer cleaning up the font and adding European language support and that should be done early May. Once done I’ll submit it to Google Fonts. Initially I got a promising response from Typekit but they’ve been quiet. I may or may not follow that up. Maybe I don’t need them.
What do you want to see happen with Comic Neue? After all, it is yours.