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How We Get 451,890 Pageviews Per Month

This post is losely modelled after the HOTH's post: https://www.thehoth.com/blog/pageviews/

Since we're not a blog like the HOTH or provide sales service like the HOTH we thought we also should share how we get similar numbers of traffic.

In reality, we actually get more traffic towards the end of a period of 32 months because the first 12 months didn't get much traffic and our number is based on a 32-month average.

We just started a forum that we know we could create/add content for such as GIMP plug-ins/scripts.

We knew our members would actively try to answer questions related to GIMP since they're all GIMP users and combined they had years and years of experience.

We also opened up a "Script Request" forum for anyone to request scripts/plug-ins to be written to automate a commonly used process.  Some users only show up once or twice to request something to be done then disappear forever but we don't mind because that content is still there and available for future users.

Alone, we could never come up with such variety of content, but with members contributing such as asking questions (GIMP-related) and sharing their knowledge, our content grew steadily over time.

We would create new scripts/plug-ins and share them at an already popular site (gimpchat.com) to get some initial traffic of their existing members and guest visitors.

Now, we have some members and some are very active which is great.

Once the active members are on our forum, the content keeps going steadily as their content attract new members and the activities are non-stop.

By initially investing some time in creating some useful scripts/plug-ins, free for members to use, we have provided some starting value.  And as members join, they add more value to the forum and that's how the value of our forum keeps increasing over time and that is the story of how we get nearly half a million page views per month.

I hope you enjoyed the above read.

Some reviews of gimplearn forum

This is a gimplearn promotion post.
Here are some reviews that members and guests had to say:

Distressed Rubber Stamp Plug-in

A member was asking how to create distressed rubber stamp look.

So I thought it would be fun to create a plug-in to quickly generate stamp.

You can get the plug-in here -> Distressed Rubber Stamp Plug-in

Here's a sample of the result being used as a brush:

Perspective Border Plug-in

This plug-in was created and came to me when I was pondering what other ways I can make border after creating Sample Color Border plug-in.

This plug-in simply uses your image mirror or not and perspective transform the image to fit as each border (top/bottom/right/left).

You can get the plug-in here --> Perspective Border Plug-in.

Here's a sample result:

Sample Border Color Plug-in

I just created a plug-in that'll sample a specified number of colors from your image and create a border/frame for your image.

It's nice because the color theme matches (resembles your image).

You can access the plug-in here --> Sample Color Border Plug-in

Here's a sample of what the plug-in can create:

Health bar for forum's topics/views counters

We've decided to add visual aid to forum's topics/views counters in the form of health bars.

This way users can quickly get a feel of each forum's number of posts/views out of site's total posts/views.

Networth revised

Networth calculation on our forum has been revised.

Since a website's worth is based on traffic/views, the networth of member/forum/topic are now purely calculated based on views.

The formula used was member/forum/topic views divided by total views, multiplied by worth of site.

You can view forum/topic's worth by clicking on dollar sign icon when viewing forum/topic.

You can view a member's worth by clicking on dollar sign icon under their profile (when you're logged in).

Note: Networth is only for entertainment purposes.

Yearbook Page plug-in

After finding out about the existence of thispersondoesnotexist.com, we thought we would create a simple plug-in that loads a number of images (specified by user) into a grid that makes it look like a yearbook or employee list.

You can access the plug-in here --> Yearbook Page plug-in.

Here's an example of what the plug-in generates.
Caption added manually added after plug-in result

Select Random Zigzag Plug-in

We're created a plug-in that selects a number (specified by user) of random point polygon.

This ends up being a selection of alternating positive and negative space.

You can then apply your changes or clear the selection for an interesting look.

You can access the plug-in here --> Select Random Zigzag plug-in.

Here's an example created by Issabella (using the plug-in).

Introducing Social Shares

We're created a Social Shares subforum (under Anything Goes subforum).

It's for members to share anything they find on social networks (ie. facebook) that might brighten someone's day or inspire someone.

It's meant to be a place where better than average videos/images are shared as there are many things that are not worth sharing on social networks.

You can access the subforum here --> Social Shares subforum

Drawing a flower using Lined-Paths plug-in Tutorial

After having the Lined-Paths plug-in installed, you might want to check out
Ella's "Drawing a flower using Lined-Paths plug-in" tutorial.

There Ella instructs you how to draw a simple path(s) then uses the Lined-Paths plug-in with appropriate settings which creates a flower petal.

Then you can flip/rotate the petal as many times as you like to get a beautiful flower such as below.

A friendly youtube video tag/keywords parser (Codeskulptor program)

As I sometimes do things that aren't related to GIMP.
This is one of them.

I was looking into other youtube videos that ranked high and wanted to get keywords/tag ideas in order to tag my own video in the hopes that my video can rank high too with relevant keywords.

You could Ctrl+U and search for keywords but it's not very friendly.

I wanted to be able to copy all the source code from the video page and dump it into a simple program and let the program parse the keywords and print them out for me.

So I wrote a little simple tool that does that for you in Codeskulptor.

You can access it here --> Youtube video tags/keywords parser