Yesterday I was doing a little analysis of the statistics behind dPS as I did a little planning for the coming months on the site and as I looked at them I realised that some of what I was seeing would probably be interesting for you our readership.
I’ll share a few of the stats below – but I thought that of particular interest to newer readers of dPS would be our a list of our most read tutorials and tips. Here are the Top 13
- Wedding Photography – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers
- How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent
- 4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures POP!
- 21 Great Reader Shots [And How They Were Taken]
- The Rule of Thirds
- How to Photograph Fireworks
- How to Choose a DSLR Camera
- Should You Buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?
- Introduction to Shutter Speed
- 11 Landscape Photography Tips
- Portrait Photography Tips
- 5 Black and White Photography Tips
- An Introduction to Food Photography
A few other stats that readers might be interested in:
dPS was founded in April 2006. We started tracking visitors using our current stats package in January 2007. Since that time:
- 37,973,318 people have visited our site
- those readers have viewed 123,543,058 pages of content
- in the last week we signed up our 400,000th subscriber (this is a combined total of email and RSS subscribers – it goes up and down a little from day to day) – If you’re not yet subscribed you can do so here.
- our forum now has 87,837 members, 98,196 threads of conversation and 886,588 posts on it.
- our facebook page has 9,207 fans
- our twitter account is followed by 22,857 people
- on Flickr we have a dPS group with 10,269 members (they’ve shared 76,724 photos)
- our biggest source of traffic has been Google (33%), followed by our friends at the bookmarking sites StumbleUpon and Digg (thanks to everyone who bookmarks our site) and one of our favourite blogs – Lifehacker.
- we have published 1569 tips and tutorials on the main blog section of dPS.
While it feels like we’ve been around for a long time we’re a relatively new site in the photography niche. We’re by no means the biggest around but it’s exciting to be a part of something that has experienced real growth and that seems to be helping people.
How You Can Help dPS Grow
The main reason that dPS has grown to the point that it has is that over the last 4 years our community has been incredibly active in contributing to and promoting our site. We’ve seen this in a number of ways including groups of people who have:
- Volunteered the write tutorials
- Volunteered to moderate our forums
- Linked to dPS from their own sites, blogs, photoblogs, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook Accounts
- Forwarded our newsletters onto friends
- Left helpful and encouraging comments on our tutorials or in our forums
- Bought one of our Photography E-Books
We greatly appreciate your help in these (and other) ways. Big or small – your contributions are (and will continue to be) valued.