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I hope this gives an idea of the popularity of a typical popular comic site. There are certainly more popular out there, but this is the #1 on KeenSpace. Of particular interest is that between March and April Visits went up, but everything else went *down*. There's an interesting story why.
In late March, I discovered a major drain on bandwidth -- some guy decided to hotlink 10 strips in a thread of a very popular incest forum. Hotlinking in this case means that they directly linked the comic image itself and placed it on the page. Whenever somone opened up that thread, well over a MEG worth of images were downloaded from sexylosers.com. On a popular forum, that added up quickly. Looking at the logs, I get the feeling it was responsible for about 30-50GIGs worth of drain. I noticed that site because it made it into the top 10 referrers, above Yahoo, and Google.
I did read that thread, and the guy at the end of posting the 10 strips, promised more. I E-mailed the admin and asked him/her to remove the thread, and they did.
WHen I talk to other 'space artists, they don't really seem to have this problem. A look through my logs show that my images get put right into quite a number of threads on BBSes, and are often put into people's blogs. I can't tell for sure, but hotlinking probably accounts for 20% of the bandwidth. That means 20% of the comics read have no advertising to balance out the cost of the bandwidth.
This is serious. When I was on Stileproject, I had the ability to protect the images. On KeenSpace, I do not -- I don't have access to CGI or PHP or anything that would allow me to stop people. I tried splitting up the images, but beyond that meaning more work for me, people got around that by just copying the HTML that reassembled the image.
Anyways, if you own a blog and hotlink an image, I am asking to please stop this practice. If you want to link to a strip, please link to the HTML page it is found.
(I have contacted various people on KeenSpace about this problem, but so far, no response. I am not sure why -- one would think they'd be interested in keeping their bandwidth managable).