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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

We're added a lottery sub-forum

For the times when I don't have a GIMP plug-in to write, I sometimes write simple easy to use programs for lottery systems.

I write them enough that I thought they should belong in a sub-forum (at least from now on anyways) so I have created a Sub-forum called "lottery" under MISC forums.

In this sub-forum, from now on I'll add my codeskulptor program for lottery methods.

As a first topic/thread in the forum, I posted an Easy Search Codeskulptor program for the Lottery Bible posted on lotterypost.com

You can access the lottery sub-forum -> here

UPDATE: I have moved all "lottery" related posts to the "lottery" sub-forum. So we're good now they don't have to be missing in "anything goes" sub-forum.

Fill Average Color Plug-in (To aid in doing polygon art) revisited

Polygon art using Fill Average Color Plug-in sample

If you've used version 1 of the script: You would notice that for example in doing a face, after "Filling average color" of the eyes, to do area around the eyes you'll have to exclude selecting the eyes otherwise it'll be overdrawn and your work on the eye is lost.

Now, I have revisited this plug-in and thought a simple Subtraction of [Alpha to Selection of working layer] from selection would save a ton of work.  This way you can after finishing the eye, select an area that might include part of the eye or all of the eye and the eye won't be overdrawn, and the average color is calculated accurately based on area that isn't yet done.

You can get version 2 of plug-in here

Color Explosion/Abstract Pixels Plug-in

I thought I would write a plug-in that stretches an image into the 3rd dimension.
so it looks somewhat abstracted.

I take the average RGB value and use that as depth.
The brighter the colour, the further it stretches towards the viewer.

You can get the plug-in here.  Warning: Very Slow Plug-in.

Here's an interesting result of what it can generate:
A friend's dog

Just another "mild" forum success story!

The year was 2016. I often visited a forum and noticed they didn't have the posted "hours ago" on the post times. This was something I wanted to see on a forum.  To me, it would register quicker on the brain than reading a full date and time.

This was what triggered me to create a forum of my own.  Well, that wasn't the only reason.  I also enjoyed writing scripts/plug-ins for GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) to share with people.

I read that one of the key points to having a successful blog was that you must find something you're passionate about and I was passionate about writing plug-ins for people. I figured I could start a forum and if it's not successful, at least I'll have a place to share/save all the plug-ins that I have written for myself and other people.

So a forum was born in September 2016.  It started out ranking very low (nearly 14 millionth) like any other new site on the net. But I was most happy with the feature that I wanted which was to show post times with "hours ago". 

I then read about how to start out a forum at first, when there are no visitors, you have to create some accounts yourself and have conversations with yourself to attract visitors making it look like there are things going on and not just another dead/unsuccessful forum.  I tried this with one account but I found it was beyond boring.  Luckily, there were some members from the forum that I visited who noticed my forum and decided to the the first ones to join my forum. Thanks to those initial members, they added/shared their GIMP artworks to the forum and conversations started to take place.  Some also requested scripts to be written which gave me a chance to add content (plug-ins) to my forum. Getting the initial members that give you ideas for content is the hardest part I think.

Fast forward, 2 years later (2018), we're ranked under 1 millionth which means in 2 years, surpassed about 13 million sites (That's about 17 thousands sites a day).  It's no big success by any measure but I consider it a "mild" success plus we don't know what the future has in store for us.  Within the past year, there were about 50 thousand downloads from our site.

I started out not knowing anything about running a forum.  After creating the forum, I started going on a rampage with forum extensions to add features.  Then after a short period of time, I learned that many features were unused bells and whistles that just added to the slowness of the site so I removed them.  Now, pretty much every feature on the forum is used/useful.

Along the way, I made quite a few online relationships (with forum members).  They're like my extended family.  They're very supportive of me. Thanks to them for that.  They test my scripts, share results and share ideas on how the script(s) can be improved.

I was always curious to check to see how much my forum is worth. It started out at like under $50, but now it's worth over $7,700.  I wouldn't sell it even if there were buyers.  The forum is a big part of me now.  It's a corner stone of my online experience!   

A short while ago, I thought I would also create a blog which I and/or other authors can write about anything going on at my forum, so this blog was born.

I tried searching for "forum success stories" and found no relevant results.  Personally, I thought I would love to read forum success stories (no matter how "mild").  Just to be able to imagine the steps along the way or to be able to compare numbers of ranking/worth of then versus now would be intriguing.  So hopefully this post satisfies that need to those that are curious.

Gold Rose Brushes

oldmangrump has shared some beautiful gold rose brushes with us.
You can get the brush here.

Grade-school art

I remember in Elementary school, my math teacher would tell us, as part of a fun project to draw lines and divide them up into equal parts and then join them to get cool looking criss-cross patterns.

So I wrote a plug-in that does that (the criss-crossing part). You'll just have to draw 2 lines on 2 separate vectors.

The Plug-in can be found here --> Lined Paths Plug-in.

Here's a sample of what the plug-in can create:
example 1 - 2 circular paths
example 2 - 2 circular paths (with one flipped horizontally)
example 3 - 2 circular paths (with one flipped horizontally and vertically)
example 3 - 2 ciruclar paths (with one slightly rotated)
example 4 - 2 lines going in opposite directions
another sample of what you can create with this plug-in: