1 Million Readers Can't Be Wrong

1 Million Readers Can’t Be Wrong

1000000You’re one in a million!

Just over two years ago (back in April of 2006) I started a blog here at Digital Photography School with the hope of connecting with others with a passion for digital photography. I knew there were others out there who like me wanted to learn to use their cameras to their fullest potential and get out of Auto Mode and suspected that a blog was the best way to connect with them.

It turns out that my suspicion was right as hundreds of thousands of readers each month have come together here on the blog to learn about how to be better photographers.

Today I’m excited to announce that last month we’ve reached a new milestone – 1 million unique visitors to this blog in a single month.

We’ve been closing on the magical 1 million reader mark on the whole site (blog and forum) for a while now but July saw us not only reach it for the combined two areas of the site but also just for the blog itself. Over both areas it was actually just under 1.5 million unique readers! Together you all viewed over 3.4 million pages of digital photography content at DPS in July.

Top 10 Posts from Digital Photography School in July

So what did the readers come to DPS to read over the last month? Here’s the top 10 most popular posts accessed by readers in July:

  1. 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits
  2. How to Photograph Fireworks (it was 4th of July after all)
  3. How to Photograph Portraits – 19 Tutorials
  4. How to Avoid Camera Shake
  5. 25 Great Photo Tutorials from around the Web
  6. 12 Super Silhouette Shots
  7. How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photos
  8. What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You about Taking Portraits
  9. Wedding Photography Tips – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers
  10. How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent

Thanks to everyone for being a part of Digital Photography School – I look forward to continued community with you in the coming months!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • daniel September 5, 2008 11:41 am

    YOu are amazing and provide a really useful service. Keep up the good work.

  • w.smith August 11, 2008 01:43 pm

    this is the best i have found on the internet,GREAT learning what a photo chlanger,one of these days i can get in the time fram,great fun thank you every onr and dps thanks walt.sorry cant spell

  • tracey August 8, 2008 11:58 pm

    Holy smokes! That's awesome!! You should be beyond proud!

  • Sime August 6, 2008 04:23 pm

    Hey Raymond, the links seem to be working OK, you might want to clear your internet cache (google it for your particular computer / browser) and try again..


  • Raymond August 6, 2008 12:05 pm

    Hi I have noticed lately that I can't open all the files posted daily. Example out of the Top 10 Post listed above, I can only open #2, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

    I don't know if there's something wrong with my computer or the way your files are saved.

    Thank in adevance you for you feedback. I missed some of your great topics. Keep the site going and more power.

  • sime August 6, 2008 04:58 am

    I hope you're a member?.. You seem like a smart person...


  • Steven Erat August 6, 2008 04:54 am

    Congratulations on building a massive readership!

    Now with that out of the way, I don't want to burst your bubble, but you may not realize that reports from traffic analyzers showing 1,000,000 unique visitors very likely doesn't equate to 1,000,000 unique people.

    If I browse DPS from Firefox, then browse it from Safari, the traffic analyzers will show 2 visitors not 1. If I browse DPS at home, then browse it again with my iPhone on the way to work, traffic analyzers will show 2 visitors, not 1.

    If I disable cookies on my browser, popular traffic analyzers will show a unique visitor for every page view I make.

    Conversely, there are some proxies that provide access to "the rest of the world" for countries that censor internet availability. Its possible to have thousands of people from censored areas have their traffic routed through such a proxy, and hits on DPS might show that 1 unique visitor made 200,000 page views.

    But, I'm sure you do have a broad readership, but be wary of how you interpret the results.

  • mko August 5, 2008 09:46 pm

    Congratulations !
    always some great tips !

  • Azeem Qais August 5, 2008 08:39 pm

    Congratulations Darren, I become a real fan of you more than any Hollywood star and I wish to meet you in personal at least once in my lifetime. Every morning when I open my email inbox the first email I read is your daily letter about such great techniques. I learned a lot from your site and feel proud when people say I take good pictures. Entire credit goes to you..

  • Natalie Norton August 5, 2008 06:28 pm

    Congrats D! So very well deserved!!

  • Christiana Childers August 5, 2008 04:55 pm

    Yeah! Congratulations! You deserve it! DPS is a great resourse and learning place for me.

  • Bastaman August 5, 2008 02:02 pm

    Dear All

    I am also one of the lucky person.

    Keep in touch.

  • Cinnamon August 5, 2008 01:10 pm

    Congrats DPS....so blessed to be a part of it all! Cant' wait for more lessons! Thanks so much!!

  • Deb August 5, 2008 11:16 am

    Congratulations! Great site!

  • Carley August 5, 2008 10:21 am

    Congratulations. Best thing i ever did was find and join this website :) Thanks heaps.

