2010 has ended… Random facts

No update today, but instead I figured I’ll tell you a bit about the OCTGN website, its visitors and a few random topics…  If you read this blog only for the new features you can skip this entry!

Spammers

First of all, I’d like to point out that spammers have been incredibly active during the Christmas period. At times there was 30 registrations a day on the OCTGN website. Thankfully everything seems to be more quiet now… If you recently registered and haven’t been approved by now you probably were trashed along the spammers. In that case please try to register again (and leave me a message).

Donations

Roughly one year after someone asked me for the first time if there was a way to make donations, I put up a donation page, here: http://octgn.net/donate.php.
At first I was surprised by the request (isn’t everyone happy to enjoy free stuff?) but then considering the encouraging comments and messages I sometimes get I figured it may be natural for people who really enjoy their games with OCTGN to be able to give back to its author.

(Random unrelated comment: if you’re into games, the independent scene has some cheap real gems such as Braid, World of Goo, or Shatter.)

Ads

Speaking about money you certainly remember that 6 months ago I added small Google ads on the OCTGN website. So for those wondering what ads may be worth, here’s my experience.
Clicks on ads have a highly variable money value. Between 0.05 and 1.5 USD. Google doesn’t give details about how revenues are computed, but my guess is that it depends on how the ad was chosen to be on the site (targeted ads may be more expensive?) and probably whether the visitor bought something or not. $1.5 is pretty expensive for a click, and I would bet that those people made a purchase… On average a click on OCTGN ads is worth $0.40.
As you may expect given that OCTGN is a (small) community website and that the ads are unobtrusive, the click rate is quite low. On average 5 clicks per month.
You can do your math, after 6 months ads on OCTGN are worth $13.55. (You can’t get your payment before they are worth $100, which would be in more than 2 years at this rate.)
My conclusion is that it’s not really worth it, at least not on this kind of website, or maybe not without trying to push ads harder (which I don’t want to do). Sure it would pay the DNS registration, but heck waiting 3 years to get $100 is more trouble than it’s worth.
Since it’s more effort to remove them than to let them in place, they’re staying here at the moment… not sure for how long.

Stats

This post is already longer than I expected, so I’m going to stop here. Just a few numbers for the curious:

Each week, approx. 4000 unique visitors see 9000 pages on octgn.net. Half the page views are on the website from a search engine and just bounce, the other half of page views is the community using the forums.

This blog gets around 500 views per week, sometimes more depending on the posts.

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7 Comments on “2010 has ended… Random facts”

  1. brine Says:

    back when I had the links on the google site, I was considering setting up the google ads and directing it to your donation account. However I wasn’t sure if the site violated their copyright rules so I didn’t do it.

  2. brine Says:

    I’ve got a few stats too for you… the new octgnsets forum keeps track of the view counts… since creating it on Jan 3, there have been over 3800 views on the page with the MTG set files, and 2000 views for the MTG game definition.

    Also, we started hosting the set files on Dropbox a while back (mid-october? can’t remember). I was not aware that dropbox had a 10GB/day bandwidth limit until earlier this week, when it went over for the first time. It went over again yesterday.

    So it seems that there are a LOT of new OCTGN users lately. Your program is getting popular!

  3. jods Says:

    That amounts to 500 views per week on the game definition… It’s starting to get impressive, indeed!

    10Gb/day is a big stat as well! If you consider that a very motivated player could try to snatch all sets (what’s that? around 1Gb?) it makes it a *littl* bit less amazing.

    • brine Says:

      here’s another stat, we released the complete version of the latest set, mirrodin besieged, last wednesday and it already has 400 downloads!

  4. Joris Says:

    Nice to see that there is an option to donate directly now. I enjoyed the program a lot, though I haven’t used it for a while now (was busy with school, just graduated and got me a (temporary) job).
    Gonna read your other posts now, see brines vid on youtube and check out your donation site.

    Greetings!

  5. Joris Says:

    Well, donation went well. Buy yourself something nice from my $10,- 😉
    Hopefully other people will donate as well.
    Greetings!


  6. thanks for your new imformation. that’s intereting, and i will try it.
    greetings


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