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This is what happens when you're on the frontpage Answered

Here are graphs of the stats of two of my instructables. They clearly shows that being on the frontpage or featured in the weekly newsletter really gives you a boost.

The Marble Clock (the graph with 0-5000 as the scale for pageviews) got in the frontpage as Popular in the afternoon the 14'th, you can clearly see the rate increase of pageviews.

The Spooky Led Lamp (the graph with 0-10000 as the scale for pagevews) made it to the Weekly Newsletter sent to the subscribers in the eventing the 14'th. As can be seen on the graph the numbers of pageviews increased really fast at the next few hours then went back to the normal pace again. In contrast to what happened with the Marble Clock this instructable also got a real boost in the ratings due to the newsletter.

Here's a link to the Instrugraph Instructable.

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Kiteman

10 years ago

There seems to be a bug - I just checked my Hearts, and it says the rating is over 1000.

(If only)

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matsengKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Total Views: 553 Today Views: 244 Comments: 10 Rating: 10 Does your graph look like this? The scale (currently 0-1000) on the left site is the PageViews and the right hand scale (currently 0-10) is the Rating. So I think is correct. It seems like the plot of the Rating-line is one pixel too high since it goes on pixel above the 10-line.

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Kitemanmatseng

Reply 10 years ago

> doh <

The scale changed between views - the Rating axis went to a higher number earlier.

Really!

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matsengKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

It sounds really strange and improbable. But having written code for 30 years I know that writing bugfree code is next to impossible so it might be some one-off condition that triggers this behavior. I'll check the boundary cases in the logic of the code and see if I can find anything awry.

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Brennn10

10 years ago

Matseng, your site is great. It is is really accurate, and gives a good idea of the progress an Instructable is making. Nice work.

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matsengBrennn10

Reply 10 years ago

Thank you. I'm thinking about if it's feasible to get data for all new instructables automatically, but getting thousands of statistics from Instructables every 15 minutes without having a real API to get the data from might be a bit overwhelming for the parties involved. So for the time being I leave the adding-part to the authors.

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Kiteman

10 years ago

Wow. Is your site open to new members? .... OK, I'm registered...

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KitemanKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, sweet - I added my Entwined Hearts to the list just as they got Featured (that reminds me - thanks, Eric!).

The graph is sky-rocketing (as long as you ignore the fact that the scale is automatic to fill the screen... )

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randofo

10 years ago

I didn't go to your site yet, but is that based on the Google Charts API?

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matsengrandofo

Reply 10 years ago

Now I feel like I've been living under a rock for a year or so since I've apparently completely missed the Google Charts API. I'll have a look at it ASAP. Thanks.

No, my site is simply using PHP and a couple of GD-functions to plot the graphs. I have a template with the grid and ticks and then I fill in the digits and two lines.

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randofomatseng

Reply 10 years ago

I have a friend who swears that making animated gifs using php is the future... personally PHP makes my head want to explode... so I must say nice job.

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matseng

10 years ago

You originally asked: "how do you put your project on the front?" and I assumed that you meant the first page you get to when going to www.instrugraph.com. Ah! Now I see. You mean the frontpage on Instructables? Then it's a bit more complicated. First create a instructable that the moderators like, they will then "Feature" it and it will be on the first page to the left. When your instructable eventuelly has got enough page views during a sufficiently short period of time it will be promoted to "Popular" and appear on the front page to the right.

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matseng

10 years ago

1) Register on instrugraph 2) Login using the password you get in the mail, mark the Remember-box so you'll get automatically logged in on future visits 3) Add the instructable you want to graph. The graph for the instructable will be shown in the first page there as long as you are logged in. If you add several instrucatbles you'll get a list where you can select which one to see. But is is always the last that you added that will come up automatically.

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Brennn10

10 years ago

I registered on Instrugraph. Nice work on the site!

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matsengBrennn10

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks. I've got some work to do on it. Currently it can only show the last 7 days on the x-axis. I need to fix so it can show a graph over longer periods like two weeks, one month and maybe 6 months so long time trends can be seen.