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  • gayle August 5, 2008 05:56 am

    WOW!! & congratulations Darren. I love being a part of it.
    Gayle :)

  • Jesse August 5, 2008 05:43 am

    That is an amazing accomplishment! Wow. I only recently discovered your site and think it is an amazing resource for photographers everywhere. I will be blogging about your site shortly.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Mick August 5, 2008 01:29 am

    If you would have asked for a £1 donation towards your efforts, a small price to pay for the valuable information provided by DPS, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN A MILLIONAIRE!
    That was a missed chance, ah well, back to the lottery.

    On a serious note, I have learned plenty from DPS and you have inspired me to venture deeper into the world of photography than just pressing the shutter release...thank you for everything, keep up the excellent work.


  • Peter Carey August 5, 2008 12:23 am

    Congratulations! I've used the light tent post after googling it and it works great!

  • majed August 5, 2008 12:21 am

    woow great news keep it up

  • Sime August 4, 2008 11:59 pm

    Mods - I salute you. Darren, VERY well done.


  • Lisa, Beyond Megapixels August 4, 2008 11:27 pm

    Congratulations, Darren! Well-deserved!

  • Sarvesh August 4, 2008 11:25 pm

    I am a newcomer to Digital Photography. Very recently i bought a Sony Alpha 200k with 18-70mm lenses. I have subscribed to the news letters and i have learned so much from the articles posted on DPS.

    Reading DPS blog is the best way to learn even for newcomers.

    The main reason being the articles are so written in layman's language that even people who are not from this field for a long time can understand it very well.

    Congratulations on completing 2 yrs!!!

  • Sandy B August 4, 2008 11:24 pm

    Congratulations on your 1MM readers. I soak up each and every photo from your assignments and am constantly awed by the creativity displayed. It is a real treat to see photos from different and exotic sites. The last assignment, 10 Minutes from Home, surprised me with the number of P&S shots. It gives me real incentive to get out there and use my little camera to its fullest capacity. P.S., I give my 13 year old niece the same challenge for her camera, too.

    Thanks for the great site!

  • Chandamama August 4, 2008 03:01 pm

    Congratulations. I hop over here for very informative articles. Keep rocking.

  • Cricce August 4, 2008 02:24 pm

    Wow! Congratz! This is such a great blog, keep up the great work!

  • neo August 4, 2008 02:11 pm

    Darren, I'm a neophyte photographer, and I have found your site to be relevant, refreshing and a great resource! Here's some words that I think represent some of your phenomenal success...
    "The heights by great men reached and kept,
    were not attained by sudden flight,
    but they, while others soundly slept,
    were toiling upwards, in the night'


  • PpChKn August 4, 2008 11:31 am

    Great! Love to be part of this! DPS! Rock on!

  • sandra August 4, 2008 10:06 am

    I always enjoy all the posts
    thanks for all you efforts.

  • Lilia August 4, 2008 08:32 am

    congratulations, it means you're doing many things right ! :)

  • Sharon August 4, 2008 07:49 am

    Congratulations!! Well deserved :)

  • Rosh August 4, 2008 07:18 am

    congratulations, that is extremely impressive! and well deserved.


  • Lyndon August 4, 2008 04:27 am

    I just recently discovered your site and I'm still going through all the amazing info you post.

    Congrats on your success!!

  • Bev August 4, 2008 03:45 am

    Happy to be one of those million statistics. Job well Done! Bev

  • andy stenz August 4, 2008 03:44 am

    Congrats! DPS is a great resource!

  • approximate August 4, 2008 01:32 am

    Congratulations on your success! It's well-deserved.

    This place is a one-of-a-kind resource for digital photographers and its contents have benefited me greatly.

    Long live DPS!

  • Neil Creek August 4, 2008 01:21 am

    Congratulations Darren. DPS is a fantastic resource, and is much loved and valued by many many people. Just think, with 1 million uniqie visitors in one month, how many photos have been improved with the techniques and lessons learned here. And think how many precious memories that will be treasured for a lifetime! Through your efforts and those of your authors and community, you've really helped to bring happiness to so many.

    And isn't that something that makes life worth living?

    Congratulations and all the best for the future!

  • Dominique August 4, 2008 12:53 am

    Congrads.. whao that's excellent Stats!!!

  • MonsieurB August 4, 2008 12:48 am

    Congrats!!! I'm one of those who joined DPS only a few months ago... and now DPS is my favorite blog.
    Long live DPS!

  • Debbie August 4, 2008 12:29 am

    DPS, you ROCK!

  • Todd August 4, 2008 12:25 am

    Congratulations! You're sites are great and you really create amazing content!

  • Eric August 4, 2008 12:18 am