2012 Year in Review: What panels did people click?
It's hard to believe I've managed to run this site for more than a year, missing only a couple days without an update. I want to give a huge thanks to all of the artists and comic fans and hope that I've offered something of value as a very basic middleman to daily comic relief.
So what got clicked?
With an entire year's worth of clicked panels to look back on, I thought it would be interesting to do some analysis to see what type of panels attracted the most clicks. I've actually never done any type of analytics work and rarely dive beyond the first page of Google Analytics. But I did some basic normalizing of the data by calculating the percentage a panel got clicked by total visits of that day, so a panel that happened to be on a day of a traffic spike didn't get any particular advantage. So a panel that got clicked 10 times on a day with 100 visits would be equally ranked to one that got 100 clicks on 1,000 visits.
The top 1,000 panels
I'm not quite sure I was expecting to find something totally surprising. I had already gotten the sense over the year that panels with sexy girls got clicked a lot, and well, just take a quick scan below. But beyond that, I had no clues or assumptions. Stick figures (I'm not even sure what to call this style or genre) seemed to be the second-most common theme. And then I had a hard time picking out anything else that jumped out. I added a couple small themes, one being cameos of fictional or real characters/people and the other being words/diagrams. And Batman popped up quite a bit.
Click on the filters below to pare down the display. If you see another theme not included, I'd love to add it in. Just send me any suggestions.
The most clicked comic series
This is a very basic list of which comic series overall got the most clicks. The list is derived from the top 1,000 comics above, so the number represents how many panels appear in this top 1,000 for that comic series. So Cyanide & Happiness, for example, has 88 total panels in the top 1,000 clicked panels, making it the most clicked series overall.
I think less can be extrapolated from this data since comics have different release cycles and some have been on my site longer, but this paints a much different picture from above because it somewhat removes the "sex" factor and gets a little more to the heart of what style of art seems to be most attractive, though I think it's natural that there is some bias towards well-known comics.
So in conclusion, I guess there's no real conclusion. I have a better idea on what people like to click on and that's pretty cool, and I'm happy to share all of this with everyone. And if you've read this far, then thanks!!!