Happy New Year everybody!
Thanks for a wonderful 2017. I want to send special thank you’s to Agent Poyo for his Poyo’s Specs and Drecks, Mel V. for his Mel’s Variant Picks, Blind Adam for his Hidden Gems, Shawn B. for his One Year Later posts, Drunk Wooky for his Star Wars Reports, Alana for her Weekend Spec posts, Louie M. and Cruzzer for their con coverage, and everyone else who contributes, sends tips, reads, comments, and otherwise visits the site. Also big thank you’s to everyone who contributed books for our free comic Wednesdays. We did a ton of great giveaways in 2017 and look forward to doing more in 2018.
We have been doing a summary of the year at the beginning of the new year. There is a lot to get into. We have already done our Spec of the Year selection and our Variant of the Year selection. Now it is time to talk about the year in general. Here is what our year looked like:
It was an incredible year of growth for CHU. We were up nearly 25% year over year for site views. The site was viewed 2,449,072 times from 345,249 different readers from 175 different countries. That is an average of 6,710 views a day (or just under 5 views per minute averaged for the entire year.)
The 10 most popular stories for the year were all spoilers, here is the top 10 stories of the year:
1. Spoilers and Review: Dark Night Metal #1 ROCKS!
2. Spoilers: Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1
3. Spoilers: The Walking Dead #165 Big Cliffhanger
4. Spoilers: Batman The Red Death
5. Spoilers: Dark Days The Casting #1
6. Spoilers: Dark Night Metal #2 – Something for everyone
7. Doomsday Clock #1 Review and Spoilers
8. Spoilers: Dark Nights The Batman Who Laughs Gives Secret Origin on Joker/Batman Mashup
9. Walking Dead #167 Spoilers
10. Spoilers: Spider Gwen #24, You Will Want To See This
The most interesting story of the year, for me, was the Doomsday Clock #1 Spoilers. Not only did it bring in a lot of traffic, but it was such big deal that Bleeding Cool wrote a story about us posting it. And they went as far as throwing us under the bus for posting it and saying we released the DC Promo book which was under an embargo, (we didn’t get a copy so they were wrong about that), and also proceeded to use our images on their site, while excoriating us for posting the images, they also went as far as releasing a Youtube video using our images…
They copied the images directly from the site and posted it on their Youtube Channel. You can see that video here.
The most popular non-spoiler stories:
Mel’s guide to selling Funko Pops
What Happens When CGC Misgrades a book?
Lee JeeHyung accuses Francesco Mattina of copying his work
Heavily Censored Image of Savage Dragon #225 XXX
Maniac Makes the Cover on 1:25 Stegman Variant of Amazing Spiderman #792
Attack of the Killer B’s, Marvel Edition: Gabriele Dell’Otto Cover Price Variant for Secret Empire #10
The most popular country for visitors for the site was:
United States 1,915,613
United Kingdom 124,450
Here is a break down of where our traffic is referred from:
Search Engines 285,493
We had a total of 23,728 comments this year, with the top commenters being as follows:
So, 2017 was a huge year for us. I cannot thank you all enough for supporting the site. It is an awesome experience running this little site and seeing how much it has grown. We will be switching hosts for the site this year and making a lot of tweaks, so stay tuned for that. Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018!