The new site has been running quite smoothly since the launch back in October! I'm seriously relieved to see it doing so well. Developing the new CMS basically meant sacrificing 2016 from my life, but from what I gather I didn't miss much. All of that work has been worth it though, and that is reflected in how much more you guys are coming to the site! Monthly views have tripled since launch!
We were at a constant 200,000, but that soared to 600,000 in March. Here are the raw numbers:
Who Sponsors the Sponsors
With views this high I'm able to offer advertising at an extremely low rate that I hope will be attractive to sponsors. I've taken all of the old prices and cut them in half! Previously each slot had 50,000 guaranteed views, but now they each get 100,000 minimum. That's twice the views for half the price!
AdBlock does not block my in-house ads, but it does block all AdSense ads. I get it. Many of those AdSense ads suck. But this site is supported by advertising revenue. This is my job. So I've added some nags for people that are running AdBlocker. For those of you who aren't running an AdBlocker, or have whitelisted discchord,
For those of you that absolutely do not want to see any ads, become a Patron! Patreon patrons get a completely ad free experience; including in-house ads.
This is true for both site Patrons and Let's Play Patrons.
What's new in discchord v3.1:
Since the launch in October I've been working on minor tweaks and bug fixes, as well as performance boosts. Once I had all of that taken care of I started setting my sights on the next big thing. Discchord v3.1!
Here are some of the key features coming in discchord v3.1:
- Preset Sharing (ETA August) - This has been a frequent request. I like the idea of sharing app presets here so we're doing it! I've been thinking a lot on how to implement it, and think I should be able to pull it off. I want to get this done in time for the site's 6th Anniversary.
- Tweaks to App Voting (ETA June-July) - I want to streamline the process of voting Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down on the Music App DB. The "Discchord Reader Rating" is only useful if lots of people are voting for apps, so I want to make that process as easy as possible.
- Contest Mode (ETA Today!) - Doing giveaways on Twitter and Facebook limit those giveaways to just people using those services. Instead I want to offer giveaways to people who use discchord!
Comment for a chance to Win Audulus for iOS!
In fact, this post is a contest! Everyone who comments on this post has a chance to win a copy of Audulus!
To make that work, and to make sure people aren't just commenting over and over again to increase their chances, I've had to limit contests to registered users. I'm sorry to all the anonymous posters here, I really do try hard to include you, but pulling this off requires registration.
You can comment here with whatever you'd like, but I'd be especially interested in hearing any suggestions you have for 3.2... or how to get you guys to use the forums you bugged me to make for years.
I have 5 copies of Audulus to give away, and will close the contest Monday morning. The site will then automatically email out the codes to all of the winners!