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Designers - What are your download totals?

Jun 30, 2010 at 13:29

Mine, through June 29:

AmyBats (5 fonts): 53,767 since Feb, 2008
FixCystNeon: 4,583 since May, 2010
FrazettaBats1: 46,368 since May, 2008
HaydenPanettiereBats: 32,286 since May, 2008
KleinKarpets: 122,011 since Jan, 2008
ObeyGalleria: 27,645 since Jan, 2010
ObeyPatterns: 33,150 since Jan, 2010
ObeyRevolution: 35,835 since Jan, 2010
ObeyRockers: 31,886 since Jan, 2010
ObeyTyrant: 18,415 since Jan, 2010
Obey Series 1 (12 fonts): 8,222 since Jan, 2010
Obey Series 2 (10 fonts): 16,050 since Jan, 2010

Edited on Jun 30, 2010 at 13:30 by metaphasebrothel


Jun 30, 2010 at 13:41

20 Cents Marker, 79 066 - 2005
Defused, 816 424 - sep 2005
Officer X, 78 012 - mar 2006

Edited on Jun 30, 2010 at 13:44 by vinz


Jun 30, 2010 at 14:10

My Totals are unremarkable, but i found out that it's very useful to do updates. Updates are shown on the main page and will be downloaded a lot more than all the other fonts. Of course you don't have to change a lot of the font if you don't want to.


Jun 30, 2010 at 15:30

There are some people, whom I won't name, who update the same font every couple of weeks, just to move up to a top page. That's frowned upon. My AmyBats font went to updates when I added font #5, and FixCystNeon went to updates after one day, because I had put the Euro symbol in the wrong place, and Rodolphe fixed it for me. As you can see from the download figures for that font, it didn't help me get many extra downloads, but I think the figures will go up when I complete my banner ad, which is quite elaborate.

Awesome numbers for Defused, vinz, but that would be a drop in the bucket for Billy A. He's got 230,000 for Ginga on fontspace. To extrapolate a dafont total from that, multiply by 20-30.


Jun 30, 2010 at 15:48

Clementine 20,509
JaysFX 13,829
Jibbajabba 8,580
Rough Typewriter 353,681
Shake And Bake 29,077
Tooney Loons 40,674

Not sure where to find the upload dates...

-- J

Edited on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:37 by JasonArthur


Jun 30, 2010 at 16:00

JasonArthur said  
Not sure where to find the upload dates...

Just under "Note of the Author" on the font's page.


Jun 30, 2010 at 16:09

Oh yeah, almost forgot the point of the post:
Zepto (March 09): 18,106
Pic0 (May 09): 22,614

Here's some elaborate graph from when I used to collect data each night:
Red=Zepto Blue=Pic0

Guess what was responsible for the peaks?

Edited 2 times. Last edit on Jun 30, 2010 at 16:22 by d[esign]


Jun 30, 2010 at 17:23

PS. download stats are now public anyway

(on the font pages, on the author's page under the name, and here for the most downloaded authors of the previous day)


Jun 30, 2010 at 23:21

d[esign], I find that my download numbers usually increase on each of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then they start to decline on Thursdays and Fridays, and then they drop off markedly on the weekend, then the cycle repeats. My guesses for the sharp peaks on your graph:

1) Numbers for most people probably go up or down significantly on the days when new fonts are posted. Obviously brand new fonts will have a major spike within 1-3 days, but the older catalogue will usually increase as well when a designer adds something new.

2) If you are referenced on a prominent blog, that will help download numbers for at least a couple of weeks.

3) If one of your fonts places highly in the 'Top fonts' category, it can tend to stay there, because I think many visitors browse that way instead of my Newest fonts or other search terms.

4) Adding a banner ad might make a spike, but not that much.

5) Having older fonts added to updates can easily create spikes like that, but the effect would probably be short term.

6) I wonder if those who have been reviewed in the 'looking at each other's fonts thread experienced any fluctuation of download figures afterwards. I would think the 'Up to Wednesday, down until Sunday' trend would be a much bigger factor.

I think the graph itself is a bit much, though. It reminds me of when I used to recalculate my FreeCell winning percentage every few games, to see what percentage of the remaining games I would have to win to top 84% by the end of the current hundred games.

The worst case scenario is that a lot of different people were having problems with downloaded .zips, so they had to download your same font multiple times to get a good copy. I hope there isn't anyone out there who is downloading their own font, over and over, just to move up on the Top Fonts page. That would just be fooling yourself.

Who's Next?


Jul 01, 2010 at 02:36

"5" is responsible for the massive peaks. I guess it sort of proves definitively that having a small link on the home page boosts downloads considerably. What was most surprising was that on the decline from the update (for both fonts) there was a slight rise, almost like a second wind. I agree the graph is a bit much (that's why I don't do it anymore), but it really tells you a lot about how a product sits, for instance the fact that when Pic0 was released Zepto downloads dived and overall Pic0 picked up the old Zepto average at about 100-125 tells me that it replaced the product even though it's a different style and idea altogether. If I had of kept collecting data though I would have been able to prove that download averages decrease after updates (it's clear for Zepto and just starting for Pic0 on the graph).

It'd be awesome to have automated graphs like that under "my account" for daFont!

I hope there isn't anyone out there who is downloading their own font, over and over, just to move up on the Top Fonts page.

That'd be very sad... Maybe if they made an online game like "Download the Font" it wouldn't be so sad; download a copy of a font as many times as you can against the clock to win the golden EULA and make a font author rich through Adsense revenue (patent pending).


Jul 01, 2010 at 02:51

@ d[esign]:
"That'd be very sad... Maybe if they made an online game like "Download the Font" it wouldn't be so sad; download a copy of a font as many times as you can against the clock to win the golden EULA and make a font author rich through Adsense revenue (patent pending)."

That's the purpose of many 'cookies', so web sites can track the number of unique views by ISP, when calculating advertising rates based on traffic.

Edited on Jul 01, 2010 at 02:52 by metaphasebrothel


Jul 01, 2010 at 03:00

@metaphasebrothel: Did you really think there for a moment that my idea (so seriously put) would fly!?

Edited on Jul 01, 2010 at 03:00 by d[esign]


Jul 11, 2010 at 02:46

Oh didn't know stats were public! Wow I'm #20 haha. I think I could've been pretty high up there when Infected was still #1. That guy raked in like 10,000 a day *v*

Alien Strawberry 23 49,546
Asian Girl 18 29,326
BlackCasper 68 95,672
Celeste Hand 57 25,780
Clarisse 35 21,757
Gordon Heights 53 35,664
Gothical 175 100,795
Infected 735 531,649
James Han 136 120,965
Lemons Can Fly 576 18,135
Make Juice 373 57,531
Northwood High 277 191,997
Rocketship Town 566 20,111
University High 126 24,510
Valerie Hand (update) 380 55,150
White Tie Affair 106 11,619

My stats have definitely seen better days haha


Jul 11, 2010 at 02:49

Looking through everyone's stats right now... Cheri has 2,680,181 downloads @_@


Jul 11, 2010 at 14:58

http://www.dafont.com/fr/damien-gosset.d971
Abuse 251647
BeijingWigoWhat 44360
Bones Bummer 103696
Coin Locker Datura 61273
Fucked Plate 53975
Knife Fight 134939
PixArrows 4788
Posca Mad Thrasherz 155140
Rififi Serif 3117
Sweeep 20074
Veru Serif 21637
Ver Army 66722


Sep 10, 2010 at 13:42

Convalescence - 56,988
Andy Dufresne - 89,120
Bleeding Trough - 28,331
174,439 total.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I saw a death metal band whose logo was simply their name typed out in Convalescence. I'd never have to work another day in my life.



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